How do you make it through finals?

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MSM2011
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   Posted 12/15/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
 

Hi, I’m 19 and it has been just about a year since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s.  I don't think I have a bad case, but I don't know anyone to compare it to. My issue is that I get really bad stomach pains, but my bowel movements don't change.  My doctor put me back on Entocort and I finish taking them Christmas day.  The past couple days I have been miserable.  Every time I eat, I don't know if the food is going to stay down, my stomach is achy, I am so tired, and above all I have to study for finals this week.  I have also noticed today that my eyes are slightly yellow, am I being paranoid about something being worse than it is? I don't want to bother my doctor if it is nothing serious and I am just over reacting. Is there any way to make it through finals and be successful?

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sulleysullivan
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   Posted 12/15/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
i'm sorry i know finals are hard dealing with this! i've never been on Enocort does it say anything about yellowing of the eyes on possible side effects list? don't worry about bothering your doc he's working for you! hope all goes well good luck with finals! :)
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Celey
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   Posted 12/15/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
When did you last go to the doctor? Yellow eyes don't sound normal... I'd schedule an appointment with a doctor soon and see what's up..

Are you on any pain medicine? Do you have a heating pad (that can help with the pain a little bit if you can't get any pain medicine)... Do you know which foods bother you and which don't? If you don't, I'd suggest you keep a food diary... Also, try avoiding spicy foods and anything with nuts/seeds as those can be very bothersome....

:(... It can be very difficult to study when you're not feeling well... Do your best... I hope everything turns out okay... Inform your instructors (if you haven't already) that you have Crohn's disease and that you're not feeling well.... Because if things start getting really bad, you may have to go to the hospital... and that might mean missing finals... Also, next semester, if you aren't already... register at the Disability Support Office... this will make things a lot easier for when you aren't well...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


pretiprinces17
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   Posted 12/15/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
MSM2011,
Please don't worry about bothering your doctor! If you think something is wrong, ask your doctor about it! Don't worry about over reacting. You don't want something to really be wrong and have not gone to the doctor for it, you know? (I am NOT saying anything is wrong, because I obviously am not a doctor...) but please don't ignore your symptoms! I don't have any advice for finals, I had gotten my symptoms somewhat under control by the time I had to take them so I was able to get through it well enough... Try drinking some pepto before hand to help control your stomach pains maybe? It tends to soothe my tummy :) But just keep pushing! You can do it! Good luck! OH! And call your doctor! That's what they're there for! You (and/or your insurance) pays him right? Use your resources!
*Courtney*
*24 years old, female* *Diagnosed with Crohn's October 2006* *Diagnosed with Alpha-1 Anti-Trypsin Deficiency July 2008* *Also, I have had psoriasis (no meds have EVER worked-not even crohn's meds or pred., but tanning 2-3x/wk keeps the "scales" away) since I was 5 and I am anemic* *Currently taking Humira with mild side effects but at least it's the only one and I can eat again without emptying my bowels every hour or so* *Previous meds: Asacol, Cipro, Lialda, Prednisone, 6-MP* *Also taking daily vitamins: multi, iron, folic acid, c, flaxseed oil, and fish oil*
*"True strength is being able to hold it all together when everyone else is expecting you to fall apart" -unkown*
*"I am not afraid, I was born to do this" -Joan of Arc


MSM2011
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   Posted 12/15/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, you have really helped, it is nice to know that i am not alone. I think a call to the doctor is what is in order. Does stress bother anyone? I don't really feel stressed, but i could be.

mkl11
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   Posted 12/15/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Given it's finals time, you're probably stressed out, but more concerned about your health that the thoughts of school are in the back of your mind. But even thoughts like that can still affect you. I just finished finals and am definitely more relieved, but am still having heart palpitations as a result of being so stressed out last week (I have a mild case of anxiety).

Your health comes first and I've found my professors have generally been very understanding of my illness and have been accommodating during tough patches. If you do become overwhelmed perhaps try contacting one or two of them just to let them know your condition and find out possible options. Feel better!
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.


