Colonoscopy results and something I've never experienced

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   Posted 3/7/2018 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone

Just wanted to check in and talk about my colonoscopy that I went for on Wednesday last week as well as something I didn't expect.

Long story short, I've been dealing with occasional discomfort and minor bleeding on and off over the last year since I flared really badly around Easter in 2017. Went to Europe with my wife for a month in July and was ok during the trip. Had a minor blip when I got back but managed to stay pretty level with my UC using my Asacol, Salofalk enemas and fruit smoothies (mostly wild blueberries) with kefir and VSL#3 every morning.

I had some slightly elevated liver enzymes for the last few months but my MRI and ultrasounds came back perfectly normal. My GI said the enzymes will probably just level out on their own in the coming months. To be sure it was nothing related to my UC, she asked me to come for a colonoscopy on Feb 28th.

The day before I didn't eat and did my colyte prep as usual with no issues, I find the prep to be quite easy actually...just chug a glass and have a bit of ginger ale for a chaser and it goes down fine. I went for the colonoscopy and my doctor's report says my colon looks great and there are no signs of inflammation. Great!! But this is what I don't understand...

I've had discomfort and softer stools for almost a year since that bad flare last Easter, which I think is also a sign of IBS because I don't pass blood or mucus regularly. I have 2-3 bowel movements a day which is normal for me. But after my colonoscopy, I feel like my digestion has been reset, it's a weird feeling. I haven't had left side discomfort since the procedure, my stool is firmer and darker, my gut doesn't make crazy noises, and generally I feel better than I have felt in a year. Did the prep somehow do this? In any case, I'm not complaining, but I figured I would share this to see if anyone else has had similar experiences. Good news in any case.

Take care everyone
Asacol 800mg tablets - 3 at breakfast - 3 at dinner
VSL#3 once a day at breakfast with some Kefir
Vit D, Vit B12, Vit C
May 29th, 2017 Colonoscopy showed no inflammation in colon

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   Posted 3/7/2018 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi....great news!

I wouldn't think it reset anyhing, but maybe you had something that was hanging around in just enough population that it was causing an issue. Maybe the prep got rid of it.
I had a bladder infection after some surgery in 1992, and for a year it was waxing and waning. Doc thought interstitial cystitis. Had a bladder scope......No problems after that, ever. I think whatever the cause was flushed out.

When do you get the results from the biopsies?

*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma); Effexor XR 75mg (depression); Rosuvastatin 10mg (cholesterol); Telemesartin 80mg / Amlodipine 5mg (BP)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Genuine Health Advanced Gut Health 15 billion @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 @ 2x daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO 500mg @ 2x daily for Primary Biliary Cholangitis
"TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!

Post Edited (quincy) : 3/7/2018 5:47:22 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 3/7/2018 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
In 2010 I had a colonoscopy after experiencing blood in my stool for a few months. Colonoscopy showed inflammation in the rectum and the sigmoid colon. Biopsy came back that it looked like an infectious colitis. All of my symptoms cleared within days of the colonoscopy, so I never took any meds and stayed in a pretty solid remission for 5 years. In 2015 symptoms returned and it was confirmed that I have UC. Unfortunately, the other colonoscopies I’ve had did not clear symptoms, actually the most recent one in September made me incredibly sick.

Hope you stay symptom free for a long time!

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   Posted 3/8/2018 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad you're feeling well, and even better after the scope. Most often people complain about the complete opposite, that things are worse after a scope. Interesting and fortunate that you do feel better!
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   Posted 3/9/2018 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Bowel prep can have a healing effect because it purges all the excess junk. Bowels have a lot of folds in them which gather stuff over time. There can be food particles in there that are days or even weeks old. It's similar to getting a colonic done.
DX left-sided UC 2015, 3 fulminant flares since then
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