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LMills
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   Posted 1/25/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Before I get into the less serious of the two problems I had a few questions.

My fiance and I have been sexually active for a little over a year. As expected it was painful to sleep together initially, but I thought as time wore on my body would become accustomed to the act and it wouldn't be uncomfortable. The thing is, penetration has always hurt no matter what. And now we can't even have intercourse because of the pain. I don't think I have a yeast infection since there isn't the normal discharge, but the itching and horrible burning are there and are greatly exacerbated after we've been together. It even hurts after washing in the shower if we've slept together and then sitting down... There are sharp pains every now and then in I guess what specifically is the vagina(it doesn't feel like the urethra anyway). I'm just tired of sleeping next to my fiance and not even being able to spend time with him that way anymore. I really miss him.
Now, I WOULD go to the obgyn doctor but for the fact that, not only do I owe their office money, but I owe the company that does all of their lab work money and they have informed me that unless I pay(with money I do not have) they reserve the right not to run any tests for me. I really like the doctor that I have, but I guess if it comes to it I can start searching for another one as a temp for the time being. I'm just hoping someone might have an idea as to what this problem might be.
It could be a combination of the fact that I am a pretty small person, my boyfriend is umm shall we say not poorly endowed(sorry if this is too much information for some of you), and I am constantly dehydrated no matter what it seems.
But then there is the added symptom of frequent urination which I forgot to mention.

ANYWAY, the less serious of the two problems:

For those of you on strict diets, or stricter than we have already, do you ever have those days where you completely disregard all prior knowledge and mistakes and eat or drink exactly what you're NOT supposed to?

I started my brown pills yesterday for the bc pills so not only is it that time of the month, but it was also the day I reduced my prednisone again which is when it generally starts to have its effects on me e.g. mood swings, increased appetite.

So, here I am with an exam coming up, hours left of precalc homework left, stressed out in other words, and craving something sweet. I broke down and bought a quart of Silk chocolate soy milk and am nibbling on my fiance's Italian chocolate with almonds in it...:( I feel like a dope. I've been really good about avoiding high fat, high sugar, mostly any sugar, soy, chocolate, etc. etc. etc. and am hoping to god or whatever deity that I'm not too sick to go to campus tomorrow. I'm normally pretty laid back and able to say no, but I was ready to throw a hissy fit when I looked over and saw my fiance ate the last piece of his chocolate. Hence, his taking me to the store...I swear when we get our jobs I will spoil him.

Just wondering if you guys have those days and what it is you cheat with...I'm just glad I was able to stop myself before snatching up all the peanut butter chocolate cups and coffee chocolate. And then the bakery's cookies...I had a serious sweet tooth before I was diagnosed with Crohn's in case you can't tell hah...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 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."


FitzyK23
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   Posted 1/25/2009 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
L - I have had similar problems down there and my doctors can find nothing wrong. I am able to have intercourse but it is initially painful and often certain positions are more painful than others. Sometimes I get a burning feeling during intercourse. I have been thoroughly examined and have no infections or stds and as far as they can tell, no fistulas. I am also small and my husband is also large. Sorry I can't be of more help, just wanted to say "ive been there."

Also, rather than going to your gyno, if you just needed a quick check out you could try health services at school or planned parenthood. Health services should be free and planned parenthood charges on a sliding scale. As a student you may not have to pay at all.

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.


LMills
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   Posted 1/25/2009 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Fitzy-Thank you! I had not even thought of going to the school clinic actually. I may as well try them first before getting the serious bills increased. I'm sorry to hear 'I've been there' but I'm grateful for your reply and understanding...I've noticed KY gel makes things a little bit better, and it actually hurts a lot worse if he gets to 'that point' so to speak. I've heard of some women being allergic to their partner's semen, but how on earth do you figure out if you are or not I wonder?
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 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 1/25/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
i just want you to know that i to know how you feel ... with my first partner it hurt almost alll the time .. i could do nothing to stop the pain ... but with my husband it only hurts when my stomach is hurting ... and yes ky does help some .. you guys both said that your partners were large and i would think that would have something to do with it but my husband is much larger then my first ?? so i dont really understand that ?? but i too was checked for std and everything and had nothing ... well sorry i couldnt be of any help .... o but if you cant get any thing done at the school clinic you could try your local health dept in town too ....

