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All Boards >> Crohn’s Disease and Colitis Board Discussions

mindyj

Reged: 05/14/04
Posts: 494
Loc: Northern Virginia
Re: Help
      05/01/07 03:02 PM

Research has shown that smoking can suppress the symptoms of UC in some cases. It will almost always agravate CD patients. There are cases of people who will not have onset of UC until they quit smoking and there are doctors who will treat UC with nicotene, in patch or gum form - this way they can control the dose and you don't get the lung damage of tar and other additives of cigs. As for your current dilemma, first, the soreness you discuss sounds like it could be related to a fisher - but if you had one it's likely the doctor would have noted it from the colonoscopy. I'd ask anyways. Even if you had managed to put the disease into remission with smoking (not a method I'd recommend, by the way) the doctor could probably still see after effects from the colonoscopy - like scar tissue - but that isn't a definite. Did you explain the smoking saga to your doctor? That's important for them to know due to the interaction and relationship between nicotene and UC suppression. There may also be other tests that they could do to try to see about a UC diagnosis if they think that's what's going on. Do not be afraid of the diagnosis. Once you have one, the doctors are more likely to take you seriously and you can get into a course for treatment that won't put you at greater risk for lung cancer/heart disease/high blood pressure/ everything else that goes with smoking! Good luck and feel free to ask more questions as you prepare for the next doctors visit - a visit I would strongly advise!
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