LMills
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   Posted 12/15/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh dear god...finals...I feel your pain. I just barely got through mine without pains or some sort of accident.
A few things that helped me were being extremely careful with what I ate, drinking a lot of water, making sure I got enough sleep, BREATHING, and I took prednisone to help calm things down.
If you think there is a problem then call your doctor!!!! You're not paying them that much money to talk with them for 20 minutes every 3 months.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.

"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


LMills
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   Posted 12/15/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh dear god...finals...I feel your pain. I just barely got through mine without pains or some sort of accident.
A few things that helped me were being extremely careful with what I ate, drinking a lot of water, making sure I got enough sleep, BREATHING, and I took prednisone to help calm things down.
If you think there is a problem then call your doctor!!!! You're not paying them that much money to talk with them for 20 minutes every 3 months.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.

"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 12/15/2008 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
finals were super tough for me. be up front with your profs and TA's at the beginning of the quarter/semester. chances are you'll get sick, a flare, and/or stressed out and have to miss a bunch of class and have to cut deals with assignments and tests and the matter. be as diligent a student as you can be so they know you are trying. check in with them often, using their office hours to learn so they see you are putting forth effort and want to learn. this way they also learn your name and who you are and you get to know one another a bit. with that personal connection most people are more inclined to help. most profs are cool and will work with you, especially if they see you are putting in the extra effort. but some profs suck. one prof knew of my condition as i had him for a previous class. i missed the midterm due to the flu (i'd get it once a quarter and be laid out for 1-2 weeks). he wouldnt let me make it up, even with a doctors note, hence the best grade i could get in the class was a C if i aced the final and the labs. unlikely. so i had to drop the class. but then i have had profs who let me come in late to a final and made special accommodations for me. just remember a bad grade is not the end of the world. you can always retake a class or drop it if you have to near the end of the term if things dont look good. it may delay your graduation but your health is more important than anything. i always studied way in advance for finals so i'd be ready and have that contingency time in my studying in case something happened.

bottom line, you just need to pass. C's are fine. grades really only matter if you want to go grad school. you can circumvent having not the best grades though by good references and excellent GRE/MCAT/GMAT, etc scores. the piece of paper you get opens a lot of doors for you. no one really cares too much about where you went to school - there are tons of schools and no one knows them all or their reputations. the degree gets your foot in the door, the rest is up to you - you need to be ambitious and a hard worker. that impresses employers.

best of luck to you.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/15/2008 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey! I am going through finals right now too. I take it one day at a time. Eat healthy. I don't get much sleep to be honest and really just run myself down but then make it up to myself as soon as it is over by sleeping a ton and taking extra good care of myself. I don't study as much as I should. I just do the best I can. And I sit near the door and use the restroom as often as I need to. Good luck!
27 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.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 12/16/2008 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
One day a time. I am eatting alot of soup (fighting an obstruction). Plenty of sleep and fluids when I need it.
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Nanners
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   Posted 12/16/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree just taking it one day at a time and really watching your diet. Also, I do not recommend you taking Pepto as it has aspirin in it and that is a no no for us Crohnies.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
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.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Immodium?
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inflamed
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   Posted 12/16/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what type of CD symptoms you have. I never had to run out to the bathroom during finals, but would be in pain and stressed. I would go on a liquid diet right before an exam (Boost, Ensures, LOTS of juice and smoothies), and would make sure to take a nap each day and squeeze in a little bit of yoga for the stress. A short nap or yoga calmed me down and helped me study better and handle the stress.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.


gemini kiwi
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   Posted 12/16/2008 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
If any of you feel like I do at the moment doing your finals I am in awe of your ability to keep on keeping on. Isn't it amazing how deep we can dig at times just finding some inner strength to get through.
I personally would be concerned about yellow eyes, that could possibly involve the liver. Best to get yourself checked out, and I need to take my own advice.!!
Best of luck to all of you.
Tess.
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