Colonoscopy - Good News

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Hobo
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   Posted 12/25/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a colonoscopy the other day. My last one was over a year ago and my whole colon was infected. I started Humira about one year ago and have been doing a lot better.

Good news on my recent colonoscopy. Only my left side is showing inflammation. The rest of my colon looks normal. Feeling really good about it right now.

hamley
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   Posted 12/25/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Yay!  That's awesome news!  Merry Christmas  :)
Female- almost 21!
Diagnosed 9/1/08

mild colitis
Meds:  Rowasa 4g
Asacol 400 mg two 3 times/day
Hyoscyamine .125mg as needed
Percocet/ Vicodin as needed
multivitamin





 


unclebubba
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   Posted 12/25/2008 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on improvement and Merry Christmas
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten


jano437
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   Posted 12/25/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news Congrats and Merry Christmas
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Pro-Bio
Forvia
calcium
Entocort 3 in the morning


bbc
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   Posted 12/25/2008 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Sweet!!!
Ever get any side effects from the Humira?


Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


Hobo
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   Posted 12/26/2008 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
bbc said...
Sweet!!!
Ever get any side effects from the Humira?


No side effects at all yet. Pen injection once every two weeks. Very easy.

I have been on & off prednisone for several years. I could never get below 20mg without flaring. After starting Humira I have been able to get down to 7.5mg. My GI had me weaning 2.5mg every week. I thought it was too fast but she insisted. I got down to 2.5mg and started flaring again. My GI wanted me to consider having my colon removed.
We bumped me to 7.5mg of prednisone. I was doing OK but still had severe urgency and some bleeding & diarrhea.

I decided to get a second opinion. Went to a different GI in October. He did not think I was ready to have my colon removed. He scheduled the Colonoscopy and prescribed Asacol which made my symptoms worse. I stopped the Asacol.

BUT, around September I decided to cut wheat out of my diet completely. By the end of October I was doing REALLY well. One or two bowel movements a day with solid formed stools. No more bleeding or diarrhea. I started taking the Asacol that my new GI prescribed and my symptoms got worse. I stopped taking the Asacol and my symptoms went away within one day.

I felt good enough to start weaning myself off of Prednisone but I wanted to wait for this colonoscopy and see what my new GI had to say.
Since the inflammation has receded to only my left side he is going to start weaning the predinsone by only 1mg which I like a lot better. He also prescribed an enema. Not sure which one because I haven't had the prescription filled yet. I actually haven't even looked at the prescription yet. I won't get it filled until next week.

I really feel that cutting wheat out of my diet has helped tremendously. I actually ate something with wheat in it about a month ago and had blood in my stool the very next day. No more wheat since.

I bought some "Rice" bread the other day from Whole Foods and made myself a grilled cheese sandwich. It was delicious.

bbc
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   Posted 12/26/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the excellent feedback. Were you ever tested for glutein intolerance?
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


Hobo
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 187
   Posted 12/26/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
bbc said...
Thanks for the excellent feedback. Were you ever tested for glutein intolerance?


I was tested for allergies about 4 years ago. Came back negative. I don't know if they specifically tested for glutein.

bbc
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   Posted 12/26/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Your GI doc can and should order this test for you especially since you think wheat may be an issue
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!

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