My most pronounced Crohn's symptom is Crohn's Arthritis. I often suffer from muscle,nerve, tendon, and ligament pain and drawing. The skin lesions I get were referred to as lupus lesions by a Doctor of mine. Most of my first and second degree relatives suffer from eczema or psoriasis. In my signature you will notice that my first cousin has reactive arthritis. In 1953 Dr. Michael Debekey replaced huge portions of aortic tissue in my Father from a donor. In 1974, Dr. Debekey told me in a phone conversation that when he cracked my Father's chest "It looked like lawn sprinklers going off", and "I found over 150 aneurysms and week spots in the replaced aortic tissue the next day in the lab". My mother had told me the number was 163, and Dr Debekey had also told her that my Father had been "walking Dead". All of these symptoms and illnesses have been associated with or carry gene markers and variations that research indicates may have connections. This is even more complicated because most seem to require a virus or other environmental factor to trigger them. So, yes I think many of us may be in the same boat. It will take years to sort this all out, and to prove the connections with double blind studies, and many more years to unravel the triggers. Many chemical and food sensitivities have been identified that may prove to activate the predisposition. It is a great thing when we are able to identify our own triggers and avoid them. Paint, gasoline, cleaning products, solvents, personal care products, dairy products, and grains are a few I hear often from customers at work, and here on the forums. Healthy gut flora seems to lessen the symptoms, and reactions, but that can be tricky to achieve. I wonder if I came out of Crohn's remission from taking Advil and other NSAIDS for reactive arthritis pain. It's all quite a roller coaster ride. Health and peace to you.
Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You (unknown, from an E-Mail my daughter sent to me)
Post Edited (Margie11) : 10/29/2008 8:15:43 PM (GMT-6)