Crohn's, Colitis question on biopsy report ....
I know you guys are not doctors, my follow up with the GI doc on this is May 12th. I guess I am just a bundle of nerves, trying to find out before then what's going on and if I'm going to need drugs or what. Ok, here goes:
A. Ileum Biopsy: Small Bowel Mucosa with benign lymphoid aggregates
B. Ascending colon mucosa biopsy:
Colonic mucosa with lymphoid aggregates and mild acute colitis. (see comment)
C. Sigmoid Biopsy: Colonic Mucosa without diagnostic abnormality.
Comment: The biopsy from the ascending colon shows the presence of an acute colitis. The mucosal architecture is distorted with glandular atrophy, branching and shortening. A crypt abscess is identified and there is focal acute cryptitis. The lamina propria is expanded by a mixed inflammatory cell infiltrate consisting of lymphocytes, plasma cells, neutrophils, and eosinophils. In addition, there are prominent lymphoid aggregates. Granulomas are not identified. In view of the architectural abnormalities, the histological appearances are suggestive of inflammatory bowel disease. As the sigmoid biopsy is within normal limits, the possibility of Crohn's disease should be considered.
My symptoms are diaherra lasting for one day, usually occuring about once every three weeks. Some of the times I have seen a little bloody mucous. Other times no. One other thing to note is that after the doc did the colonoscopy he said everything looked good. He found a little irritated part of the colon but it didn't look like anything to be concerned about. Found a benign polyp and found a hemmroid (that is where I thought that the occasional blood was coming from). My question is basically where will I go from here? If this is Crohn's will I have to go on medication for the rest of my life? I have no really life altering symptoms of anything now, I am normal with normal bowel movements. I may come up with diaherra tomorrow but in the past it has always been resolved within a day with Immodium AD and I have no big time pain. If this is Crohn's (or even Colitis) what type of meds do they put you on and do I even have to go meds? Currently I am having no big time symptoms of anything. I do have gas, with belching and flatulence, is that a sign of Crohn's or Colitis? Just worried, nervous, don't know what the future holds with these meds and this disease. I have heard the meds have some pretty big time side effects. Ok Quincy, spill the beans on this stuff!