I think it would benefit you to see a surgeon or better yet, a colorectal surgeon and at least get a second opinion....it will give you a better idea of options available to you and the reason behind it. Granted, keep in mind, a surgeon's mind set is set on "SURGERY", but it does give you something to think about. I am awaiting my appointment with a colorectal surgeon, but when I saw the general surgeon, he gave me valid reasons to consider surgery, which sounds like:
- age~ he said if you're relatively young, you may want to consider surgery because every year you have UC, your risk of colon cancer goes up!!
- if steroid dependant
- treatment options. If you have tried all the avail meds, and nothing seems to be working for you, its time to consider it.
- other chronic health issues. I have diabetes as well, and he said it would benefit me to not be on steroids (raises my blood sugars) and just the chronic inflammation of UC raises blood sugars too.
- a question of dysplasia in colon. My last biopsy showed "possible dysplasia, but favor reactive changes", but if even a question of dysplasia, would be reason to possibly think of surgery.
anyways, one thing all the doctors gave me the impression of, they can make recommendations, but truly the decision is mine (and yours) . But, its good to go into this decison with all options known, and talking to other people that have gone through the surgery. I know its a big decision, and stressful in itself!! But, hang in there, and we'll get through this together!!
40 yo RN, happily married, with 2 beautiful daughters, Tianna(14 yo) and Alyssa(10 yo).
Diagnosed with L sided Ulcerative Colitis in Jan '04 and Diabetes type 2 in June '05.
Remicade infusions ~ Nov. 6, 2007, Dec. 6, 2007, 6-MP 100mg daily, Pentasa 500mg twice a day, prednisone taper
20mg 10mg daily, Nexium 40mg twice a day, Lantus insulin 45 35 units daily, Novolog 10 8 units with sliding scale at meals, Amaryl 2mg daily, multi-vitamin daily, Calcium daily, B complex vit daily, and pro-biotics daily.