The overlap is called indeterminate colitis.
I agree that we're at the mercy of our doctors....not all doctors are good or have their patients' interests at heart.
Strictures do happen in UC, although not a high percentage of patients get them...it's imperative they are biopsied..for many can possibly be a symptom of early cancer. However, it seems it happens more often in those who have had it for a very long time rather than newly diagnosed.
One interesting factor that anyone who has strictures should be aware of.....high fibre is contraindicated, so the diet should be adjusted.
I found this article that might be of interest..it's 6 pages:
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 10/11/2007 12:00:37 PM (GMT-6)