Thanks everyone for the responses. I started having abdominal problems within 2-3 weeks of the back pain. I do have a herniated disk but the doc's say it is not associated with my pain. Since the treatment for crohn's started the back pain has improved significantly. I have had blood test and an x-ray focusing on AS (both came back negative) but I have not seen a rheumatologist and my doc's haven't said anything else about it. I just started seeing a new GI specialist at UNC today and I really like him. He seems very knowledgeable and interested in ALL my symptoms. I will address the back pain and other joint pain I have with him. Unfortunately, he is repeating the colonoscopy and wants me to do a test in which I have to swallow a camera before he changes any medications. So I have another scope scheduled for next week.
As far as the military goes, pilots are very limited on what medication they are able to take. The concern is that the body may react to something differently in the "flight environment". Steroids and immunosuppressant are not allowed and crohn’s has to be in full remission for obvious reasons.
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Thanks again for the help!!
My husband is in the Army and was diagnosed with severe Crohn's Disease in Nov 2008. He joined the Army in 2006. He has been in the hospital 3 times with it, but has not had to have surgery. He was started on mercaptopurine (6-MP), along with prednisone for the CD. The 6-MP was not working for him, so his GI doc said he had to be more aggressive with treatment during his last hospital stay in May 09. He is now being infused with Remicade. The problem with Remicade is that he is non-deployable while taking it, and his GI doc said he would be on it for a minimum of 2 years. Our PCM on post told us that it would be inevitable that he would have to go through a MEB Board, so we decided to go ahead and do it now while she is still at our post. She is leaving in a month. has seen him through the entire process, so she knows his case the best. This week he is going through Phase I, II & III of the process. We are not sure what our outcome will be at this point.
Is there anyone out there that has a severe case of Crohn's that has already received a disability rating?