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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/18/2013 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I just saw a commercial for a DNA test called 23 and me. Sounded interesting.

Has anyone tried this? If so, what kind of things show in the results?

I think it was $99...
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Pluot
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   Posted 8/18/2013 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I've done it. www.23andme.com

My results with regard to Crohn's and UC actually matched what the Prometheus Panel had to say about me, so if you're curious about the Prometheus Panel and insurance won't cover it, 23 and Me might be a good compromise. For the curious, according to the known genetic markers, I'm at a significantly decreased risk of developing both UC and CD. Oopsies.

My whole family did it -- it was a running joke that my parents were hesitant to do it (pretending to be hiding a big family secret, haha) -- and the results were... interesting, but not super surprising. Aside from my being SUPER UNLIKELY! to get IBD, we saw the usual stuff about all of us being more likely to have AI diseases, etc.

I found it interesting to compare my genetic markers with my mom's, because she is my only close relative who also has IBD, but she has Crohn's -- and she has several Crohn's markers that I do not. It actually was sort of a relief for me because I've always worried that I'm more likely to have Crohn's colitis than UC because of my family connection. But apparently at least some of the genes that SHE has that we think of as "Crohn's genes" weren't passed on to me.
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dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12

past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema

current meds: none!

step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 8/18/2013 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
That's really interesting. I would like to do it but I am cheap... Did you have to get a dab of blood or was it saliva? I am needle phobic. Much better than I used to be but still not great.
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Pluot
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   Posted 8/18/2013 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Just saliva! It's kind of funny actually, they send you a tiny plastic tube and you're supposed to fill it with spit... and it takes a while! Then you just seal it and mail it back to their lab.
Liz, 26
itslikethisuc.blogspot.com

dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12

past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema

current meds: none!

step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13

deltaforce
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   Posted 8/19/2013 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest, you do it but be prepared for the results. If there is something sh1tty in the results, swear that you are not going to lose your sleep on that.

Nothing came out of my read that I did not know but a lot came out of DW's read. And esp. none of those disorders are in any of her family members. She was stressed for couple of days but now going to get her parents, siblings and cousins tested as well.

The read says, I have more chances of getting Crohn's and less chances of getting UC. I have UC diagnosis. Next time, I am going to talk to GI about it (but doubt, she will have anything to offer).

Plus, the deal sucks a big time if you are not Caucasian (majority of the data from which they calculate probability has used Caucasian data).


Pluot,
How long did it take you to spit in the tube. I took ~10 minutes.


Note to Maryland/Virginia (not too sure) and NY residents. You need to post from different state, or they will discard your sample. When you register the kit, you will be told about this and you will sign consent (electronically) that you will ship from other state. I had option to post it form CT or NJ. Takes about 6 weeks to get results, and another 2 weeks to get final, all round results.

If folks don't mind, we can share data on the website with 'Healingwell UC' tag. I need to check how to do that anonymously.
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC.
Currently on daily dose of,
Sulfasalazine 1.5gm, Imuran, 100mg, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet, Fish oil 2400mg , Vit D 2000 IU, Benebiotics 2caps, Folic acid 1mg. Canasa

Verapamil 320mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least 4X a month,
Nabumetone 750mg as an abortive, so far so good with GI side effects.

Post Edited (deltaforce) : 8/19/2013 8:20:45 AM (GMT-6)


Pluot
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   Posted 8/19/2013 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Haha, it was probably about 10 minutes for me too. Until then we had been considering ordering a kit for my grandma (only living grandparent) but I can only imagine how long it would have taken her (if she EVER finished)!
Liz, 26
itslikethisuc.blogspot.com

dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12

past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema

current meds: none!

step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13
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