I am new to this site, and so glad i found it! I am a 29-year old female, diagnosed with moderate left-sided UC in 1998, just before my freshman year of college. At the time of diagnosis, I was prescribed Rowasa enemas and Asacol, and things cleared up pretty well. During a subsequent colonoscopy, I was rediagnosed with "indeterminate Colitis" becuase the colitis was spotty (which i understand is actually a symptom of Crohn's disease).
Anyway...there's a little history. At this point, I am having what i consider to be a pretty major flare-up for me. I haven't started with major diarhea or anything, but I am definitely bleeding and the last time i went to the bathroom today, there was enough blood that I think I'm going to have to call my doc.
So i haven't taken any meds for years, but I'm currently taking what is left of my supply of Asacol (which is probably expired and will only last a few days if i take it 3 times daily), and I'll contact the doc on Monday. In this situation, I'm thinking about just trying to tie it into a "preventative" colonoscopy, since I'll have to do it soon anyway (i think), but what is the recommendation for how often to get a colonoscopy? Is is supposed to be every 5 years? I've been diagnosed now for 11 years. Or, does the bloody stool itself merit a colonocopy? I know this is goofy, but i would do just about ANYTHING to avoid the flexible sigmoidoscopy that they do in the office. I would rmuch ather be drugged and have the full-blown colonoscopy done.