My GI doctor tried to scope me while I was flaring a few years back and only was able to go up 20 cm. All that crappy prep for naught! From then on, he wouldn't dare attempt a scope on me while I was in a flare. He said he was afraid of perferating the ulcers. Make sense to me.
I was hospitalized last May for UC and my fifth day I was scoped but the GI doctor used a pediatric scope on me. Very narrow.
So in answer to your question. NO...I wouldn't go through a colonoscopy while flaring. Explain to your doctor that you would rather wait till you are in remission. Furthermore...you just had a scope five months ago! My scope was last May and my doctor isn't pushing for me to have another one yet.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!! Hope I don't jinx myself. Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks. Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.