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   Posted 9/7/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I know this disease is so different for each individual person.  But was just wondering on average how often do you have to have a colonoscopy done w/ this disease?  I had one when I was 49 - not diagnosised then only diverticulosis.  Again at 51 diagnosised w/ UC.
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   Posted 9/7/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I think yearly. But somehow i am going on 3 years now! friggin VA...
26y old male med disharge veteran
Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004
Current daily treatment:
1000mg sup asacol
2400mg oral asacol
40mg prednisone
75mg azathioprine
20mg Nexum
Still 4-5 bloody, mucus bowel movents a day! Blah...

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   Posted 9/7/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
My Dr likes to do one every 2 yrs unless I am having alot of issues,then sooner. I was dx in 2002 and have had 4 or 5.
Dx with Ulcerative Colitis September 2002
Dx with Multiple Sclerosis August 2006

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   Posted 9/7/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Once a year.
All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Diagnosed with UC: July 2006

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   Posted 9/7/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had a Colonoscopy done since July 2007, thankfully, but... had non prep sigs since, my last one was in July, and my next one is my 6 mo check up in January. I really don't know when I'm going to have another Colonoscopy.

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   Posted 9/7/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI does every 2 years until you've been diagnosed for ten years, then yearly.
Judy - Southern US 
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   Posted 9/7/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
It generally depends on your doc and he typically goes by what catagory you are in based on your severity I believe.

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   Posted 9/8/2008 2:17 AM (GMT -6)   
You should have a scope a year after diagnosis with biopsies throught. Good baseline. If all is clear regarding cancer/precancer...every 2 - 3 years seems to be the norm with my doc. I have about 30 - 36 biopsies done every time...every 3 years. No cancer or precancer.

It'll stay every 3 years unless I have out of the ordinary symptoms that aren't improving with my meds to make sure nothing wonky is going on.

In general, I'd say that it would depend on the previous scope biopsy results....


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   Posted 9/8/2008 5:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Before my 10 year mark, I went in every 5 years for the colonoscopy but had a sigmoidoscopy every year - if the doc saw anything hinky then he would do a c-scope though. Now that I am past 10 years, my GI likes to do them every 2 years unless he sees something wrong then I have to go in yearly.
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   Posted 9/8/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I showed "dysplaxia" in one of my previous scopes (that can indicate the cells are changing) so should be going in once a year. Although it's been over a year since my last one. Different doctors seem to have different timing.

33 yr old, female.
Diagnosed with UC in 1996, symptoms since 1990
Currently in a UC flare since July 2008 *grrrr*
On Imuran 2mg/day, Primal Defence 2 tables/day, now added cortifoam for flare

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   Posted 9/8/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never had one and have had UC for 4 years
22 years old
Diagnosed with UC June 2005 at age 19
Just graduated from Virginia Tech but unemployed because current flare has left me out of commission
Have taken: Cortifoam, Asacol, Dicyclomine, Prednisone, Sulfasalazine, Cipro, Flagyl, Codine, Hydrocodone, Roxicodone, Canasa, Zoloft, Probiotics (recent), Aloe Vera Juice

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   Posted 9/8/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
So you were DX via sigmoidoscopy then?

Samynic said...
I have never had one and have had UC for 4 years

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

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