Hi..you have Crohn's Colitis...it's CD in the colon. You may have some CD in the small intestine...is that correct? or just in your colon...that could be the overlap the doc is talking about
Or...he was meaning indeterminent...which means it seems in the category of both and it cannot be determined as of yet.
My doc says either, not both...others disagree, but eventually most who have confusion regarding diagnosis end up with CD diagnosis anyway...
I don't think there's a definitive blood test for CD or UC....microscopically or pattern of disease helps diagnosis, but crohn's colitis mimics UC in early stages if it follows the pattern of UC, but there are some patients who may have other things going on as well as IBD....so the testing continues.
One thing...the meds for both are pretty much the same. Not all patients react to the meds with positive outcome...it's sometimes trial and error/success.
I understand your frustration, for me a definitive diagnosis is easier to deal with no matter what it is. At least information can be garnered...at least that helps my anxiety and dealing with stuff.
Hang tough....do the research and hopefully that will help ease some of your state of mind.
*Heather* Status..Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares, tapered to maintenance mild flare nightly enemas
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!