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Serenity Now
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   Posted 1/27/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi!  Just recently found this forum and have already learned so much more from it than from the pamphlets I was given at the hospital or from any "official" health websites.  Bless you all, you are a godsend!
 
I was tentatively diagnosed with UC after a colonoscopy two weeks ago (Jan 12).  My GI said she found inflammation in my colon, which is why she came up with UC, but she took tissue samples to send to the lab to confirm.  In addition, she had me start taking Asacol, and my reaction will also help confirm.
 
Now, my question... I had already recovered from almost all of my symptoms at the time of the colonoscopy.  The only symptom is I still don't have what I consider "normal" stools, like I did before all this began (June 2008).  They are certainly firmer than when I was flaring (most of the time I just had "mush"), but they are still looser than before.  I no longer see any blood.  No stomach aches, no cramping during BMs.  I have gained back the weight I lost.  No more life-sucking fatigue.  I would have called that a remission... but then the colonoscopy showed inflammation?? 
 
As for the Asacol... I have experienced exactly NO difference in symptoms because I had no symptoms when I began it (except for loose stool which has continued with no change).  I guess it could be working on reducing the inflammation for all I know ---- since I can't see in there!  smilewinkgrin
 
So was/am I in remission if the scope shows inflammation but I have no symptoms?? 
 

Kiss520
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   Posted 1/27/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
If your inflammation isn't causing symptoms anymore, then the inflammation is probably going away.  Whatever you're doing to make that happen, keep doing it!



Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Remission
 
 
 
 


Serenity Now
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   Posted 1/27/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Awesome! Then I am guessing the inflammation was worse when my symptoms were in full force than at the time of the scope.

And as for what I did to make it go away -- no idea! Other than lay around on the sofa and whine, LOL. I had no clue as to what was even wrong with me at the time.
ack


Kiss520
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   Posted 1/27/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, the two pretty much go hand in hand. So keep laying around and whining!
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Remission
 
 
 
 


Serenity Now
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   Posted 1/27/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
And now I can tell my husband it's medically necessary...! ;)
ack

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