I have crohns...and as far as I have been told and can tell that is it. For me that is enough.
BUT.....I have read many of the tagged on bio's of the folks on this site and can not help but comment on and wonder about all of the other chronic illnesses that many of you have along with or in assocation to the crohns.
It got me wondering...Do you think the crohns caused the other illnesses? or did they bring on the crohns? Does one have nothing to do with the other? How do you treat one without possibly making the other worse? Which ones will go away if the crohns goes away? As an example: I know I have lots of arthritis pain in my joints, but I don't list arthritis as a malady because I see it as just an exstention of the crohns and really not arthritis.
for those who face surgery because of the crohns...is your outcome and recovery affected by your other health issues?
I am just very curious as to how all of this interacts and then taking it step further how everyone who falls into this area...how do you cope with all of the drugs . I read some of the bio's and the list of diseases is only out numbered by the list of meds. Are any of you using a medical advocate to help study the interaction of all of these drugs? Any words of wisdom on what to avoid and what to watch for?
I can not imagine myself having to cope with another disease while dealing with crohns...so my hat of respect is tipped to all of you who do.
dx IBS 1999 UC 2000 CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
52 yrs old
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