Crohns, just found out I am pregnant, and severe upper stomach ache-have questions

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EmmyT
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   Posted 8/5/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I have Crohns disease. I was pregnant once before and miscarried around 8 wks. I just found out I am 4 wks pregnant and for the last three days I have been having really bad stomach aches which is what happened last time I miscarried. My Crohns was in remission when I got pregnant, and besides 2 bouts of diarrhea in the last week I have not other Crohns symptoms. My crohns has always acted up in my ilieum. This pain is very high-right under where my rib cage is. Almost like indigestion-but constant all day even if I don't eat. I am scared I am miscarrying again, but wonder if this has happen to anyone else and if maybe my stomach has just been thrown for a loop due to all the hormones. THanks in advance for all help! -Emily

SydneyJo
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   Posted 8/5/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Emily
Im not sure whats going on there, but I would recommend you see a Doctor asap, it will put your mind at ease at the very least. Take care of yourself. Jo

Stef17
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   Posted 8/5/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Emily - I don't know if what is going on with you is the Crohn's or the pregnancy, but I have been pregnant a good handful of times and I can tell you that it is very common for the surge in pregnancy hormones to throw your Crohn's temporarily out of whack. I know it's scary when you have miscarried before and you begin to feel the same pains. However, I don't think you should automatically attribute the stomach pains to miscarrying, even if that's what you felt before. Remember you'll feel cramping and pains in your uterus and that is what I would focus on. If you don't feel those pains and you don't see any bleeding or spotting, then you can kind of put your mind at ease. You are so newly pregnant that I'm not sure your GI would be able to do much for you. Have you contacted your OB? At the very least your OB can do labs and find out if your progesterone and Beta levels are where they should be. Then they can go from there on helping you with the pregnancy. I know that once you miscarry it kind of ruins the excitement for the next time you get pregnant, but try to enjoy this and be excited. It's GREAT news that you were in remission and I think you have great reasons to have hope! Keep us posted!!!
Stef

karendee
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   Posted 8/5/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
yes, go to the Doctor, could be just gas, CD pain,  or it could be a problem, no way for us to tell here!
Good luck!!!
take care!
Karen

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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and now new med Clonazepam starting 7/18/08

 


EmmyT
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   Posted 8/5/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually think weirdly enough that it is just gas and indigestion because it has subsided a little. However, what the heck do I do? I have never in 14 years of having crohns had all this pain from just gas and indigestion and it has been three nights in a row. Any suggestions on how to allievate this? Thanks for all your help!

karendee
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   Posted 8/5/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Emmyt, Can you call your Dr office? they should have a Dr on call at night. Or maybe a nurse helpline through your insurance. Some insurances have that. Call someone and get medical advice. I had rib area pain when Pregnant but I was farther along and it was my son's head squishing me.

It could be nothing but with your history I would be safe and get an opinion from a Dr or at least a nurse...  it at least will put your mind at ease.

Karen


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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and now new med Clonazepam starting 7/18/08

 


SallyC
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   Posted 8/5/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Emmyt,
I miscarried our first baby and I had tons of diarhea with it. When I had diarhea with my next pregnancy I called my doctors office all the time on my way home from work and asked if I could come in for heart beat check. And when I was pregnant yet a third time I did actually have a flare in the first trimester I went in for a heartbeat check again once a week!

Please, call your doctors office and tell them how you are feeling! They will hopefully help you so that you can enjoy every moment of your pregnancy.
Sally
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Diagnosed with UC in July of 2003 then diagnosed with Crohns in August of 2006.


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 8/5/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
this may sound odd, but i've read that for some women, when pregnant their crohn's symptoms greatly subside and some even experience remission(?). hopefully you'll fall into this group and wont have to worry about CD and instead can focus on what you need to.

i hope things work out for you.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Stef17
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   Posted 8/6/2008 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Emmy - let us know what your doc's office says. I've been thinking about you all night. Now that you mention the gas and indigestion - let me just tell you - I'm 19 weeks pregnant right now and I have had THE WORST gas and indigestion this entire pregnancy. It's been extrememly painful and annoying to put it mildly. Fortunately the great majority of it subsided about 2 weeks ago. I'm hoping that what you're feeling is all just pregnancy stuff. Keep us posted.

EmmyT
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   Posted 8/6/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Steph-Thank you so much! You always have the most helpful things to say and you always help me feel way better! Other than the obvious-not eating fiber, dairy, spicy, etc.., what did you do to control the pain or did you just have to wait it out? -E


Stef17
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   Posted 8/6/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Em - I just had to wait it out. The indigestion I have NO suggestions for. It was painful and I just had to bear it. But the gas.... Sometimes the pain was so bad I couldn't figure out which way to sit, stand, lay down, you name it. So, I would try to lay whichever way was comfortable. I also would try to drink a glass (or half glass) of water to see if that would push the gas along. And if you know it's gas and you need to move it along you can always do the kneel-on-the-floor-with-your-butt-in-the-air thing while your arms are flat on the floor and down lower. I don't know why that works, but it does the trick every time.

Nanners
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   Posted 8/6/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok my kids are 26, 29 & 30. But.....I was allowed to take Mylanta type products when I was pregnant. I do know that sometimes the Mylanta can cause some D, but maybe you can ask your OB if you could use something like that to help or chew Rolaids???? Just a suggestion, but ask your doc first.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


EmmyT
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   Posted 8/6/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
It turns out that it is just indigestion and terrible gas pain. I saw the doc today-by beta numbers were so high that he suspects we are having twins (I had to dominant eggs on the ultrasound 2 weeks ago). I am a little nervous about that, but excited too! He said the symptoms are 2x as bad with twins and even worse when you already have stomach issues. So, here's to a long painful 9 mths!!!! Thanks everyone! -Em

Nanners
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   Posted 8/6/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
OOOHHH Twins!!! Double the fun. Congrats!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


gachrons
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   Posted 8/6/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi That is so exciting . Glad tou got things checked out so much better then worrying. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


Stef17
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   Posted 8/6/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
OH YAY! - I'm so glad to hear that everything is ok! Twins, wow! You hang in there girlie and keep us posted!
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