Gen. Practitioner questions

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   Posted 4/10/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I've sheduled an appointment with my general practitioner and I am wondering if there are any specific questions or anything I should test for considering my UC.
FYI: I stopped prescriptions November 2007 and tapered prednisone totally from 5mg since that time also. I have started to flare due to poor dietary habits. I have had crazy inflamation throughout my body due to the flare. but I am eating and drinking right again and am feeling better.
So are there any specific bloodtests I should ask for. ANy help would be appreciated b/c the DR. is my first general practitioner and I have only seen her like twice in my life.
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  I must say Under Control, 1 formed BM/day
RX/day:  Tapered Prednisone completely January 2008. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
(believe me I know my body and do not recommend doing this!!!)
OTC: seldom use VSL#3, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it. For Lent I gave up peanuts, sweets, and fried foods...

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/10/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
At best, your GP will have only general knowledge of your UC. You will need a referral to a GI to treat your UC. While you are with your GP, you should have full routine bloodwork done so that your GI does not have to request it. Your GP may also be able to write you scripts for your meds again. Are you considering taking meds again? I highly recommend maintenance meds to prevent the spread of the UC in the colon and to keep body inflammation down.

Be sure to mention if you have been bleeding, how many bms, consistency, etc.

Good luck.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Flaring :(
40mg pred, Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Cortifoam, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio, Calcium, Vitamin D
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   Posted 4/10/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
If you are just going in for a check up, you can have them test your blood levels CBC, B12 and B6, I'm sure there are others out there. Normally if you see a GI they do that anyway but if you haven't seen your GI in a while then I guess it's a start. But I too recommend that you get all these tests thru your GI since they are more knowledable. One thing you might want to ask for since you were on pred (not sure for how long?) is a bone density test. Pred can make your bones brittle if not careful.
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