Posted 5/27/2021 4:37 PM (GMT -6)
I had my colonoscopy on May 19. The results stated "The colonic mucosa appeared normal from the cecum to the descending. The sigmoid colon had mild erythema and friability. The rectum was normal. No dysplastic lesions were seen. Diverticulosis was not present. Retroflexed view of the rectum was normal."
I have a follow-up with my gastro in a few weeks. For now, I'm going to continue my balsalazide 4 tablets, 3 times a day. The doctor suggested the possibility of switching to Lialda or back to Asacol to get a higher dosage, but I had stopped the latter years ago because it seemed to cause me to have a low white cell count. That count returned to normal for several years after I stopped it, but it's now gone back to low. I want to knock out the last of this flare, but I'm also really hesitant to switch meds for fear it could make things worse. We'll talk about it more at my appointment, I'm sure.
It appears (knock on wood!) that I'm slowly healing from this latest flare that started in January, but I'm not all the way there yet. I still have some urgency and gas but haven't seen blood or mucus in a few weeks. Stools are formed.
I had some blood work done at the time of the colonoscopy, and the results came back so abnormal on the metabolic panel that the on-call doctor called me that night -- my blood sugar and a lot of other levels were so low that the doctor said I had the blood work of someone in the hospital malnourished with severe UC. My doctor had me repeat the blood work the next day, and that test's results were normal (apart from having iron at the very low end of normal), so something was wrong with the first test. That was a scary prospect worrying about what the levels meant in the interim, let me tell you!