i am very sorry for you and your pain
> 27 year old female < 
 > Diagonsed with Crohns disease in 2000 <
 
> In 2009 I was told my Crohns is Crohn's Colitis ~ they said the cd in my rectum, colon and all through my small intestine I was told that on a scale from 1 to 4 mine is a 4 i about cried ..... I dont feel that sick : ( <
 
 > Medication - pentasa(4000mg), imuran(100mg), prednisone(40mg untill around Feb 9 then i get to tapper), potassium, vitamin C, multivitamin, b-12, iron, and fish oil, plus i will start humira around Feb. 9 <
 
> I thank the Lord every day for my amazing husband and wonderful family <


LMills
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   Posted 1/25/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd actually be okay if it's normal because then the lack of worry might help alleviate some of the pain so...I'm glad to know there is a possibility it may not be something more serious. I'll get it checked out just to be sure, but I'd like to think there are ways around the pain...The only time I can think it didn't was when I had taken an ultracet and in a really good mood anyway.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 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."


butterflygrrrl
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   Posted 1/25/2009 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever had your bladder checked out?  I have interstitial cystitis, and it really hurts to have sex.  It feels like it's coming from around the vagina, but I guess that is referred pain.  So they tell me anyway, lol.  I pee all the time, too.  I don't know if that is what is happening with you, but you could always check it out.  An obgyn or a urologist can peek up there and see if it looks bruised.  Or sometimes they shoot up some liquids and see if that makes you hurt (one of the procedures, like colonoscopies, that I'm sure our grandkids will think is so unspeakably primative and won't believe people really ever did that, lol)  If you are curious about IC, a website I've used is http://www.ic-network.com/
 
 

EMom
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   Posted 1/26/2009 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Joining in with my 2 cents...

Sounds to me like a yeast infection! Everything you read on candida or yeast infections says that use of steroids and birth control pills add to the likelihood of having one.....

The itching and burning you describe most definitely are symptoms, so the fact that you don't have discharge shouldn't rule out a yeast infection.

Back in my twenties and early thirties, I used to have yeast infections ALL THE TIME. My symptoms were exactly as you described. What caused mine? Probably a combo of a massive sweet tooth, bc pills and an occasional round of antibiotics. The after intercourse issues you describe I found were better if I showered afterward and dried everything extremely well down there--if you know what I mean (try a blow-drier!shocked). Ultimately, the only thing that seems to have solved the situation permanently for me is diet. Since following my son's diet, I no longer have those issues. I know the probiotics and yogurt help immensely, as does cutting all the sugar and other carbs. I know you understand all of this, too. I'm simply sharing my experience to offer hope!

Also, that awful feeling of caving in and eating what you're not supposed to completely goes away after a while. Personally, I don't think you can expect that of yourself while on prednisone and under all the stress you're under, but it sounds like you are certainly on the right track with diet--so don't beat yourself up! Eventually this will all get better! Hang in there!

Oh! And one more thing! You might have your fiance start taking a probiotic (or eating a high-quality yogurt) and eating fewer refined carbs, too. Guys can have yeast infections (they can get them from us) and re-infect us during intercourse......
Mom to 16 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 1/26/2009 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Cranberry juice (100% juice) or the cranberry pills with every meal?
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spookyh
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   Posted 1/26/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
No boyfriend, so I can't help you with problem one wink.

As for problem two, you'll probably have more discipline once you're off the prednisose. The last time I was on it, pre SCD, I was hungry all the time and it was tough to say no. As for now, I'm very good about staying on course. My parents don't eat SCD, and I sometimes drool over what they make, but I never touch it. My main weakness is honey, and I have to be careful not to overindulge. A lot of times, grape juice or orange juice will help with a sugar craving. Even the homemade jello hits the spot quite nicely. My highlight of the day is a pecan butter brownie. Delicious! Mainly, you just need to make sure you're well-stocked on healthy yummy snacks so that you won't be tempted by your boyfriends treats.

Also, I take a BC pill because I have problems with anemia. My insurance won't pay for the ones where you only have a period every 3 months, so my gyno said to just skip the inactive pills in my prescription. She said there was no harm in it, and that you really don't NEED to have a period. At around 5 months I had some breakthrough bleeding, so stopped the pills for a few days to let my period happen. But if I only have a period once every 5 months, that will be fine with me smilewinkgrin!

