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Benefits to Diagnosis?

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Old 07-20-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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Benefits to Diagnosis?

I think I have Crohn's. I saw a GREAT GI specialist yesterday who also believes I could have Crohn's (I didn't suggest this to him), and he wants to do a colonoscopy.

However, I found out later that the colonoscopy charge at the facility will be nearly $900 - that doesn't include the doctor's fee, the anethesiologist, or biopsy fee if necessary.

My question is this: is there a benefit to having a diagnosis of crohn's vs not?

A little background: my flare-ups are mild - I have mild to moderate lower right abdominal pain (the worst pain is actually in my back in the same location). I have constipation rather than D, but when I was younger would have short flare-ups of D that would wake me at night. I haven't lost weight, but my appetite is much less with the most recent pain.

I'm not keen on going on long-term medications if I can avoid it, especially with mild symptoms.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated - I've got this colonoscopy scheduled for Monday!!

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Old 07-20-2011, 11:24 PM   #2
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Re: Benefits to Diagnosis?

It only makes sense to have a scope if it's suspected you have CD and to be on meds if you need to.

Crohn's can affect the entire wall of the digestive tract (wherever its location). Sometimes strictures can happen from continued inflammation.

I know it costs to have it done, but you should make sure. One possibility is that your small intestine may have an area, and you may need another scope for that. The doc might be able to get into the last part of the ileum to see if there's suggestion of inflammation.

Let us know how it goes.
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