anyone have this...ER visit

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mel05
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   Posted 8/29/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
So, I went to the ER today.  I had been feeling pretty well, although was having a mini-flare starting at the end of July.  Dr. put me on entocort to try to help out.  I was doing fairly well...the pain was decreasing, etc.  Well, last night that came to an abrupt halt!  I had a fever of 103.8 and SEVERE pain.  So, I dragged myself to the ER and of course they don't know what to do with me...although they had quite a bit of knowledge about crohns...much better than the last time I was there.  I got some pain meds (wonderful by the way) and some steroids by IV.  Now, here is my question.  They dr. prescribed me prednisone (which I have been on before) but this taper is only 6 days long.  I'm supposed to take 60 mg tomorrow, 50 they next day, 40 the next, and so on until I'm off.  Does this seem normal?  I know he referred to the on call GI (mine is out of town) so I'm sure it's fine...just seems wierd to me.  Any thoughts would be appreciated!  thanks!
Diagnosed with crohn's in January 2008! 
Pentasa 1000 mg 4 times a day
Was on topamax for migraines...off now to try to get pregnant
No longer on Nexium...well now i"m back on it! 
On Entocourt for the next 6 weeks to see if I can get out of my flare!
 
I am 27 years old and have been married for 2 1/2 years.  My husband and I are currently going to try to get pregnant.  This is our first month trying, so wish us luck!!


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 8/29/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
It is quite logical. First off you had the IV steroid. And then they are NOT your regular gastro and aren't all that familiar w/your history. They just want to keep you as well as they can until your regular gastro can take over and make the nitty gritty decisions. ER is just providing a stop gap measure and that is all that they correctly should do.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.


SydneyJo
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   Posted 8/29/2008 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
It does sound right to me too. I have had tapering doses of the pred like that years ago. Hope it does the trick for you.
Jo

Keeper
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   Posted 8/29/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
With that fever and the pain and the sudden onset, you should have a look at http://www.oley.org/lifeline/bacter.html especially the section on Avoid Acid Suppressing Agents.

CrohnnieMan
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   Posted 9/2/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
You know, last week I had a sudden severe pain in my stomach area with low fever. A couple of days before had I taken some Maalox up to that time due to some bad heart burn. Do you think taken that could have caused sudden stomach pain? Even though it continued a few days after?

randynoguts
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   Posted 9/2/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
thats called a pulse dose.. give you a big hiot at first and a rapid down dose. since you would not be on it for weeks, its safe to do. i do that everytime i get a fever . seems to help.
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mel05
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   Posted 9/2/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for all the replies!  i am doing much better, though not back to 100 percent yet.  Now i'm trying to get the bleeding to end (it has decreased substantially, barely there anymore, but my bottom is soooo sore!!)  And of course my GI is full forever or only has appointments at 9 in the morning...sorry, it's my first week back as a teacher, and I CANNOT take off already!  :-)  Sorry for the mini-rant!

Diagnosed with crohn's in January 2008! 
Pentasa 1000 mg 4 times a day
Was on topamax for migraines...off now to try to get pregnant
No longer on Nexium...well now i"m back on it! 
On Entocourt for the next 6 weeks to see if I can get out of my flare!
 
I am 27 years old and have been married for 2 1/2 years.  My husband and I are currently going to try to get pregnant.  This is our first month trying, so wish us luck!!  (No longer trying due to all the meds and my flare! :-(  Hopefully we'll get to try again soon!!!)


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 9/2/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Wellllll, IF you don't stay on top of this CD and keep it under control you won't be teaching at all. Think about that. Doctor's desk dragons sometimes guage how serious a patient's call for an appointment is by how willing they are to accept the times offered.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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