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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 3/10/2009 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Just was wondering what was the time frame to have a colonoscopy after you are diagnosed with uc? Its almost been one year for me??

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 27
   Posted 3/10/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm currently told 3 years by my GI practice, depending on symptoms.  Others have said once a year. 
Left side UC
diagnosed 1990
Azulfidine medicated

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 388
   Posted 3/10/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I think it all depends of the doctor. Some do them relatively often and others less so and others utilize the sigmoidoscopy in between colonoscopy. An experienced doctor, I assume, would be able to treat us based on symptoms and blood work for the most part without having a looksee. (thank goodness!)
UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
6mp * asacol 12/daily * rowasa pm * cortifoam am 
 Culturelle Probiotic - prilosec - metamucil capsules
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa
i can't complain, but sometimes i still do.  lifes been good to me so far.  -joe walsh

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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 1289
   Posted 3/10/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
my docs typically want one every year or so...i've come to realize that as long as they knock you out completly they are no big deal. The prep is the worst part and that does suck! but the scope itself is nothing

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 436
   Posted 3/10/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
i think they are a big deal b/c of the cost. how much do you all generally pay. my initial colonoscopy 4 years ago cost me $3K and that was with insurance.
28/M/TX single parent of gorgeous 3yo girl (revised 12/12/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  Mildly Flaring 
RX/day: none! Tapered off Prednisone 9/20/08. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
OTC: enzymes everyday, turmeric, seldom use probiotics, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
Other: Prayer, food combos, good posture, chewing more, etc.

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/10/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Every two years, but we wait until I'm doing OK because it irritates. Mainly to nab polyps.

Our insurance will cover "routine" colonoscopies 100%, but I have to pay part of the cost of mine because they are "diagnostic." Isn't that crazy? I think it was about $200, still not bad.

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; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. 
Flaring, seasonal? or supplements too harsh? Back on prednisone, trying 15/20 mg. Appt 3/6 to discuss Humira, etc.   

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 3/11/2009 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
It would be nice to get another colonoscopy, because I recently had a bad flare. But I don't think it's necessary. The flare was just like the second one, only not as bad. I had a colonoscopy done two years ago. I think I'll wait a couple more years before getting another one done, baring any more flares that is.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: pro-inflammatory foods, HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 44
   Posted 3/12/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
$3000? I nearly fainted. My doctor likes to do the colonoscopy once a year but with insurance it only costs me $35. I could never have them at that price. I never thought we needed nationalized health care until I started reading this site.
dx UC Dec. 2001
currently in remission
Meds: asacol 6(400mg)/day
         entocort 3(3mg)/day
         canasa 1(1000mg)/day
         Culturelle 1/day

New Member

Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 3/12/2009 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
God Bless...CANADA!! $0 per colonoscopy. I've only had two so far. My GI wants to have one every 3 years. I had my latest one last year prior to the 3 years because the salofalk pills/enemas and cortifoam were not working and he believed that the UC was moving up the colon which concerned him. I am on mezavant now and it is working well.
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