Do you call MD at every flare?

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   Posted 9/7/2008 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Although I have been dx with Crohns 3 years ago I sometimes feel like I do not know anything about this disease at all... 3 yrs ago I was hosp and dx then. After it got under control I have not had a flare since. It appears Currently, I am in a flare also, thought it was stomach flu but i think its b/c I have a little denial still in me :)  So do you typically call your MD every flare? I have been on liquid diet letting things rest and feel better.. Also, do meds typically need to be reevaluated if a flare happens? thanks
29 Year old Female. Dx with Crohns 2005. Currently take Imuran 50 mg. Had 3 remicade infusions which put me in remission.
Dx with Pyoderma Gangrenosum Nov '07. Used Prednisone and 3 more infusions to close up the PG.

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   Posted 9/7/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
If this is the worst you have felt in 3 years then yes you need to call your MD and probably review your meds.

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   Posted 9/7/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with sjkly.
I have been in a constant flare so my situation is different.
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   Posted 9/7/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't feel bad about not understanding this disease. I'm in year 9 and I'm still learning. I think every flare is a different experience and one flare may be nothing like the next. This last flare (January 08) has totally rocked my world. Not only dealing with the physical but emotional, and spiritual as well.

I also agree with sjkly- if you're starting to feel worse then you need to be reevaluated. I'm at the point where I flare about twice a year. I know what it starts out like and at what point I need to seek medical advice whether from my GI or the ER. Hang in there! This is a trying and frustrating disease.


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   Posted 9/7/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Real flares? Yup. I can't get them under control myself. If I'm just having a bad week, I wait it out to see what it's going to do. Also depends on how bad my symptoms are, and what they are (I start having swelling and other symptoms elsewhere, I'm going in!). So really it just depends.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Just finished tapering off Prednisone *YEAH*, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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