FitzyK23
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   Posted 1/26/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Well for me I know it was not yeast related because my gyno checked for that as well as bacteria.  I had a lot of the symptoms of a yeast infection (including discharge) but NO yeast infection.  I was checked by 3 doctors to make sure.  That is since better since I switched/went off birth control.

L - I find that the warming KY was making things worse.  Then my hubby realized, it has an expiration date!!! Who would have known.  So make sure your lube isn't expired lol.  We chucked that one (which had an alcohol smell anyway).  We now have a hemp based one I find a lot more gentle. 

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.


kimberlayn
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   Posted 1/26/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I had the itching and burning every time my husband I had sex, until he had a vasectomy. Then it stopped, completely! My gyno said I was probably allergic to his sperm! I thought it was funny, but I don't think he did! I did have pain last year, like a pressure during sex, and it went away after a resection. I don't know what caused it, except maybe just lots of inflammation. It hasn't come back, even though the inflammation is starting to. I hope it stays away, its hard enough to have the energy for sex, when you know its going to hurt, it makes it even more difficult.
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. <S>150 mg Imuran</S>, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 1/26/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Kim - would you experience the same thing if he wore a condom? That is why I don't think the sperm is the problem for me - I was getting it w/ a condom on too.
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.


LMills
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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh the warming gel...I stopped using that pretty soon after we tried. It was nice the first time and the 'warming' felt more like 'burning' hah...not a fun experience. It even hurt him so I know it wasn't just my girl problems!

I swear I cannot stand cranberry juice but am seriously considering giving it another chance. I hadn't even thought about it actually so thank you navy :)

And yes yes I know...I have to try harder to resist. I normally have safe snacks lying around, but last night was one of those where nearly everything was missing. I'm pretty good about saying no, but, well...girl time+steroids=ravenous monster. I guess it will just take some more practice of will power.

Thank you guys by the way! I felt like a little isolated since so many other women seem to have no problem with their sex lives in that regard. I feel like the rest of us have at least a one up on resisting the junk food. Then again, most females don't have the fear of spending the next week in the restroom to reduce those cravings :)
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 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."


kimberlayn
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   Posted 1/26/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Nope, didn't have problems with a condom, but I know that some women can be allergic to them too!
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. <S>150 mg Imuran</S>, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.


Brannah
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   Posted 1/26/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe a bladder infection? I used to get those often in my teens/early 20's. The symptoms sound familiar.

broomhilda
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
cool  Just a word from the old timer here...get yourself checked out by the health clinic as suggested..you don't need to let infection run on you to long if that is what it is.
 
I had more problems with pain during intercourse prior to my resection.  So much inflamation I guess.  At my age KY is a must have and yes, it does help a whole lot!
 
As to the second problem...you'll gain control again after you've done yourself in enough times.
 
Last but not least...Chocolate is better than sex anyday! smilewinkgrin   Sorry to disappoint you guys!  I would ditch the almonds though.

mkl11
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
This post got me excited, because I had very similar issues with my current boyfriend, and I found the answer. I'm also smaller and my boyfriend is larger. The burning was unbearable and I'm surprised we made it to a year in our relationship given the issues it caused.

HOWEVER

It took me 8 months, but I found the answer. No, I was not allergic to his semen, but to the LUBE. Latex allergies are so widely talked about but almost no one addresses the fact that many women, and even men, are sensitive to the GLYCERIN in lube. If you're using an over the counter brand, it most likely has glycerin. After so much research I finally got my hands on a brand of glycerin-free lube and guess what, PROBLEM SOLVED. It was an AMAZING difference. I can't believe it took me so long to figure out. So if you do use lube on a regular basis I would definitely try to get my hands on some (any decent sex store will sell some, or there are lots of great online sites..the brand I use is "Pink"). Worst case scenario, you lose ten bucks. Best case, the problem is solved.

Good luck!! I hope you have the same outcome
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.


LMills
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Broomhilda-hopefully I will learn before that happens! This is the first period I have really given in on actually. The others I've tended to be pretty good. I sincerely hope a bite(or five) of chocolate every six months won't send me to the hospital...I would do without the almonds too, but they're sneaky and stuck quite well...

Sex vs chocolate though. This is a hard one. I do love my fiance...although spending time with him by sharing chocolate sounds like good fun too.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 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."


