Colonoscopy cause you to flare?

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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a very severe flare in June and once my symptoms were somewhat controlled my doctor had me get another Colonoscopy in October. Now I have been in a flare ever since. Has anyone else ever been thrown into a flare with the procedure? My brother-in-law had the same problem. Dr. says it can't cause it but I don't believe him...
23 year old female
Diagnosed with UC in Oct 2007 after being hospitalized
Last hospitalized again for 10 days June 2008. Needed blood transfusions, steroids for 3 months
3 pills daily of Lialda
2 Canasa (rectal suspension) daily
Fish oil
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I went into full flare after my colonoscopy. The day after I felt so sick, blood, mucous, lots of bathroom trips. I waited a few days before I called the doctor because I thought maybe it was normal to have a mini-flare. I kept getting sicker and more owwie. So, the doctor upped my Entocort to 27mg (from 9mg) and I was under control in a couple of weeks.

I don't believe your doctor either!
Suffered my whole life before being diagnosed. Very bitter.
Diagnosed: August 2005
Health Status: In remission for the first time! IBS, Fatigue, Muscle/Joint pain, "Random Attacks"

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   Posted 1/26/2009 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, yes. We wait until I'm doing really well, because it always irritates things. My doc seems to know that.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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   Posted 1/26/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Colonoscopies can most definitely bring on a flare.

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

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   Posted 1/27/2009 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I flared from my last one... Unfortunately for me the high number of biopsies really plays a number on the poor colon. The docs who don't believe this don't have IBD. But I am nonetheless having them done frequently now. Not every scope has flared me but the last one definitely did. I hate the prep (I use go-litely as it's the gentlest by far on the ut) but I think my gut has no problem with it compared to the biopsies.
Pancolitis ~20 years, once had a full med-free 10 year remission,
but flaring/simmering on and off for years, allergic to all 5ASAs
12.5ish mg pred, 100 mg Imuran TCM (acupuncture & herbs)
Probiotics (PD, Cust.Probiot., Culturelle, VSL3, etc), DMSO, TSO, hookworm
Turmeric/circuminboswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD), Remicade

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   Posted 1/27/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I got a flare after my last one. Didn't even have biopsies taken because I was on coumadin at the time.
33 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
Meds:1600 mg Asacol a day, Ferrex, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Lovenox, on and off Prednisone (40 mg then taper)

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   Posted 1/27/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had a flare that was getting better get way worse after a sigmoidoscopy once, but I've been okay with my c-scopes. I'm sure it can happen with either.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops

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   Posted 1/27/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had my scope, it only showed distal disease, just in the rectum and sigmoid colon. The day of and for a few days after I was passing very large amounts of blood. I haven't stopped bleeding ever since and have gone quickly downhill. My doctor keeps referring to my disease as distal and a "small amount of severe inflammation" but I am positive it has spread, especially since I have constant pain through my entire midsection, including the right side. I also did the Fleet prep and I think that might have had something to do with it as well.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg


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