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   Posted 3/16/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had this pain in my tummy for a few weeks it is located on the right side next to my navel and i also get really itchy at this spot.
It is more like a discomfort then pain, but i was wondering if it could be a start of something bad :(

And the next thing that is bothering me is heartburn i have never had it in my life until i got on pred and now i can´t get through the day with out taking nexium.
I have been good on 20 mg a day taken in the morning.. but now it is not enough and i woke up last night feeling like choking took a good 20 minutes just to be able to breath well. I was wondering does this not get better after you quit the pred ? i have been off the pred for 6 weeks..

My BM are about 5-10 per day i have most of the times D but sometimes i get a little C but that does usually not last long.

I am on a wheat less diet and that seems to help my colon and joint pains.

does anyone have some advice for me ?
24 year old female
Diagonsed with Crohns disease in December 2008..
Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Entocort

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 3/16/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor prescribed omeprazole for the heartburn...I haven't had a problem since.
I don't know about the pain though :( I'm sorry.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 3/16/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Your heartburn sounds horrible, Ise, I'm so sorry!

I remember other posts on here over the years discussing how long Prednisone stays in your system... I think the general consensus is around 3 months. At the end of 3 months, most of the freaky nonsense that prednisone causes is usually gone... there are of course always exceptions.

When my doc put me on Protonix (similar to Nexium I think), I didn't start having heartburn until AFTER I tried to stop the Protonix. He originally prescribed it for my intestinal ulcers, I guess. I took it for about a week, and then ran out of samples from my doc. The first day without the Protonix I felt like I was continually swallowing magma all day and night, the heartburn was terrible! I know a lot of people on here poo-poo it, but I started drinking really strong herbal tea (peppermint specifically for the heartburn/belly), and after a week or so of tea and low-acid foods, the heartburn went away. Take from that what you will, if anything.

As far as the pain in your belly - I would definitely mention it to your docs. I have a similar pain very close to my belly button that itches from time to time. A recent CT scan shows a mini-hernia of some kind. Absolutely nothing to worry about, doc says. Maybe yours is something similar that showed up on a past test? My doc didn't mention it to me originally because he didn't think I could possibly know something was wonky by minor pains and itching. Just a thought!

I hope things get better for you soon!
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds
Noticing a real difference with a Gluten-Free diet.
Currently on:
Cimzia (loading doses 2-12-09)
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, and Prednisone

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