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01-20-2016, 05:22 AM   #1
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Tests for progress?

Are there any kind of blood/stool tests that give an estimate about the disease activity while being on meds?

I'm starting to doubt that my meds are doing anything, since the symptoms are as severe as always, and I have been wondering if I can do some weekly test or something to monitor the progress if there is any.
01-20-2016, 06:00 AM   #2
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What medication are you on? And how long have you been on it?
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Small bowel to small bowel fistula

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Has previously taken Multi B, Caltrate, B12 & Iron

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01-20-2016, 07:10 AM   #3
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I'm on Pentasa, Imuran, Solupred (Prednisone) that's for Crohn's, others are just symptomatic treatment for GERD.

I have been on Crohn's meds for around 50 days now, and nothing changed at all.
01-20-2016, 04:01 PM   #4
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Were any your blood test abnormal? Eg Amenia. Imuran takes least 3 months of work.

If say you had anemia, an improvement would should the med are working.
01-20-2016, 04:04 PM   #5
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Also are you having regular blood tests? Imuran blood tests, usually start at weekly, then move to every two weeks. Over a period of they move out to every 3 months. They should never get any longer between blood tests than every 3 months.
01-20-2016, 04:37 PM   #6
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Also are you having regular blood tests? Imuran blood tests, usually start at weekly, then move to every two weeks. Over a period of they move out to every 3 months. They should never get any longer between blood tests than every 3 months.
Yeah, aside from the CBC I don't do any other tests. And I don't have anemia, nope.
01-20-2016, 05:50 PM   #7
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Hi zHassanz i know there is a stool test called a feacal calprotectin test that is very good at detecting inflamation. I think it works whilst on meds. You could google and check . Best wishes 💕
01-20-2016, 06:35 PM   #8
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I was thinking along the same line as Mandy. I am wondering if they could do it every two or three months?
01-22-2016, 07:02 AM   #9
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm seeing my doctor in 2 days, and I'll ask him about the calprotectin test.

I have done that one week before I was diagnosed with Crohn's and it was pretty high back then. I really hope that it will have lessened a bit.
01-22-2016, 10:56 AM   #10
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Best to you.

01-22-2016, 12:36 PM   #11
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Wishing you all the best 💕
01-22-2016, 02:06 PM   #12
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Same here.

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