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ISF13+
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   Posted 7/8/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I get this continual intermittent sharp stomach pain that feels like I'm being stabbed right through the core of my stomach.  It almost feels like an early contraction when in labor.  They don't last long but come and go at random times.  Does anybody have any idea what might be causing these?  They can be so strong that I am stopped in my tracks at times.  Is it related to the C-Diff maybe?  Any ideas??????
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.  Currently have C-Diff.
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Levsin, Welchol 625mg, Flagyl 250mg, 3xday, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone & Entocort


littlemissmuffet
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 268
   Posted 7/8/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I dont know much about c diff. However I geta sharp stabbing pain in my bowel area when I am in flare although it is not constant. It stops me in my tracks and I have a sharp intake of breath.
Diagnosed 2005.
 
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, ferrous sulphate, Vitamin B12 injections, asacol


dt19&99
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Total Posts : 174
   Posted 7/8/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a constant nagging discomfort in my lower abdominal area with that sharp stabbing pain getting more frequent over the course of a couple weeks. We decided it was inflamed and I went on pred thursday; feeling better now (havent had that stabbing pain since like saturday night or sunday).

patientspiders
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   Posted 7/8/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I think it's your c-diff...or a byproduct there of.

I don't have the official diagnosis, but am in my third round of testing for c-diff this week. so annoying! I get the contraction/charlie horse pulls too... ended up in the ER last night and they of course had to ask if I thought it was menstrual. PAH!

Hope it eases up soon for ya.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds (ah, those were the days, eh?)
Tried Humira. Failed. Tried Gluten Free. Leaning towards Failure there too.
Currently on:
Cimzia (started 2-12-09) Again, not helping much, if at all.
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Forvia vitamins, and calcium chewies
Feeling a bit jaded lately, but trying to keep my chin up.


ISF13+
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   Posted 7/8/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you! and same for you. I've done the ER routine. It's like none of the ER doctors have ever heard of Crohns before. My husband gets so frustrated when we go. Chin up! you're not alone. :)
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.  Currently have C-Diff.
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Levsin, Welchol 625mg, Flagyl 250mg, 3xday, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone & Entocort


Lili_Enigma
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 24
   Posted 7/8/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had this, it is actually how I ended up being diagnosed with Crohn's... it is an intestinal spasm. I have a partially blocked intestine (ileum) and so the food ends up sitting there inflaming things and it causes the spasms as my intestine tries to get rid of it. I have been getting it on and off for a few months as they try to get the inflammation causing the blockage to subside.
 
I had a really bad one  a few months ago, it is awful, worst pain in my life, even worse than giving birth to my almost 9 lb son breach with no drugs! Check to see if you have any fever, as I also had fever, vomitting and diarrhea that time, but it came about 6 hours after the pain started.  I ignored the pain at first, and waited all night until the more severe symptoms started. I could have burst my intestine... I was lucky, mine was only partially blocked and the spasms took care of the blockage by clearing everything out, but you might want to get checked out if you get any of those symptoms with it, just in case. There is quite a bit they can do to assist, such as helping to clear what is causing any blockages, or giving smooth muscle relaxants or pain meds. They gave me steroids and pain meds, and put me on a low fiber diet until it clears up. The pain meds help make it more bearable, for sure.

ISF13+
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 7/8/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. I'll definately keep that in mind. It is similar to having contractions so you're right on with your "even worse than giving birth to my almost 9 lb son breach with no drugs!" Fun stuff huh?
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.  Currently have C-Diff.
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Levsin, Welchol 625mg, Flagyl 250mg, 3xday, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone & Entocort


Wolfie40
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 947
   Posted 7/8/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you feel better soon!
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Protonix,  Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


lenagirl
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Total Posts : 44
   Posted 7/8/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like it could be the c. diff and/or your Crohn's flaring in response to it. I know when I had c diff I had pain like that, which I think was really severe abdominal cramping. Mine got worse and worse and I ended up in the hospital for about a week (I didn't respond well to flagyl), but once the c diff actually started clearing up the pains gradually got less frequent and intense. The most helpful things I found for dealing with the pain (other than prescription pain meds) were long hot baths and keeping a heating pad on my tummy whenever possible.
21 years old, diagnosed with CD at age 18,
First major flare since diagnosis started in Nov. 08. Still recovering and mostly stable, but having trouble tapering Pred.

Current Meds:
Prednisone 12.5 mg, Azathioprine 75 mg (just started 5/03, but think it may be starting to kick in), Asacol, and Rowasa
Plus Vancomycin and Florastor for a recurring case of c diff.


Irishmom4
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 457
   Posted 7/9/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
If the pain/contractions become more constant or you start to vomit you should seek medical help immediately. Bowel obstructions can be very dangerous. When I begin to feel this way I stop eating or go on a liquid diet. Sometimes this will help.If it is a total obstruction (it feels like the end stage of labor and doesn't stop) I head to the hospital ASAP.

Elizabeth
Dx'd with Crohns 1984 and polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, folic acid, and Enalapril, Have been flaring on and off since August.
 
I love my life and everyday I pray that my body cooporates and allows me to do what I have planned.

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