I've been using the FC test to check on my progress after a flare in January 2017. I hit symptom remission by early march and since then have generally had 1 to 2 BM, formed, no Blood (only intermittent mucous). Cut off score depends on the lab and is typically 50 or 162. This test has been accurate for me over the years:
Score when in solid remission for years: < 15
Fecal Calproctein on Jan 2017: greater than 2000 (start of flare)
Results once I hit symptom remission in March 2017: 68
Scope 4/17 showed mild rectal inflammation only visible on pathology report (GI did not see it)
Started mesalamine enemas more regularly
May 11, 2017 Fecal Calproctein score: 31
So it looks like i'm making progress and may even be in endoscopic remission at this point!!!
BTW, my insurance fully covers this test and out of pocket costs are usually $10 max.
Yesterday, I finally booked a real vacation. First one since flare started where I'm staying in a hotel and will be eating out, although still sticking with healthy SCD food.
ONE QUESTION: Does the Fecal Calproctecin Test pick up on rectal inflammation and not just inflammation in the colon? My colon was clear but rectum was the issue.
UC since 2001, severe GERD secondary to mesalamine
Remission for 12 Years! (2005- 1/2017) due to SCD diet, fish oil, & ocassional low dose asacol.
NOW: symptomatic remission: Balsalsaide (low dose), SCD Diet, fish oil, VSL 3, accupuncture, psyllium seed, D3, mesalamine enemas as needed. 4/17 scope showed mild inflammation in rectum only.
*5-ASA's cause severe side effects.