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   Posted 3/19/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I just went for a follow up scope yesterday.  In June 07, the doctor found 4 polyps, one of which was a tubulovillous adenoma and severely active disease in the descending colon.  Since I had only had a scope a year prior (2006) with a former doctor (that was completely normal and UC was inactive), I was told to follow up within the year because it is odd that a 32 year old woman would have so many polyps form in only one year. 
So, back to yesterday's scope.  The scope was done only 8.5 months from my last, and I am nervous about the results.  First, the colitis was found to be inactive (after an 8 month flare) which is a very good thing.  The doctor did find one polyp that was removed and not concerning at all.  There was something else that was found, and the doctor was unsure about whether or not it was a polyp or what it was.  She told me that she was going to send it for several tests, and that I was to follow up in the office in 10 days once the biopsy results are in.  When I asked her a few questions, she just kept saying that she'd talk to me in ten days. 
Now, I know that these doctors know what it is they are looking at and can usually ease our minds to some extent if it's nothing to worry about (like she did with the other polyp).  She is a really nice dr. with a good bedside manner, so I know that she would have given me info if she thought she could.  Has anyone experienced anything like this?  After seven previous colonoscopies, I have never been asked to follow up in the office in 10 days after biopsy results are in.      
How could something concerning grow in only 8.5 months?  I have been under a tremendous amount of stress this year and I have caught a lot of infections (bronchitis, strep, ruptured ear drum due to severe ear infection) so I know my immune system has not been functioning properly AT ALL.  I have also had a few unexplained high fevers.  So, I am wondering now if anyof this might be related?
Anyone who can help?


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   Posted 3/19/2008 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
All I can say is try to stay calm about it because you could make yourself flare up by worrying about it. It sounds like she really does not know what it is, so she didn't want to jump to conclusions, instead she is waiting for the results to find out. I have had fevers because of my UC. And a wacky immune system. Hang in there. I hope everything turns out fine!
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had almost recto-vaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08

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   Posted 3/19/2008 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
having a biopsy done, can definitely take that long. for my kidneys they could only see what I had by looking at it through an electron microscope.
Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ almost in remission
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
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   Posted 3/19/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
In February I had a colonoscopy and the GI told me there was something that looked like a polyp near the cecum but he didn't know. He thought it might be a pseudopolyp, but couldn't tell. He didn't remove it because the colon is very thin there and he was worried about perforation. He did take a biopsy. I had to wait two weeks before the results were in. It was a polyp, but fortunately it was the kind of polyp that doesn't have to be removed because it is not precancerous. So, relax - wait and see. It could be that your GI wasn't sure if it was a pseudopolyp or not. Once the biopsy results are in you'll know. But don't assume the news will be bad.

Good luck to you!

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   Posted 3/20/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Having been in the same situation in the past, all I can say is be as calm about it as you can(easier said than done), wait for the results before jumping to any conclusions, and good luck,


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