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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/7/2007 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I battled Crohn's for years starting back in college. I wound up having surgery. (proctocolectomy/ileostomy).

That was about 15 years ago. I have not had any symptoms since. Soooo, therefore I have never, in the last 15 years, seen a doctor for a check-up of Crohn's.

My question is am I really stupid?? Do I need to be checked if I have no symptoms?

I have found info that states most people that have a resection will need other surgeries sometime in their life. But I have not found any info concerning expectations for people that have had the colon and rectum removed.

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 12/7/2007 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
You are not stupid...most people go to the doc only if they are having problems...15 yrs is a long time, so if you havn't been to any doc at all for anything in that period of time, for your peace of mind you could book an appointment for a full physical and discuss you surgery.
CD can affect any part of the GI tract as you know, so you've been very lucky it hasn't affected your small intestine in all those yrs especially after having your colon and rectom removed.


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 12/8/2007 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Just wanted to sy welcome to HW a grewet place for help and support. Glad to hear you have been doing good for so long. I guess it is a personal choice on how we get or not get treatment but I personally believe that a person should continue to get check up"s when they have this disease,Hoping you contiued success in your health. lol gail

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   Posted 12/8/2007 9:48 PM (GMT -7)   
het Mnguy. i say if ya dont go to the dr they cant find nuthin' wrong! but it probably would be prudent to have your ostomy scoped every few years.

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