Thanks for your responses. My dr. appt. is this coming Tuesday. At first they said the earliest opening was Nov. 28th!! but I pleaded and got in on a cancellation. Good thing because the saga continues. A couple of days ago I developed a painful swollen area of my lumbar spine as well as some smaller painful spots in my thoracic spine. I'm taking vicodin to manage the pain. I did forget to mention that I've had chronic pain from arthritis in my neck for about 3 years. The dr. says I have the neck of an old person even though I've never had any injury to it. No car accidents or anything. It's funny -- I'm so used to my neck by now that I forget about it even though it's constantly painful. The other place I get inflamed when my Crohn's acts up is my lower right ribcage. It feels like someone's poking a stick right through me -- in the front and out the back.
Anyway, it's such a comfort to know you all are out there. I read the forum and I know that if all of you can deal with your problems -- some much worse than mine -- that I can do it too. Thank you. I'll update you after my appt.