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05-03-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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Not real sure where I stand!

I've had bowel problems for a long time. I recently found a new GI who took me seriously and had several tests, including a colonoscopy. I saw his physicians assistant after the colonoscopy and she said I have microscopic colitis and started me on entocort, which did nothing after several weeks. A phone call later and lialda was started, this was about 2 weeks ago. I saw the doctor today and he says the biopsy did not show microscopic colitis, it showed colitis. He didn't see any ulcers or anything during the colonoscopy, though. Is it possible to have colitis with only a positive biopsy ( and only the rectum biopsy was positive) and have no visible problems?
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Stomach problems since 1994
GP's through the years dismissed my symptoms
First GI appt. 2010
Dr decided nothing was wrong
New GI found 2012
After blood tests, stool tests, endoscopy, and colonoscopy new GI dx's microscopic colitis 03/23/12
Diagnosis changed from microscopic colitis to colitis 05/03/12


current medications:
Lialda
metformin
b12 injections
vitamin b supplement
vitamin d supplement
magnesuim
b2
05-03-2012, 05:38 PM   #2
Trysha
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Hello Jackie,
Sorry to hear of your pain and confusion regarding the results of your colonoscopy.
Colitis is a general term for inflammation of the colon.
The biopsy usually defines the type of inflammation and the colitis may be classified accordingly.
It may take time and more tests to see the cause of your colitis.,and give it a name.
Did you ask the GI why his assistant gave you a different specific diagnosis?
Perhaps you could talk to your family physician for help with understanding the diagnosis and what the future holds for you regarding treatment.
Feel better soon
Hugs and best wishes
Trysha
05-03-2012, 06:33 PM   #3
Jackie010307
 
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She noted that there were no ulcers or lesions seen during the colonoscopy so she said microscopic. Apparently that's the most common type to present with no visual findings. I didn't think to ask what type, and he wasn't specific. I'm adding it to my list of questions for my next appointment. Today's list was pretty much just medication related!
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