can CD get "better" with age?

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 9/15/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Been awhile!!!!  I was wondering if anyone of the "ole" folks here ever noticed that their Cd may improve as they get older?  my symptoms  ( the D) are better so I was wondering.  Still get pain etc tho.
 My iron is still really low. My last Blood test showed hemoglobin of 9.2 and hemotacrit of 28.  I was just wondering? 

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 9/15/2009 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure if its gotten better as I have gotten older, or if its just changed the way it effects me. Or maybe in the way I deal with it. But I suffer with more joint issues now, than gut issues, although somedays its an all out competition between the two. I sure hope that its gets better within time:)
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 9/15/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
My experience over time has been fewer and briefer flares. My GI has told me that some -- some -- CD patients do experience a dimunition of symptoms as they get older, but he suggests that this may be the result of finally arriving at the right combination of meds to more effectively induce long term remission. However, if in fact Crohns is at least partly the result of an overactive immune syster, it makes sense that as we age and our immune system naturally deteriorates (along with all the rest of us) the overacting part would also tone down some. Bottom line seems to be that as with every other aspect of this disease, it is your individual case, rather than some suggested norm, that is the real determining factor. But in my case, as noted, I would say that once I passed 50 the severity of symptoms (and visual signs on scopes) decreased by about half.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 9/15/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
mine seems to get worse...and every became more vicious


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