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
there are cranberry pills from natures bounty
of course I suspect an UTI, but I do think it needs to be checked out especially if you are on a immunosuppressant
Sex has been so incredibly painful I have pretty much given up on having a relationship until I get my disease under control...
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Make sure your suffering has meaning…


bektold
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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a few problems along these lines when I first started having sex, lo those many years ago.  When I talked to my nurse practitioner about it, she said that pain during sex can be a psychological problem as well.  (Just in case you wear out all the allergy options.)  It hurts, and then you worry about it hurting, and then it hurts even more.  There are physical changes that happen during arousal that allow sex to be comfortable.  Fear of pain could be interrupting arousal and making things more difficult.  Maybe spending a little more time on the build up and being really sure you're ready might help.  Could the burning after the fact be... well, friction burns?  I agree that a good quality lube could really help.

caroline_r
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   Posted 1/27/2009 4:06 AM (GMT -7)   
spookyhurst said...
No boyfriend, so I can't help you with problem one wink.

As for problem two, you'll probably have more discipline once you're off the prednisose. The last time I was on it, pre SCD, I was hungry all the time and it was tough to say no. As for now, I'm very good about staying on course. My parents don't eat SCD, and I sometimes drool over what they make, but I never touch it. My main weakness is honey, and I have to be careful not to overindulge. A lot of times, grape juice or orange juice will help with a sugar craving. Even the homemade jello hits the spot quite nicely. My highlight of the day is a pecan butter brownie. Delicious! Mainly, you just need to make sure you're well-stocked on healthy yummy snacks so that you won't be tempted by your boyfriends treats.

Also, I take a BC pill because I have problems with anemia. My insurance won't pay for the ones where you only have a period every 3 months, so my gyno said to just skip the inactive pills in my prescription. She said there was no harm in it, and that you really don't NEED to have a period. At around 5 months I had some breakthrough bleeding, so stopped the pills for a few days to let my period happen. But if I only have a period once every 5 months, that will be fine with me smilewinkgrin!


I'm very surprised that your doctor told you that you really don't need to have a period shocked shocked shocked And also, you do know that BC pills are a no-no when you have CD? They cause a relaps. I'm sorry, it's just that I'm really shocked shocked
21 yr. old with crohn colitis. First symptoms in June 2003, diagnosed in March 2004. Been in remission on mesalazine till June 2006 (actually till January) and then on steroids and Imuran. Currently taking Imuran and metronidazole (was taking ciprofloxacine for a month and then switched to metronidazole). No surgeries so far.


CazUK
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   Posted 1/27/2009 4:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn't know that BC pills could cause relapse. Is that well known? I know that women who take the pill have a slightly higher chance of developing CD in the first place, but my doctors have never mentioned that I should reconsider my contraception choice as the link is so vague.
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in Sept 05 aged 24


Resection in Nov 06


Currently taking 125mg azathioprine, 40mg prednisolone, multivitamin, probiotics and omega 3
 
Previously taken Entocort, Flagyl, Cipro, Pentasa


LMills
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   Posted 1/27/2009 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
There is no direct causation between BC pills and a relapse of symptoms. They're even known to improve symptoms on occasion. The only way you can know how they really affect you is to stop taking your BC pills for a while and see how your intestinal symptoms go. Yes, it can make some women worse, but it can make some better. It's really just another one of those things where the answer lies in the individual.

I'm a little surprised too that a doctor would say you don't need a period...I think I would disagree with him based on the fact that we're born to function that way..
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 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."


Nanners
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   Posted 1/27/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree BC pills do not cause a relapse of Crohns. I was on them for years after being diagnosed and they never caused me problems, in fact I was in remission during those times.

LMills, when I was on Pred and got those cravings, I ate popsicles. They gave me the sweet taste without causing any problems.
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bektold
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   Posted 1/27/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
We are born to have periods, but we're also born to be pregnant.  Our modern lifestyle, where we delay child bearing and have far fewer children, means that we have many more periods than our ancestors.  Some scientists believe that all those periods are unnecessary.  I've heard of doctors suggesting taking bc back-to-back like that, although only two or three months at a time, not five.  After all, Depo-Provera causes you to skip what, three periods?  But a period is the body's way of shedding old tissue, and that does need to happen occasionally.  I've heard (and I don't remember where off the top of my head) that letting it go too long can increase the possibility of cancer.
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