Hello, Susie: I was thinking about
you and even wanted to write you an email asking questions about
my Crohn's, because you have always been extremely helpful to say the least.
I had a normal colonoscopy in November of 2018 with the following finding: "The terminal ileum appeared normal. Biopsies were taken with a cold forceps for histology. The colon (entire examined portion) appeared normal. Biopsies were taken with a cold forceps for histology." Even the biopsies of terminal ileum and right colon were normal from pathological diagnosis.
The Chinese herbs appear to have helped me along the so many years of my Crohn's, because when I was diagnosed in 1994, colonoscopy showed "there were multiple aphthous ulcers in the cecum, multiple ulcers in the terminal ileum, mucosal changes from sigmoid colon to the rectum". Pathological findings in 1994 consisted of focal granulomatous ileitis, focal active colitis with granulomas in cecum and focal active colitis at 25 cm.
Fast forward 25 years later, the colonoscopy was completely normal, so there is nothing to dilate. The weird thing is that my small bowel is getting worse. The following is my MRE report from August of 2018: "Multiple areas of distal small bowel thickening, mucosal hyperenhancement, and stricturing with upstream bowel dilation, for example measuring 2.2 cm distally (series 1500 image 7), with other areas upstream measuring 1.8 cm (series 1500. Image 17), 2.9 cm (series 1600 image 27), 2.2 cm (series 1500 image 27), and 2.6 cm (series 1600 image 6) which are grossly unchanged in distribution from prior. There has been interval increase in small bowel dilation implying worsening obstruction. The terminal ileum is normal (series 1500 image 19). The stomach, large bowel, and proximal small bowel are normal. No fistula or abscess. Bowel motility is normal."
Post Edited (EruditePaul) : 7/18/2019 9:36:17 PM (GMT-6)