They can't perform a procedure you do not agree to (assuming you are in your "right mind" and able to make such decisions.
However, since it has been 10 years since your last colonoscopy your gastro is not only justified in his suggestiion it is time for another he would be remiss if he didn't do so. Crohn's disease and/or Ulcerative colitis are not the only reason(s) to undergo a colonoscopy - colorectal cancer is a very major reason to agree to having one done after 10 years.
Why not explain that you just are not up to agreeing to one right now but realize that the time is drawing near that you should and suggest that the two of you revisit the subject in 3 to 6 months when hopefully you will better able to undergo one.
Crohn's symptoms began mid-1975; Dx'd at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, early 1976; resection of 18" mid-ileum early 1978; 20 year total remission; symptomatic remission 1998 to current.
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Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 2/19/2013 8:15:04 PM (GMT-7)