Crohn's and Stomach Viruses

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   Posted 12/2/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
This could be a dumb question, but a stomach bug has been going around my household, hitting just about everyone.  Anyhow, it seemed to hit me worse than others.  Can having Crohn's on top of a Stomach Virus/bug make the D, gas and nauseau even worse than in someone who doesn't have Crohn's? 
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   Posted 12/2/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I think our immune systems are a little weaker so we tend to have the bugs hit us a little harder. I know when I get a stomach bug it is always much worse for me than for my very healthy husband.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted 12/2/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI told me that bugs can make my crohns flare slightly from the extra stress on my system so it may be that we feel it longer too because of a small flare with the stomach bug.

Bad flare May '06 resulted in CD diagnosis
Asacol: 4800 mg/day; Entocort: 9mg/day; Metronidazol
Started seeing a Naturopath-Castor Oil Packs, Liquid B Complex, Floragen, Ribes Nigrum, Herbal GI, Chlorella
"Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain"

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   Posted 12/2/2008 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes stomach bugs will put me into a full-blown flare. I definitely get sicker than my healthy husband and friends.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort; female in late twenties.

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   Posted 12/2/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes are immune systems are weaker than nomal ppl.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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   Posted 12/2/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree... everything seems to hit us harder than our normal healthy kin folk.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
Stopped Humira August 22nd, 2008.
Went Gluten-Free, noticing some definite improvement.
Started LDN October 27th, and already LOVING IT.

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."

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   Posted 12/2/2008 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Considering our immune systems are suppose to be weaker than healthy people, the last time I had a stomach bug  (and was throwing up from it) was 14 yrs ago and I've had flaring CD for 17 yrs, so those are pretty good odds, especially with having 2 kids going to school for all those yrs bringing home all kinds of bugs, I've probably not gotten as sick as the rest of my family has...I very rarely get colds either and I'm not prone to getting the winter flu bug so I don't get flu shots either, never have, never plan considering our immune systems with having CD are compromised I do very well in regards to getting sick, then again maybe I'm catching a break since I've never been in full remission my entire 17 yrs of having CD...weird eh.


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