Can a cold cause you to flare?

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   Posted 2/4/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Or at least cause inflammation? I have days free of pain and days when I feel like I should call my doctor. Since I've had this cold I've had more of the latter. Coincidence or does the immune system get reved up and start inflammation again?
Bad fissure Feb 2005, still have it January 2006. On Pentasa and Imuran 100mg. Some slight swelling and ulceration of terminal ileum. No other symptoms. Now on Remicade!

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   Posted 2/4/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
My understanding is that if your body is busy fighting a cold or healing something else, it may be doing less healing for the crohns, which could cause more flareup.

I have actually experienced this many times.

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   Posted 2/4/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   

This is a great question!  To be honest, I have had a horrible head cold which I am just now getting over.  While I had the cold, my stomach problems seemed to "disappear".  Now that my cold is getting better, my stomach issues seem to be returning. 

Is this kind of the same thing you both have had before?

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   Posted 2/4/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Since the mucosal lining of the intestines is what is attacked by CD...the amount of mucus your body produces will affect how your tummy reacts.  Mucus protects the stomach.  As to a flare being caused by a cold?  I'm not sure but a cold would be added physical stress which could trigger a flare.  Also, certain cold remedies would interfere with mucus production.  This is the express opinion of broomhilda....anyone else want to chime in?  Just speaking from experience here.  Oh yeah, for those of you who can tolerate some or low fat dairy...stay away from the dairy when you have a cold.  Makes the mucus you produce thicker and harder to hack out!  I don't know about you...but I already have enough green stuff in my line of work!

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   Posted 2/5/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Last year, a cold was a trigger for flare. I was very much surprised when my GI had told me it is quite possible. I did not have any of cold remedies, that could trigger a flare. Anyhow, I was put on prednisone. A friend of mine, also with CD, says she can feel that weather is going to change by reaction and pain in her intestine (she had a resection of one part of small intenstine).

38 years old female, Dx'd July '06, Crohn's collitis and terminal ileitis,

Used Meds: Cipro, Flagyl, Sulfasalazine, 5ASA, 5ASA Enemas, Probiotics,B12 and Iron shots, blood transfusion, Urbason 60mg, Prednisone 20mg - Irigography, X-Ray Intesinal Passage, Colonoscopy in April 06, July 06, Hospitalized - Symptoms long before diagnozed (diarrhea, weight lost, fatigue, exhaustion, pain, subfebrile temperature, joint pain, especially knees)

Current meds: probiotics, prednisone tapering 30mg, sulfasalazine 3x1g, B12 shots, folic acid, omeprazole, xanax 2x0,25mg, alternative: royal jelly, tea mixture,

No surgery so far- History of Graves-Basedow disease in 1995

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