CD and stop smoking

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maryse
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   Posted 4/16/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
I was diagnosed in 2002 in the age of 20 years old. Now i'm 27 and i'm having my second time with problems with the disease...
When i was diagnosed i was a smoker for 6 years and before the diagnosis i was trying to quit smoking. After that i, unfortunately, continued smoking until now that i did my second attempt to quit it and having problems again... I'm wondering if nicotine affects crohn's disease in some way because i think this is not a coinsidense.. I found an article about a research with patients with CD having a therapy with nicotine but i don't know if that's a sure thing... unfortunately my doctors don't know nothing about it...
I know some other patients that had the same experience with me, diagnosed or have problems with the disease while quitting smoking i mean... so i wonder if this happens indeed i might have to find an other way to quit other than immediate stopping... I'm not sure for those i write... i'm in very bad mood right now and i don't know how to deal with my situation..
 

Nanners
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   Posted 4/16/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
My Crohns started acting up again after a 20 year remission back in 1999. I starting researching more about Crohns and discovered that smoking can trigger Crohns flares. So I made the decision to quit smoking after 29 years, I quit cold turkey. I did not flare or anything, but boy was it hard.

Most research says that smoking is really bad for Crohns, but nicotine has been shown to be beneficial to people with ulcerative colitis. Go figure??? Where is your Crohns located? Is it more in the large intestine than the small intestines? Because that may be why you are having problems. We have a member PB4 that has more problems in the large intestine and when she tried to quit smoking, she started having more problems with her CD. So in her case the nicotine helps. Maybe its the same for you?

I still think it is a good idea to quit smoking as we Crohnies have enough health issues, we don't need to add anymore. But I do understand how difficult it is to quit. Good luck!
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"*

maryse
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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 4/16/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! Thanks for answering. My Crohn's is located on the large... The thing is that i want to quit but i don't want to have problems with CD also...
when i was telling my doctors that when i have pains i need nicotine they told me that it was not happening and that nicotine was a placebo for me... but i insist it does work for me and i don't know how to deal with it... it's very difficult when you want to quit smoking but you have to have a flare up because you quit!!!! it's like a joke!!!
Nascitur, non fit...
Maryse...


Nanners
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   Posted 4/16/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
See you are like PB4. The exact samething happens to her when she tries to quit.
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"*

onthecan
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   Posted 4/17/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Maryse i think that was your name i to smoke did now for 17 years and if i get sick and slow down the runs come back more and i don't know the laws at your hospital but here we have to go of the land all together which is a long walk and with 2 IV's that is a task in its self but i do it cause it does slow down the D alot some people it works a differant way and it causes the D but no for me i would like to quit and tried several times and was so cranky that i stated again i tried the patch it gave me night mares so bad i couldn't sleep and the pill i can't remember the name but it did the same thing a nd made my mrevous all the time and jumpy i had to stop that to. so good luck on the quitting if thats what you want to do but it sounds like its helping your disease not hurting it anyways all the best to ya!!!!!!! Your Friend Jenn smilewinkgrin
Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.


crohnielass
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   Posted 4/17/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, i was told last week by my consultant to quit as it is bad for people with crohns yet people with colitis seem to get better he wasn't happy and said that i was going to be given an expensive drug (Remicade)to help me but i was not helping by smoking so i will try to give up but i can't use patches i dream about ciggies at night!!if you feel it helps you then speak to your doc and see what he has to say good luck and let us know how it goes Bev x

Kriss
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   Posted 4/17/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
i once read that if people with UC smoke one cigarette a day, it was shown to help with the disease; but smoking aggravates Crohn's & Crohn's symptoms... i have found that being around people who are smoking (i am not a smoker) makes my disease act up..
32 year old female... diagnosed with Crohn's at age 16, then with proctitis in 2005... right hemi-coloctomy April 2001 (removed 12 inches)... currently taking 100mg 6MP, Canasa, acidolpholus, Protonix, B12 injections once a month, 20mg Prednisone, Bentyl and Percoset as needed... just started Remicade


pillpopper
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 209
   Posted 4/17/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told to quit so I would recover quicker from surgery.
I smoked for 40 years and quit cold turkey.
I enjoyed smoking and wouldn't quit for anyone.
I have never felt better,you will too...
You can do it!
diagnosed 1981
remission until 2006
Remacade,resection
B-12,Pentasa,Loperamide,
Entocort, 6mp,Hydrochlorothiazide
Remission since surgery
and 8-week Remacade.
d since 1981(enjoy the look
on Dr's faces)


Skylardaisy
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 4/18/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
This is going to sound very childish. I am a smoker and I know that I would most likely feel better if I quit. I feel that I have already had to give up so much for this disease, my health, most of my so called friends, my social life, my good financial standing and my dignity. Smoking is my last guilty pleasure and once that is gone I will have given up everything in my life that I enjoyed. Why bother living ?
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