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   Posted 10/2/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
To advocate for ourselves:
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 10/2/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
quite true!
But he pointed out a very good question, what do you do when you just become so exhausted to advocate for yourself?
What do you do if you have no one to advocate for you? and your patient rep sucks.
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   Posted 10/2/2008 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Fitzy,

Thanks for the great article. I hope you don't mind, I'm going to highjack this thread for the Lupus forum.


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   Posted 10/2/2008 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Couldn't have been written better! A great message for all of us.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--methylpred - finally off 6/15/08, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-yr-old girl

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   Posted 10/7/2008 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
GREAT article Fitzy
Thanks for sharing

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   Posted 10/7/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Great article! It's amazing how long we will stick with physicians that we need to fire. It's also amazing how willing we are to sit back and blindly let physicians make decisions without our input. It's time people stand up, learn all they can about the disease that afflicts them, and take part in their care.

Sorry, I'll get off my soapbox now!
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