Hey Kelly! According to my GI, it is very rare for UCers to have strictures. She said in fact, they usually present with the opposite a ballooning effect that can lead to perferation (sp?). Anyway, she consulted the other GI's on her clinic (they are an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic at Vanderbilt University) and she said the general consensus was Crohn's. That said, I am not a doctor, but my issue starts at the rectum and is straight inflammation for 25 cms (about
9 inches) the narrowing halfway up- 4 inches. She is worried that the narrowing could get worse and I would have a blockage. It is not presenting as Crohn's and that has me baffled (I and think the doctors).
Very interesting stuff. I am to have one more blood test and then most likely proceed to the Imuran/Humira route. I guess not matter what I have- the stricture needs to be addressed. I had two previous scopes with my former GI. All UC and when I switched for a second opinion the new scope (one year later that my last) show this narrowing.
I just pray we are all in good hands, you know! We are at the mercy of doctors.
Good luck to you!