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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 3/20/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
So I had my first colonoscopy this past Wednesday, to figure out why I've been having blood and mucus in my stool. My Mom has UC, since she was 18, so the Doc figures that's what I have as well. I don't have the diarrhea, just stomach pains and the blood and mucus.
The GI Specialist took biopsies during the colonoscopy and I'm now waiting on results. She did give me a printout with some pictures of my insides and some doctor lingo. The main thing that worried me was that my colon is friable. Is this common with UC? I know this means it's very fragile, can the colon heal itself or be healed? I'm terrified that I'll have to have it removed if it's in such a bad state.
Some insight please!

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   Posted 3/20/2009 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
The body is a self-healing organism. We think we know alot on its physiology but one of my old neurology professors always put it best when he held up the tip of a pen and said "We only know this much about the body." It's just a matter of the right pathway getting turned on or off. Our colon could heal quicker if we would quit attacking it, but ever since it got tagged "foreign" it's never rested. Sometimes disease is just the bodies process of self preservation.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
Vitamin E Enemas as needed

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/20/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I don'T know about friable colons but I have been diagnosed with UC 2 days ago and it really felt like my colon was friable... I was passing mucus , blood, and eroded colon tisssue... Everybody is different and every colon has a mind of it's own huh?
Diagnosed with pancolitis 19/03/09
Prednisone 40 mg, Mezavant 4.6g

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   Posted 3/21/2009 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Try to hang tough 'til your test results come back. There are a lot of reasons why you could be having colon problems other than IBD. Let me just add that "friable" does not mean "incurable". It means that some of your colon tissue is currently in a fragile state that likely needs to be medicated. The tests are being done to determine what med or meds your condition requires. In fact, I saw my gastro today because of continuing discomfort that started 10 days ago & gastro decided to have a tissue culture made in case I caught anything infectious. It's always kind of scary having to wait for more info from medical tests, but that's the way life can be at times. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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