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cbk
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   Posted 9/22/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
After I injected my methotrexate and pulled the needle out, a lot of blood came out. I hit a blood vessel, but didn't realize it until I pulled the needle out. Is this dangerous? I'm afraid the methotrexate will be in my bloodstream.
22 Female, currently on MTX. Previously on Imuran, Remicade, Pentasa, etc. Ileocolic resection in 2006.


poohbear37
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   Posted 9/22/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
you should call your doctor

I know for my injections i was taught to pull back on the syringe a little before injecting to see if i had hit a vessel, but the nurse said in nearly never happens!

goodluck :-)
Crohn's Disease - re-diagnosed June 2009
Ulcerative Colitis - diagnosed in 2000

26 years old/female
Asacol, Cymbalta, Nexium, Cipro, 40mg prednisone...

Bad reactions to: remicade, lialda & 6mp


pezdog
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   Posted 12/27/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello CBK---Hope all is well with your injecting problem. I am curious---did they remove your Ileum? How did the imuran work for you? Pentassa?
16 year old male. Symptoms since 12 years old and diagnosed with Crohns disease last year.
Imuran 100mg, Protonix 400mg, Prednisone 30 mg.
6000IU fish oil, 6-10,000 IU vitamin D, Acidophilus 11Billion count, multivitamin, 150 mg Iron (slo Fe)
 
Somebody help me!


cbk
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   Posted 12/27/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi-

Imuran and Pentasa worked well for me for about a year before I additionally needed Remicade. At that point, I dropped the Pentasa. I had surgery a few years ago after the Remicade stopped its magic. They did remove my ileum. I haven't had a severe flare up since, but I can't take Remicade anymore and I no longer respond to Imuran. So, now I'm on to methotrexate.

I see you're only on 30 mg of Prednisone, which is relatively low for someone who is recently diagnosed. Pentasa and Imuran are good drugs to also start you out on, and eventually you can probably drop the Prednisone. It's more common now for doctors to start patients on Imuran or 6 MP instead of toying with Prednisone and Pentasa alone.

Are you nervous about needing surgery or some of the medications you're on?
22 Female, currently on MTX. Previously on Imuran, Remicade, Pentasa, etc. Ileocolic resection in 2006.


pezdog
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   Posted 12/27/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I started on 40 mg of pred. I am off it completely now. I was on it for a month. My chest and back broke out severely and that is just about healed. o you have an ileostomy? How many mg of MTX are you on? My granpa takes it for RA. Any side affects from mtx? Pentassa does not work once they know it is in your ileum. Pentassa is only proven for upper intestine problems. I am worried about getting an ileostomy.
Noah
16 year old male. Symptoms since 12 years old and diagnosed with Crohns disease last year.
Imuran 100mg, Protonix 400mg, IV antibiotics-Gentamyacin and Joysyn
6000IU fish oil, 6-10,000 IU vitamin D, Acidophilus 11Billion count, multivitamin, 150 mg Iron (slo Fe)
 
Somebody help me!


cbk
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   Posted 12/27/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have an ileostomy. The vast majority of surgeries, especially for removal of the ileum, do not require an ileostomy. Cases that might involve removing part of the large intestine or if you're so severe during the surgery, the surgeon opts to do it to give your intestines the chance to heal.

It sounds like your disease is primarily in the small intestine. Now don't hold me to it, but I highly highly highly doubt you'll need one, especially if you go to an excellent surgeon.

I do 25 mg of MTX a week. Only real side effect I have is fatigue, no major issues though. MTX is probably not on the table for you just yet, may wait until you're older.
22 Female, currently on MTX. Previously on Imuran, Remicade, Pentasa, etc. Ileocolic resection in 2006.


pezdog
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   Posted 12/27/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Mtx is a mild form of chemo. They use to use it to trat cancer patients. Do you have joint pain? Did you have a temporary ileostomy? After they removed your ileum how long did you go without a flare or problems?
16 year old male. Symptoms since 12 years old and diagnosed with Crohns disease last year.
Imuran 100mg, Protonix 400mg, IV antibiotics-Gentamyacin and Joysyn
6000IU fish oil, 6-10,000 IU vitamin D, Acidophilus 11Billion count, multivitamin, 150 mg Iron (slo Fe)
 
Somebody help me!


cbk
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   Posted 12/27/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I sometimes get what they call "Crohn's arthritis", but the MTX keeps that in check. MTX is used for Crohn's when other drugs aren't effective anymore.

I didn't have a temporary ileostomy. I only lasted about 4 months without a flare, but I have a pretty aggressive form that basically hasn't been put in remission since I was diagnosed.

Some people flare quite early after a surgery, some a few years later, and some many years later.

That being said, the flares I have now are no where near the level of pain that I used to have. It's worth it.
22 Female, currently on MTX. Previously on Imuran, Remicade, Pentasa, etc. Ileocolic resection in 2006.


pezdog
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   Posted 12/27/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
cbk---can u go to the chat room?
16 year old male. Symptoms since 12 years old and diagnosed with Crohns disease last year.
Imuran 100mg, Protonix 400mg, IV antibiotics-Gentamyacin and Joysyn
6000IU fish oil, 6-10,000 IU vitamin D, Acidophilus 11Billion count, multivitamin, 150 mg Iron (slo Fe)
 
Somebody help me!


Grandpato2
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   Posted 12/27/2009 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I had the last 14" of my small intestine out in 2002 and had only 5 months of remission. No Ileostomy was needed. and finally yes joint pain especially in my hands and wrists get really bad. Once I started Remicade 2 years ago the joint pain was gone for 6 weeks then returned progressively until my next dose at 8 weeks.
Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal illeum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Resected gall bladder Dec 2009. Crohn's has been active since early 2003. Currently on 5-asa Salofalk ,Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control.


MAG102886
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   Posted 12/27/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Metho and never had blood come out of the injection site, only a small amount of the medicine. Where do you do your injections, in your upper arm?
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 23 years old now.
Surgeries:3 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings, Fistula Repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: None.
 

cbk
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   Posted 12/27/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
i do them in my thigh area, i'm not coordinated enough to do the arm. this happened only once.

how do you like mtx? how long have you been on it?
22 Female, currently on MTX. Previously on Imuran, Remicade, Pentasa, etc. Ileocolic resection in 2006.


MAG102886
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   Posted 12/27/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on it for about 4 months now. I hasn't helped my Crohns at all...no side effects though, my GI wants to start a Cimiza and Metho combo soon.

Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 23 years old now.
Surgeries:3 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings, Fistula Repair
Current Meds: Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: None.
 

Wolfie40
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   Posted 12/28/2009 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I had 18" of small intestine removed in Feb 09 and continued Asacol until now. I just had a Colonscopy and my disease has returned in just 10 months. I should have listened to my doctor and went on Metho or Imuran, maybe things would have been different. Next step now is to start Humira. I sure hope it works.

Good luck with the Metho.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

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

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


asc58
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   Posted 12/28/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I also give myself metho shots. And I once had bleeding at the injection site. Doesn't hurt a thing.
Crohn's in the ileum for the last 35 yrs.  3 ressections, numerous attempts at fistulae repairs, a battle with C Diff (that was bad), while recouping from C Diff, I had two PE's. Doing good now.
RX: Methotrexate, Zoloft.
 
 

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