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Nanners
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   Posted 8/16/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
confused   I am in the middle of being dx with fibromyalgia and RA possibly.. My primary isn't sure about it, but my iron is low and my ccp is high. Anyway, She is going to make me get a colonoscopy... I have had diarrehia for many years. MY stomach problems started when i was 16. I am now 46. I had my gallbladder removed in my 30's. I assumed it was from that. We shall see I guess. smhair cry But i never had one, I am abit scared but i will make it!!

How were all of you dx'd? Laura
 
 
 
 
*I created your own post, so you wouldn't get buried in Doc's post*

Nanners
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   Posted 8/16/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Gonuts,

And welcome to the Crohns forum. I moved your post here so you could get more responses, as you will just get buried in Doc's post and not get any responses.

To respond to your question, I was diagnosed at 18 after I had a colonoscopy. Some people have to have many tests before a diagnosis is made, but I think most are diagnosed by a colonoscopy.

Hope that helps.

Gail*Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Keeper
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   Posted 8/16/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Me too. Colonoscopy and biopsy is the gold standard for Crohn's diagnosis. Your history sounds very suspicious. Even gallbladder problems can be caused by Crohn's.

gonuts
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   Posted 8/16/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
confused Wow, I always have had stomach problems since 16. But never would have thought of chrons. I am really getting scared though. thyroid,gallbladder, fibro and now RA. and i have to ask wednesday if they are positive of this.. I'm so scared this is never going to end. None of the drugs i am taking agree with me for the RA. I now really am having ibs symtoms.
Would the lyrica and plaquinil be causing the ibs to be worse than ever.???? shocked turn

I'm getting impatient: but i know all of you have gone through this already!! I just seem like there is no end in sight yet cry

Thank you for your help: I pray all will be ok. And they figure out what really is the problem. rolleyes

Laura
Cervical spine surgery 2004, C-section 1986, Cholecystectomy 1999, Thoracic and Lumbar injury 2000. Anxiety/depression 2008. Fibromyalgia 2009, Thyroidectomy 2008. Degenerative disc disease. IBS. Asthma, Rheumitoid Arthritis, Sacroillitis, Scolylosis, disc bulge in L5/S1. Meds: Lisinophil, xoponex, symbocort, pulmocort, troponal, vitamin 2000 D, Vitamin B complex, Hydrocodone, Tylonal Arthritis, Cymbalta.


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   Posted 8/16/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Dunno about that...but I think that taking hydrocodone on top of any type of tylenol is a big no no. It has to do with the amount of damage your liver can take. Double check with your doc.

Meanwhile, I had to have 3 surgeries wherein for EACH blessed one, they gave me an upper and lower GI scope. I took the camera pill too; they were always looking for Crohns (all of which came up negative) and all in three months from last week of May to the 3rd week of August. Fast forward five years and surprise, I'm sick again only this time its pancreatitis, then gallbladder disease, then with much copious vomiting; ER room and emergency surgery. I came out of that one to hear I had Crohns. Which I very blearily told the dr. telling me this that they needed to recheck their tests since I'd already been tested for that many times before and it was always negative (dude told me when I was finally coming up from about a week of noooooooo memory...erm, lots and LOTS of pain meds apparently). I didn't believe them when they told me twice more. Then, the GI came in and said he'd done the diagnosis and what was so hard to believe?

Hehe...It can take the longest while for some folks was the fibro fogginess of the story I was trying to work toward. I mean sheesh...doctor's are stupid.
27/f/CD. 4 CD related surgeries: 2 resections, 2 JP drains, 3 NG tubes, many absesses (including the one my most recent surgery scraped off my ovary) and fistulas.
Have lost in these surgeries: appendix, 8 in. intestine, R fallopian tube, gallbladder, 10 in. intestine
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Sniper
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   Posted 8/16/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Camera colonoscopy because doc could not turn the zigs and zags of my old gut with a scope.
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Keeper
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   Posted 8/17/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
With all the back problems, it almost sounds like AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis). It is treated much the same way as Crohn's and some think that it has the same cause. There is a similar problem that is caused by Crohn's disease, so you can have both together. A form of RA can also result from Crohn's and getting the CD under control will relieve the RA. Anyway, I hope you get a real diagnosis soon.

gonuts
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   Posted 8/17/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
turn confused My goodness, this is so much to take in...it seems it you have autoimmune disease your destine to get something else besides the one thing you have. I just want this diagnosis of RA if for sure it is. See what the CD is all about and deal with the fibromyalgia. Which is what i thought was the only thing i had. Bam!! Now their looking into more stuff. It seems like a never ending cycle with this. cry

Well, ty so much for all you advice, as usual you guys are all wonderful, I don't know what i would do without you all blush

Take care and I will give the details as soon as i know. Laura wink
Cervical spine surgery 2004, C-section 1986, Cholecystectomy 1999, Thoracic and Lumbar injury 2000. Anxiety/depression 2008. Fibromyalgia 2009, Thyroidectomy 2008. Degenerative disc disease. IBS. Asthma, Rheumitoid Arthritis, Sacroillitis, Scolylosis, disc bulge in L5/S1. Meds: Lisinophil, xoponex, symbocort, pulmocort, troponal, vitamin 2000 D, Vitamin B complex, Hydrocodone, Tylonal Arthritis, Cymbalta.

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