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nucid
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   Posted 2/25/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anybody know how they diagnose how severe your UC is? If the colon looks different when they look at it, how do they know if you are severe, or moderate or mild. I had a colonoscopy 1 and 1/2 months after the worst part of my flare when most of my symptoms had improved. I'm wondering if I really do have mild UC.
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diagnosed January 2009
mild pancolitis
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fruitgirl
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   Posted 2/25/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor doesn't put much stock in the "mild, moderate, or severe" stuff, mostly because it really depends on when the colonoscopy is done how bad the colon looks. He basically said that colitis is colitis is colitis and that the symptoms a person is experiencing really doesn't seem to correlate with how extensive or bad the inflamation is.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


nucid
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   Posted 2/25/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
That make more sense.
Female 33 Married
diagnosed January 2009
mild pancolitis
Sulfasalazine 500mg 3X

"The Lord is my Shepherd"


basa0806
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   Posted 2/25/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI never used mild, moderate or severe. He did say though that my colon was "ulcerated" which meant he didn't see full blown ulcers. I never bled so I guess that makes sense. I would say mine was probably moderate. I had pretty bad D and cramping but never blood.
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   Posted 2/26/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been all over the board, mild, moderate to severe. When I am in the mild phase, my colon just looks a bit red when I had a scope but with severe, I had very open ulcers with active "pussing" and bleeding.
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nucid
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   Posted 2/26/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
So I guess its more a diagnosis of the current condition. I would like to believe that mild is what I could expect in the future. Maybe that is unreasonable. Thank you for the replies, it is very helpful!
Female 33 Married
diagnosed January 2009
mild pancolitis
Sulfasalazine 500mg 3X

"The Lord is my Shepherd"

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