Most of us try to get off the meds, with the support of our GIs....Some can, some can't.
ElephantPipe...every 10 years to me isn't enough...I would say for sure every 3 years and depending on one's scope results, that could continue unless needed earlier.
I would dread once a year...but if one has to, one has to.
I am having another one in Sept....it'll be 2 years since my last one. The reason is that I've been up and down since Christmas...lots of emotional stuff plus I'm coming on 55.
My flares are dealt with quickly and I taper fairly conservatively. I'll be staying at twice a week enemas methinks.
If all is well with my biopsies, my doc might stay at every 2 years or back to every 3.
I don't mind having them at all...I love to watch the monitor. I have refused to get the Versed this time. I didn't like the feeling of it after the last scope (but I had a falling accident a week previous to the scope and was still in a lot of pain).
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!