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mowlowdee
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/18/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all. I was diagnosed with Crohn's in April 07. I have been living with the pain and gas bubbles (I call them Leroy. As in bad, bad, Leroy Brown, baddest man in the whole dam town). I am suppoed to take Pentasa 4 times a day but I usually forget. I know, I'm not helping myself but those pills are so big! Anyway, my question is about alcohol. Alcohol hurts my stomach the next day. I go to the bathroom all day long and am bent over with cramps but somehow I cannot bring myself to stop drinking or even cut down. I'm not an alcoholic but I am 31. I like to go out with my friends and drink and have fun. I really want to get better but I know the alcohol is not helping. I am looking for advise! My belly thanks you! :)

stkitt
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   Posted 3/18/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   

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mowlowdee

Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I think you may be having some problems accepting your new diagnosis.  I understand that as my husband was dx at 29 and he rides harley and yes loved to party but he had to change his life style and I do have faith that you will come to terms with this too. He stilll rides a Harley, a Fatboy.

Think about being compliant with your medications as they won't work sitting in the bottle.  :). If the beer gives you a gut ache then I feel you will have to think about which you want more, the beer or the gut ache.

Please consisder talking with your physician about your issues.  I sense that this whole business is ticking you off right now.  Your wondering why you should get stuck with this disease?  It is ok to feel angry just keep your anger in perspective.

Hope this has helped in some small way.

Kitt


 
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MishBall2
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 345
   Posted 3/18/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Nothing can stop the next day poops, BUT you can reduce it.
 
Take a vitamin (or Iron) before hand - but not too much iron or you'll end up constipated and that is no fun either.   And trust me, even if you havent had a hard stool in years you WILL get constipated with too much iron. :D
 
Also, before bed, pop two imodium a-d's   (lomotil is better if you have a prescription for it).   The next morning, take another two immodiums.   
 
This should help.
 
P.S.  And dont forget the tylenol before bed as well. :)
33 years old. Diagnosed in 2002ish. 
Taking Asacol, Lomotil TID, and on Remicade since 2004. 
Lower Bowel area only, except for the short stint (about 2 weeks) that I had mouth sores.  Also have external/anal fistula and anal/vaginal fistula. 
 


lilturbo
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Total Posts : 298
   Posted 3/18/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Mowlowdee,

We all feel your pain! I used to like going out w/ my friends and having a good time BUT have found that alcohol really brings nothing to the table for me. It drains my wallet, makes me feel absolutely awful the next morning, and my gut is on fire for a week or so! To me, it's just not worth risking a flare up. I haven't had a lick of alcohol for about a year, and it was hard at first but is a piece of cake now. My friends respect the fact that I can't drink and don't push the issue, which helps tons when we all go out! I know it's frustrating, but is probably best for your gut and your future to give up alcohol=) This is just my opinion, but I hope it helps a little bit. Take Care!
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sjkly
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   Posted 3/18/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Mishball2 I do I have to disagree about the Tylenol. Tylenol should never be used with alcohol-it can cause irreversable and even fatal liver failure. Anyone who has three or more drinks per week is supposed to avoid tylenol completely. The rest of that sounded like good advice however.
Sj

mowlowdee
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 3/18/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all. I am having a hard time admitting that I have Crohn's. I just laugh b/c I'm more regular than most men. I try to make light of it when really I am in pain. I have good days and I have bad days. Some days I feel like a champ and other days I want to be run over with a truck. Even though I have had Crohn's for a year, no one described what feelings were what. I have a hiatel hernia (sp?) and I get horrible pains in weird places. My doctor never explained to me how a hernia affects your body so I would be in the fetal position wondering what was going on. I don't eat fried foods anymore (really bummed about that) and I don't drink milk or eat ice cream (another major bummer). I guess I am too stubborn to give up eating what I like. I eat pizza but I pay for it. I eat ranch dressing, and same thing. Sorry - I haven't talked to anyone about Crohn's who actually knows what it feels like. My feiends are understanding but they don't know how it really affects a person. My self-confidence has gone way down b/c it's embarrassing. But again, thank you all! :-)

Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/18/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
HI there and Welcome
I am so sorry you are having trouble with accepting this DD
Many I am sure did when first told I know I did

Alchohol is a big noper for me I am a sober alcoholic simce 1979 and I live one day at a time with the alcoholism and the Crohns......

