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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 733
   Posted 3/17/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I made a resolution to try to post good things along with the bad... and today I actually have good news to report!

I think (knocking on all wood in a 2 mile radius) that the Cimzia is working! My bowel movements have become less frequent and more formed, and that alone is worth a million bucks! I discovered today that my remaining symptoms fall under the heading of "rebound constipation" (severe gas pain, bloating, and rock hard distended tummy), but I can live with that! Part of that also may be the introduction of a fiber supplement, so I truly believe that even THIS round of symptoms has an expiration date. And I'm successfully weaned down to only 2.5mg of the Evil Prednisone. YAY!

If only I could get myself to stop STARING at my vitamins and supplements and start taking them like a "good girl". Like I read somewhere else -

"I have pill fatigue!". Suck it up though, right?

After a long, dark year and a half - I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! (insert crude joke about bowels/tunnels here)
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

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1753
   Posted 3/17/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm really glad to hear this!! I hope you keep improving. Let us know how everything goes?
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 Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 3/17/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so happy for you Paintedspiders

Good news is always the so nice to read during all the other crud we go thru daily eh

NOW take them Vit a mins........LOL

I literally have a tin can of pills I have to take daily and thats not including vitamins.........

So sick of pills but ya gotta do what works for ya right
 DX: Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,
Fibro & Other DD

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Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 91
   Posted 3/17/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Cimzia since July (except for brief lapse right now fromPG treatment). I am due to have it Thursday, and I think I've finally found a combination that works for me. My GI and I have worked together and done trial and error (with journal help). I get the Cimzia every 4 weeks and take Methotrexate 6 pills one day a week. The final component is a proton pump inhibitor Omeprazole. It helps keep the extra stomach acid from being produced and flooding the bowel causing d. For the first time in 10 tears I am actually having formed stool! I never thought I'd grow up to be excited by a terd!(ha,ha)!! I hope you continue to due well. Thanks for your support on PG thread!!

diagnosed CD '03 after suffering for 10 yrs.
re-section surgery '05, Chronic Pancreas problems, joint and muscle issues (from Remicade), diagnosed March '09 pyoderma gangrenosum
meds been on-Asacol, Pentasa, Lialda, Remicade, Humira, 6-MP, Methotrexate, Rowasa, Prednisone, too many pain meds to list
Currently on-Cimzia, Cymbalta, Reglan, Pamine Forte, Methotrexate, Folic Acid, Probiotics, Phenergan, Omeperazole, and Klonopin(RLS) (IV Vancomycin, Fortaz, Solumedrol, and Lasix)

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 192
   Posted 3/17/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great! I hope you continue feeling better!
Dx with Crohn's Colitis; Meds: Pred and Imuran; female in late 20s.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 4527
   Posted 3/17/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Glad to hear that you are finally feeling better and posting your good results made all the more special after a tiring trial of getting there ,hoping you have continued good health ...I just got in from a 2 km walk not possible a few years ago and my stools are pretty good now so I know the feeling of better quality of life then sitting near the tolet for years on end... I think the walking helps move the bowels better as well I drank a half can of pears I had whipped up and certainly gaives a good cleaning out and was surprised it remained fairly solid threw it all... I avoid fruit except banana's so I thought that might be a way to at least get the odd can in me... happy for you.... lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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