too young for colitis

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colabear2890
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   Posted 4/17/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
hi. i had a question.
yesterday, i had an endoscopy, since i haven't had a appetite for a month, and was diagnosed with gastropasis. the doctor told me part of my stomach was paralyzed.

this wasn't my first one, since i have gerd.

i don't want to sound weird, but lately, ive been having blood in my bm (it looks like it) and on the toilet paper. my doctor said not to worry since im too young for colitis, so i don't need a colonoscopy now, but he'll see how i am in a few weeks when i go back for a check up.

is it possible possible to be too young for colitis. he sounded like he would be worried if i was older.

thanks so much

-Aliza
"never regret something that made you smile"


basa0806
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   Posted 4/17/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
No, you cant be "too young" for colitis. I was diagnosed at 15 and there are others on here who have babies with UC. If you're seeing blood in your stools I would suggest getting a second opinion and have a colonoscopy done.
Sam(antha)
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colabear2890
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   Posted 4/17/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks so much.

i'll probably wait the three weeks, since i just switched gastro doctors to my current one since i didn't like my last one, that lasted one visit. my insurance won't pay for a whole new doctor, so i was able to switch to a different one in the same practice. i had to switch doctors last year. its confusinig, but i can't switch again now, because it will cost my parents the whole amount.

if it gets worse, i'll call probably call him, especially since i haven't had a colonoscopy in about 6 years.

thanks again,

-Aliza
"never regret something that made you smile"


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 4/17/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have seen people come here and mention small children with colitis so I don't think any age is "too young". I have heard it is most commonly diagnosed when people are in their 20s/early 30s. Hopefully it isn't anything serious.
Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December 08 but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol 400mg (9 a day)


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/17/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
how old are you anyways? i know you cant be too young for colitis.. just bein nosy
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
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ithurtsmom
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   Posted 4/17/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter was 5 when she was diagnosed with UC.
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Katmom
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   Posted 4/17/2009 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine is 15, and still not too young. Our Ped. GI has many younger,,,just get over the age stuff and get to a good doc. One who is experienced with labs and testing knowledge. this is no time for beginners. Some feel that aggressive treatment early can slow this nasty disease. hope so, for your sake. Keep reading here, it will help you.
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Previous drug sampling: Asacol, Prevacid, Flagyl, Prednisone- 50mg to 0, 4 major flares '08.Hospital four x. Low residue diet,
6MP, Colazal , Cortifoam enemas,
Trying probiotics, Niferex, fish oil, Magnesium, Acupuncture.
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Sweetie31105
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   Posted 4/17/2009 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
My UC was surfacing when I was I guess 10 or 11. The same time my dad was dealing with his UC.
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)
Taken off Imuran 1/15/09
Only taking Humira.

Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade


Shaz032
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   Posted 4/17/2009 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed when I was 5, but my parents think I'd had it since birth since they often found blood in my nappies.
I have had an ileostomy for 33 years now due to UC.
 
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subdued
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   Posted 4/18/2009 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
My boyfriend's daughter had Colitis when she was a baby.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

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Hellokitty
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   Posted 4/18/2009 3:00 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Colabear,

 

Just wanted to quickly say, if any doctor tells you are too young for colitis you need to change him. They are not good doctors. I had the same problem except I was 28 years old, I’m over in England so I was using the NHS. (Which I do greatly support, and has been very helpful to me as well).

 

I went to my NHS doctor for having blood and mucus. The NHS doctor looked at me and said I was too young for any serious illness, he just looked at me, and since I look  young for my age he said “A girl of your age cannot have serious illness, wait until the blood becomes dark red then come back”. He  also had the kindness of telling  me that they only refer 40% of the patients to the hospital and I am not in the age group.   I was diagnosed with hemmroids and given some hemorid cream, which didn’t work. I decided to research and diagnose myself. I had a heath book, which I had bought in America. I looked at the symptoms I was having and thought I must have Colitis. I then paid private which cost £160 and got referred to the hospital. I was then diagnosed with UC. If I had not gone private and had not taken my health into my own hands the disease would be more serious than it is. My suggestions is to get another doctor fast, any doctor who says you are too young for illness is stupid and should not be practising. I now have a new doctor, which is great.

 

hope you don't have it, but let us know how you are

 

Kitty


Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication- 1 X 500mg pentasa in the morrning and 1 X250g Asacol in the evening
Diet- experimenting with raw foods diet. given up wheat and dairy, occasionly eat fish. Raw foods diet is 80% raw foods.
 
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Max3732
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   Posted 4/18/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I was 18 when I got it and I met a lot of people in the doctor's office who were not even teens yet. As other people said I don't think you can be too young to get it. I just wish we knew what caused it.

Jjc2007
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   Posted 4/18/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I was 15 when I was diagnosed.
All the research I read as said that the most often ages for the disease to come on is between 15 years and 30 years. There are exceptions as there are young children diagnosed....and there is a large group that has the disease come on in their 50s and older.
So I believe your doctor is not paying attention to the facts.
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Asulfadine (500mg tablets, 6 daily)
Folic Acid
Zantac as needed
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colabear2890
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   Posted 4/18/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
im 19.

i have another question. if you have colitis, will you always be able to see it in a colonoscopy, or just when you have blood will it show up?

thanks

-Aliza
"never regret something that made you smile"


sweetmelody
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   Posted 4/18/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
generally if you're in complete remission it doesn't show up... only when flaring...
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Went to ER cuz I couldn't eat for 5 days and was having severe flare up after passing two kidney stones after a week of the flu. (long month)
GI tried to taper me off of pred fairly fast in hopes to keep me on Lialda and at a lower dosage of pred. to try mesalamine enemas again.  Starting the Imuran as soon as labworks done... longer pred time....yippee *rolls eyes*
Medications:Prednisone 40mg Again! (groan)Lialda 4 a day until Imuran
I am so sick of this disease!
 
 

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