Crohn's and Seasons

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LMills
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   Posted 1/11/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
http://www.applesforhealth.com/ChildrensHealth/sacr3.html

I came across this and was just wondering if any of you think there is anything to it? I'm an August child myself.

I was also wondering which, if any season in particular, you flare more in? I've heard some get worse in the heat and some worse in the cold...I'm not sure what to prefer honestly...because I love Spring weather, but my worst flare periods last year were from May to September or October...I don't want to repeat last year..I need to keep going to school and get a job!
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 20 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


daisyrambler
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   Posted 1/11/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
i think i seem to flare more in the summer around july but in the winter when i shiver it seems to make my sores hurt
> 27 year old female < 
 
> Diagonsed with Crohns disease in 2000 <
 
> Medication - pentasa, imuran, prednisone, potassium, vitamin C, multivitamin, and iron <

In John 14:18 Jesus tells us ~ "I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you". He is always there for us even when we think noone else is.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all thing work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  


DancrAlwaz
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   Posted 1/11/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Both of my flares have come right around Thanksgiving and Christmas, unfortunately. The first one (pre-diagnosis) started mid-October and continued until just after the New Year. The 2nd one (that I'm currently in) started just before Thanksgiving, and started to ease after the New Year again. But I had a doctor's appointment in early January and he lowered my Pred which seemed to help, and he thinks that's when my Azathioprine kicked in too. I'm convinced lowering the Pred is what did, literally the day I started the lower dose I started to feel better.
Rachael - 24 years old, diagnosed with CD in Dec. of 2004.

Currently on 20 mg of Prednisone, 2.4mg Lialda, and 100mg Azathioprine. Also multi-vitamins, and Anti-D when necessary. 1/2 tablet of 5MG-325 MG pain pill when needed

I thank God every day for an amazing support network of family, my boyfriend who has been there since the beginning, and my friends who never waver.


LMills
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   Posted 1/11/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Were you guys born around the times you tend to flare or are your birth dates more in keeping with the news article??
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 20 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


gachrons
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   Posted 1/11/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Haven't got to the reading yet but maybe tomorrow. Nice to see you on here and be looking for you tomorrow. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


DancrAlwaz
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   Posted 1/11/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I was born March 4, so neither rings true for me.
Rachael - 24 years old, diagnosed with CD in Dec. of 2004.

Currently on 20 mg of Prednisone, 2.4mg Lialda, and 100mg Azathioprine. Also multi-vitamins, and Anti-D when necessary. 1/2 tablet of 5MG-325 MG pain pill when needed

I thank God every day for an amazing support network of family, my boyfriend who has been there since the beginning, and my friends who never waver.


daisyrambler
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   Posted 1/11/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
yep i was born july 14 and i seem to flare around the first part of july that is when most of my hospital stays have been. also my first flare was around may 2000 and i think is was caused by a surgery to remove a ovarian cysts, I have been in the er several times in the past mays
> 27 year old female < 
 
> Diagonsed with Crohns disease in 2000 <
 
> Medication - pentasa, imuran, prednisone, potassium, vitamin C, multivitamin, and iron <

In John 14:18 Jesus tells us ~ "I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you". He is always there for us even when we think noone else is.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all thing work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  


inflamed
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   Posted 1/11/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I was born in June. So far I only flare in winter, usually worst Dec- March.
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.


SydneyJo
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   Posted 1/11/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
born 25th March and my major flares are from March - September - no rhyhm or reason there I dont think.
Jo

Nanners
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   Posted 1/12/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I was born in October and diagnosed in October.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Becoming undone
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   Posted 1/12/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
born in July in AZ with NO a/c...just swamp coolers...I can take the heat...buy lordy, if it gets lower than 75 I am FREEZING and putting on the jackets, sweaters, and blankets...

Not sure the study holds true. My own hypothesis about my own DD is that there is both a genetic susceptibility and an environmental factor. I grew up in a semi-rural area and got "dusted" a few times by the crop dusters as a child waiting for the school bus...not too much research on the role of organo-pesticides in this disease...again, my own hypothesis. (my sister got dusted too, she has RA).

SeanM
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   Posted 1/12/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
My flares always hit me the hardest in the summer months.  I tend to have flare-ups in December-January but that can be attributed to the holidays and the change in my diet.  Something about the heat triggers my crohns, I don't understand it myself but I've seen the pattern ever since I was dx'd when I was teenager.
32 yr old male
Diagnosed with Crohns in 1994 (lower bowel/ileum)
Medication history:  prednisone, azacol, sulfasalazine, cipro
Current Medications: entocourt (periodically-as needed), Remicaid, flagyl
Surgeries: 2002 (remove fistula), 2004 (6" of ileum removed)


LMills
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   Posted 1/12/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I guess we'll all have records of it to keep as the years go by...all I know is that last spring/summer period was ROUGH. I guess more preparation is in order..
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 20 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


kryssi923
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   Posted 1/15/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I have found that December is my trigger month... the last few years I've started to notice the pattern... I live in NY and it gets VERY COLD.. or maybe it's the winter air pressure... either way - the winter is my bad time.. BTW, I was born in September, diagnosed in the spring...

Benisone
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   Posted 1/15/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I flare up from early november to late december...why is probably the holidays eating, stress. Lack of hydration due to the cold weather. All these contributing factors have me increase my meds, but when spring kicks in I start working out and I enter periods of remission.

Irishmom4
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   Posted 1/16/2009 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I was born in April so I am an exception to their rule. I also have had all my major flares in the fall. This year August thru the present. Also my first total bowel obstruction was in the month of Novemember. That was a bad one!

Elizabeth
dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Pred. 20, and off Pentesa and Asacol to see how it goes


LMills
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   Posted 1/16/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys :) I know it's probably just another theory where birth date is concerned, but I did wonder about the flare periods being predictable...May will be my first full year upon diagnosis, but it showed up much before that in retrospect. I guess this is one thing where we have to keep records for years to be able to see the pattern and plan accordingly.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 20 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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