After being diagnosed in 1998, my GI suggested colonoscopies every two years, which I had done. Now that it is almost eleven years, he wants them done every year. My last one was in May of 08. Since I was hospitalized at the time of the last scope and didn't achieve remission until of Nov of 08, my GI doctor didn't want to upset the apple cart by doing a colonoscopy. Well, I started another flare the end of May and am still in a bit of a flare. He did a sigmoidoscope but showed ulcerations in rectum....not surprised. I am sure when I come out of this flare fully he will want to perform another colonoscopy. Reason being after suffering with UC for over ten years your chances of developing colon cancer increase.
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008 for ten days.
Remission Nov 08 thru May of 09.
Slowly coming out of flare. Meds: Colazal (6 per day), prednisone 10 mgm and tapering weekly, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning, Benicar 20 mg for BP, flaxseed oil 3 x a day, fishoil 2 x a day, probiotic 3 x a day, calcium with D 1x a day and multivitamin.
Doctor had me on 100 mgm of 6MP which drastically lowered my white count. Now off the 6MP pending results of repeat white count. UGH