I have a question about remission

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   Posted 8/3/2008 4:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I found out I have UC pancolitis 2 weeks ago.  I was hospitalized and came out yesterday. 
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I'm Korean and It is mandatory for me to serve in the Korean army for 2 years.  I found out that people who have UC are exempt from serving in the army.  The thing is that I will have to show proof to the Korean army that I have UC.  Due to complicated circumstances I probably will have to have another endoscopy at hospital that is recognized by the Korean army.
I had an endoscopy 2 weeks ago and I think it would be bad to do another one anytime soon since I am on medications now.  I'm worrying that I will be in remission at the time of doing the endoscopy. 
Can someone tell me if it is still possible to detect if somone has UC even when the person is in remission through endoscopy or any other tests?

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 8/3/2008 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
you cant diagnose UC through an endoscopy.
only through a colonoscopy as it only affects the colon.

and yes it is possible to see UC while in remission when you are that close to having a flare.
usually (and i say "usually") you will still have signs of inflammation that havent completely healed yet even though you feel fine.

but then again, im not a doctor and i could be wrong
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
currently flaring again..  grrr! (triggered by stress - grrr)
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
tumeric capsules x3 a day

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   Posted 8/3/2008 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, welcome :) After the colonoscopy, even while in remission, the docs can tell thru visual examinations and/or biopsies. But I think that having another one after only 2 weeks might be a bit dangerous. Did you have to do the prep where you had to clean out your colon? If so, these preps can be hard on the kidneys. But it's good you are on medications. I do hope they are making you feel better at least?
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   Posted 8/3/2008 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you.
Yes, I had to prep and clean out my colon. Thanks for the info about the colonscopy. I hate the taste of that prep medicine.
It's been about a month since my UC pancolitis started and I've been looking at so many of my own stools that everything is a blur :( After being on steriods and asacol and other stuff for about 2 weeks, half the time I go to the toilet there is blood, and my BM has increased. Before 100% blood in my stool. I'm just glad to see that at least half the trip to the toilet isn't bloody. After having bloody stools for 4 weeks, I had lost hope of having a non bloody stools.
I just want to get off the steriods asap, I'm so scared of the side effects. I had to IV the steriods in the beginning and now I'm taking 6 pills atm and slowly decreasing. Seems a lot of people are talking about pimples and stuff, but for me my skin is sooo nice after using these steroids. I have like baby soft skin now and the red areas in my face are white now. I will face the reality of my skin when I am totally off steroids.
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