Moving to Israel with Crohn's

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   Posted 7/21/2008 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys,

I'm going to Israel in a couple weeks for a semester-abroad program in Jerusalem. I was wondering if somebody could let me know about the medical situation there; I really don't know what to expect and I'm a little nervous. I figure since it's a Jewish country and Crohn's is a Jewish disease they'll have a good idea how to handle my case should anything happen, is this true?

I know that I should come with all the medications I need, but will I be okay in an emergency? What about pain medication - I don't know if doctors feel comfortable prescribing in bulk (especially to an 18 year old) - will I be able to get it there?

Is there anything else I should know? I'm really nervous, and could really use the advice. I've barely been away from home before.


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   Posted 7/22/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Israel is on the cutting edge of research for Crohn's disease. Knowing where to go and what to do in advance will greatly decrease your anxiety. I suggest that you call or e-mail the health center associated with the University in Israel where you will be studying and ask all of these questions in advance. How exciting for you! What will you be studying?
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation

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   Posted 7/22/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hadassah has been doing some interesting Crohn's research w/Aloquel (why can I never remember the correct spelling?) and Givens Imaging that developed the Pill Camera Endoscopy and the Agile Patency Capsule is an Israeli company. You should be in good hands.
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