Do You Ever Get Sick?

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 6/29/2009 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Before this May I think it had been well over 10 years, maybe even almost 15 years, since I had gotten so much as a cold let alone the flu, etc., which seem to go around every year. Probably about 5 years ago I noticed this--that I never seemed to catch the bugs that so many of the people I associated with caught. Late last year I noticed quite a few people sniffling and coughing but never experienced any symptoms myself. Then I flared, was prescribed prednisone, and BAM--I developed the full-blown upper respiratory infection that's been going around and was on its last legs. Just wondering since the prevailing wisdom seems to be that Crohn's is due to an overactive immune system and maybe that's what has been keeping all the bugs at bay for me.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 6/29/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
When my kids were little and bringing every bug home, I never caught anything. I always got the flu shot and felt that that helped to keep things at bay. I've always been on some dose of prednisone, can't seem to get off it for any length of time. But my luck ran out about 3 years ago, and now I get things if people look at me cross eyed. I have a cold now. And when I get what ever is going around, I get the worst possible variation of it. So maybe its just a cyclical thing, and things will turn around again.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/29/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I work in a health clinic and don't seem to get sick like everyone else. I had never thought much about it until your posting. I always just figured I was building up immunities every day by working here. (I've been here for over 7 yrs now) I have been on Prednisone for the first time since April. I hope my luck doesn't run out like with what happened to you both. I did develop C-Diff, I wonder if that's from the Prednisone? Hmmmm......?
Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum.
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, Levsin, Welchol 625mg, Prednisone 10mg(started weaning off, now going back up in dosing).Canesa suppositories, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Flagyl, Cipro & Entocort
Misc:  I recently joined a local crohns disease support group that meets monthly.  It has been great talking to and meeting other people who share the same disease.  I hope to continue gaining insight through this forum as well.

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 6/29/2009 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't get sick either.  Maybe once a year I will get a cold but it's usually viral and I kick it in about a week with no residual effects.
My husband gets sick at least 3-4 times a year. 
28 years with Crohns in the term ileum.  Feb 07 Resection.  Apriso, Align and possibly going back to Entocort.  Currently pregnant!

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