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chili123
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   Posted 2/5/2008 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
The last blood tests that I had done was in August.  How often to you all get your blood checked, especially during or after a flare?  I worry about my iron and potassium most b/c that always seems to be so off.  I am taking 3 iron pills a day and not sure if I should keep taking them because I am not anemic anymore.....
Pancolitis - July 2006
Medications:  Predisone - 5mg ,asacol - 12 tablets per day
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium, folic acid
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   Posted 2/5/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I was actually wondering this same thing today! I have bloodwork every 3 months. It is usually CBC, Folate, B12. I also have my thyroid checked every 6 months.
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Meesh
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   Posted 2/5/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're not anemic anymore you should probably just take the RDA of iron and talk with your GI regarding the frequency of blood tests. I've been getting mine done about every 6 months or as needed. If something comes up I get it done again after I get treated for whatever it was, i.e., after I had the iron injections we did another blood test to make sure my levels were where they should be. Now I take a multivitamin with iron.
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   Posted 2/6/2008 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Before I started 6mp, if I was flaring I would have my blood drawn every 6 months or so and depending on if they found anything; sometimes it would be sooner. But when I wasn't flaring, I had to go in yearly.
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   Posted 2/6/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Every three months for me, CBC and liver functions. Now that I'm off Azathioprine, I hope he'll go to six months.
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sodbuster19
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   Posted 2/6/2008 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I have not had any blood work done in over 4yrs!! Even when I had some bad flairs all the only test I did was a stool sample. Makes me think I should ask my GI why I'm not having tests done more.

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basa0806
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   Posted 2/6/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Even though I'm still in remission I see my GI every six months and they take my blood every time. When I was flaring they would take it every time I saw the GI (which was like once a month back then)

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expecting226
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   Posted 2/6/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I am the same as sbauer07 - I see my GI every 6 months, even when in remission, and have bloodwork every time. When flaring, I have it more often... usually every time I see the GI, which is more often during a flare.
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- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)


Beth75
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   Posted 2/6/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think I ever really had any blood work on a routine basis before going on azathioprine. for that I got checked every week for 4 weeks then monthly for 3 months and I think every 3 months now.
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   Posted 2/6/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Every month for me cuz of the azathiorpine.  I also see my GI every 6 months even when in remission. Now more frequently because I'm trying to wean off the Remicade.

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ediekristen
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   Posted 2/6/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
When I started azathioprine I was getting it done every week or every two weeks... Also my potassium levels are really low ever since my last round of prednisone so my doctor has been checking it at least once a month now. Sad that the last time I called to set up an appointment at the lab, the lady asked my name and when I told her she was like "Oh! I should have recognized your voice!" :( I hate when people at hospitals and labs know me by name, it's kind of depressing really.....
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of spine from long term prednisone use

Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
125mg Azathioprine
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)
10meq Potassium
 
 


chili123
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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
ediekristen.............sad, but that is very funny! UC is SO high maintenence, isn't it?
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Medications:  Predisone - 5mg ,asacol - 12 tablets per day
Supplements:  multi-vit, calcium, folic acid
My wish:  get off prednsione....been on straight since 8/2006


Red_34
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   Posted 2/7/2008 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Ediekristen, that reminded me of what the lab ladies once said to me. When I was going in weekly after I was put on 6mp, I told them "No offense, but I'm getting tired of seeing you ladies!" She replied, "Oh but we like seeing you! It means job security!" I still get a chuckle about that lol.
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ediekristen
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   Posted 2/7/2008 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hahah, that's so true :)

I was in and out of this one hospital for blood work and scopes during a bad flare so the ladies there all knew me by name and it was a strangely nice feeling because at least I knew I was in good hands because they cared enough to remember..

After a colonoscopy once they sent me a get well card (which I had never received from a hospital before) and it was addressed "To the Nicer Paris" because at the time I had bleach blond hair and the Simple Life show had just come out so every day I would have someone tell me I looked like Paris Hilton.
I thought it was pretty funny since no one had mentioned the connection while I was there, so I wondered if they were all talking about it while I was under anesthesia "hey, you know who Edie kind of looks like?" hahaha.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of spine from long term prednisone use

Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
125mg Azathioprine
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)
10meq Potassium
 
 

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