went to the gi today....

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lovemyboys09
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   Posted 4/16/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
SOOO I went to the GI today and he is making me repeat a colonoscopy because I have been on canasa and 4 asacol 2X/day and it has not worked for me at all. He increased me to 12 asacol a day (6 2x/day) and gave me a foam enema that is supposedly a topical steroid (?)  Soo next thursdsay will be my 2nd colonoscopy in 2 years. When I went in today I told the doc about my joint pain and he says when my disease is under control then my joint pain should subside. He is also making me do blood work because if the asacol doesn't work (which he doesn't think its going to) then the new one  (cant remember the name) my blood has to be tested for something to see if it would be effective for me. Sooo now all together I will be taking 16 pills a day and the enema sooo it should be an even more exciting night. Hopefully this all will work!
 
Kim
Diagnosed w/crohns in October 07
Taken off meds January 08 because of pregnacy
Back to gastro Dr. January 09 (new dr.)
Diagnosed w/ UC instead; told should have never gotten off meds
taking Asacol and Canasa
Flaring still as of 04/09
 


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 4/16/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with everything. If you're getting blood-work done for the next medication, then maybe he's thinking of starting you on an immunosuppresant such as azathioprine; but hopefully the cortifoam will work for you.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine, 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Mesacol/Asacol enema at least once a week
Spinach & sunflower seed diet


seconder
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   Posted 4/16/2009 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
You don't sound thrilled about the colonoscopy.  The meds work or they don't, and a colonoscopy isn't indicated for switching meds or just taking a look at the colon.  If it were me, I'd want a firm answer on why it's medically necessary.

AMK77
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   Posted 4/16/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
You're probably going to have the Prometheus test to check your TMPT enzyme before starting 6mp. I just got mine done yesterday. Takes about 2 weeks for the results.
31 yr old female currently breastfeeding (weaning so I can start 6mp)
Mild Pancolitis
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Cannot tolerate mesalamine - starting 6mp soon


lovemyboys09
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   Posted 4/16/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I think the medication he was thinking about was azathioprine. He said it works fairly good with UC. My last COlonoscopy was 2 years ago with a different dr and so
this new oc wants to do one because he wants to see if its progressed or the same since my symptoms have gotten worse over time.
Diagnosed w/crohns in October 07
Taken off meds January 08 because of pregnacy
Back to gastro Dr. January 09 (new dr.)
Diagnosed w/ UC instead; told should have never gotten off meds
taking Asacol and Canasa
Flaring still as of 04/09
 


seconder
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   Posted 4/16/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   

GI endoscopy is generally not indicated:

1. When the results will not contribute to a management choice.

6. Colonoscopy is generally not indicated in the following circumstances

D. Routine follow-up of inflammatory bowel disease (except for cancer surveillance in chronic ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s colitis).

http://www.asge.org/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=3394

Your call, but your doctor can medicate without seeing your colon.

 


Christine1946
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   Posted 4/16/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
     He's probably going to start you on 6MP.  My GI doctor started me on the 6MP over five years ago.  After taking it for six months, he said I had to have that Prometheus Test..lol.  Apparently it came back fine.  I do have to have my blood count drawn every month to make sure my white count doesn't go any lower.  It is now at 2.9.  I lowered my dose of the 6MP when my white count was at 2.4.  Scared me to death.  I now take 50 mgm one day and 25 the next.  Been working like a charm since last Nov.
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.

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