Read thru some old posts on back pages get to know the ppl here ASK questions do not fear being judged here it doesnt happen it is like one big family HW is and we all have the same issues at one time or another most anyways
Get educated about the crohns and educate your family and friends it is nothing to be ashmed of really ...IMHO..but I do understand why at your age and just feeling as you do .......why
Plz do stay with us here
Take care and be well
.Nope Tylenol not a good idea with alcohol.......

LYN
  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum, Anxiety/ Panic and Other Disorders
 
Moderator @ Anxiety Panic..Alzheimer's..Co mod @ Crohns
 
   
 
                   
 


MishBall2
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 345
   Posted 3/19/2008 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
sjkly,

you are right about tylenol. If you are a VERY regular drinker you shouldnt have tylenol, but unfortunately with Crohn's you cant have Advil, asprin, or naproxin. :(

Mow, you'll have to deal with the hangover part. :P But drink a full glass of water before bed if you are drinking acidic drinks such as mixed alcohol or wine. If you are drinking beer, drink a big glass of something acidic - like juice before bed. These will actually help with the hangover stomach (but not gut - LOL).
33 years old. Diagnosed in 2002ish. 
Taking Asacol, Lomotil TID, and on Remicade since 2004. 
Lower Bowel area only, except for the short stint (about 2 weeks) that I had mouth sores.  Also have external/anal fistula and anal/vaginal fistula. 
 


mom2carrington
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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 69
   Posted 3/19/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
mowlowdee said...
Thank you all. I am having a hard time admitting that I have Crohn's. I just laugh b/c I'm more regular than most men. I try to make light of it when really I am in pain. I have good days and I have bad days. Some days I feel like a champ and other days I want to be run over with a truck. Even though I have had Crohn's for a year, no one described what feelings were what. I have a hiatel hernia (sp?) and I get horrible pains in weird places. My doctor never explained to me how a hernia affects your body so I would be in the fetal position wondering what was going on. I don't eat fried foods anymore (really bummed about that) and I don't drink milk or eat ice cream (another major bummer). I guess I am too stubborn to give up eating what I like. I eat pizza but I pay for it. I eat ranch dressing, and same thing. Sorry - I haven't talked to anyone about Crohn's who actually knows what it feels like. My feiends are understanding but they don't know how it really affects a person. My self-confidence has gone way down b/c it's embarrassing. But again, thank you all! :-)
mowlowdee...I can completely relate to you! My husband is a Dr. (ending his internship year and starting residency in july) and as I posted in another thread this morning, he knows what I am going through and he sees my pain and can sympathise....however, no one really knows your pain unless they have been there. 
 
I, like you, have a hard time dealing with the whole CD issue. On my really good days, I almost forget I am sick. I felt really good this past weekend and went out to eat with family. I had one caramel appletini (oooh sooo goood!) with my dinner. I have been paying for it ever since. Just trying to drink lots of water and stay away from trigger foods. It's really hard! Good luck to you!

eva124
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 246
   Posted 3/19/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
im 20 years old and really cant drink,this is the time in my life where all my friends are going out partying n stuff,and i cant, had a resection and a temp illeostomy,didnt think that wld b happening to me wen i was 20,but life is a *****.think we just gotta suck it up we are not normal ne mre and no one really understands crohns unless they haf it,ppl think its not that bad.
dx 17 aug 2007
20 yrs old
23 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed  100mg azamun


eva124
Regular Member


Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 246
   Posted 3/19/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
oh and take your meds pantassa is a pain but your crohns wnt just go away,i use to take 25 pills a day before i had my resection.Gud Luck ! oh and if you need any help please dont hesitate to post there are tons of wonderful people on this site who wont hesitate to lend you some gud advice.
dx 17 aug 2007
20 yrs old
23 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed  100mg azamun

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