8 flares in a 2 yr period. Colonoscopy advice?

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   Posted 1/6/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
After my last colonoscopy, I had 8 flares in 2 years. Never hospitalized from any of them,...but they did each hold me back for a month or so. I'm 26 now,..and just curious if I should get another colonoscopy,...or wait 5 years from my last one like the doctor told me?

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   Posted 1/6/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Is this period to be examined a regular timescale because at the height of my problems i was getting an endoscopy around 3 times a year and was classed as chronic throughout my illness, as for flareups,i just constanly bled and went from pillow to post with pred and asacol as a main treatment with alot of pred foam and from memory asacol foam.

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   Posted 1/6/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I bleed everytime I flare, and am worried to develop cancerous polyps. Thats primarily why I'm curious to know if I should go earlier? Or am I too young to develop any? Or does having this many flares since then make any difference?

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   Posted 1/6/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
my doctor orders one every year for me. I don't mind, it sets my mind at ease about cancer
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
Asacol 4 tabs 3 times daily
Entocort 3 in the morning

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   Posted 1/6/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
When was your last c-scope? If it was two years ago and you're pretty much flaring continually without meds...yes, you need to get one with LOTS of biopsies as a baseline for your next ones,,,considering you don't take any meds, bleeding...your colon in definitely in a fragile state which can leave you open to other problems .

*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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