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NostraHistoria
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   Posted 10/9/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I have asked this question before, because I read somewhere that higher class people get the disease. I am in grad school in Europe. I wanted to get a PhD before, but I have lost interest and because this disease has to be managed better. I want to trade stock in the future though.

What do all of you guys do for a living? I remember there was at least one person here who was physician.

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pimfram
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   Posted 10/9/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Currently wrapping up my summer gig as an entomologist for mosquito control. I have no idea what I'll do after that, but I'll probably be forced to take some crap retail job just for the insurance. But a bio-related job might come up, at least I hope it will.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

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medchrt1
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   Posted 10/9/2009 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
chem engineer here. what is your PhD potentially in?

paintedsongs
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   Posted 10/9/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
School Social Worker

30 Year old Female. Dx with Crohns 2005. Just went med free as of July '09 doing well so far.... Hx: Imuran 50 mg. Had 3 remicade infusions which put me in remission upon dx.

Dx with Pyoderma Gangrenosum Nov '07. Used Prednisone and 3 more infusions to close up the PG.
I do believe everything happens for a reason, but I still am waiting to figure this one out :)


ivy6
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   Posted 10/9/2009 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Another almost-PhD here: am on perpetual sick leave from uni :-)
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yankeespg23
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   Posted 10/9/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   

I don't think Crohn's discriminates between class.

I worked for the U.S Postal service until my Crohn's became more severe. I'm now currently on SS Disability.


34 yr old Male from NYC, DX with Crohn's in oct of 1987
Resection in 1990
Switching to Remicade, Aug 6th. 2009
Entocort 3mg 3 pills each morning.
Currently on Humira pen shots, 40mg weekly. Cipro 2x a day.
Anemic again, Start Iron infusions August 31.


medchrt1
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   Posted 10/9/2009 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   
ohhhh trade stock in the future ..like sit at a desk and get rich, dam shudda thought of that

aoccc
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   Posted 10/10/2009 5:16 AM (GMT -7)   
been there, done that. The stress of trading stock had me flaring constantly.
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional random junk food breaks :)
No meds ever.


MAG102886
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   Posted 10/10/2009 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm a Chocolatier....its not as great as it sounds. If I was actually able to eat the chocolate it would be wonderful....darn you Crohns.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings
Current Meds: Cimzia, Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: Sept 4, 2009 to Take Down Abdominal Fistula!!  (On hold until current flare is under control, boo!)
 

Sloth
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   Posted 10/10/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Just lost my job in cancer research due to a lack of funding...not too depressed over it, to be honest (they lied to me about how much funding they had when they interviewed me). I'm looking for other positions in medical research (preferably IBD research).

I have a Ph.D in Medical Sciences. Was diagnosed with Crohn's in grad school, and it most definitely contributed to the time it took me to complete my dissertation (having a rather unsympathetic advisor did not help).
Diagnosed with Crohn's in April 2003 (first symptoms in 2001).
Current Medications: Imuran 125mg/day, Humira, Vancomycin 2g/day, Phenergan as needed for nausea, Bentyl as needed for cramping (have previously taken Asacol, Entocort, Flagyl, Cipro, and Cortifoam)
Dietary Supplements: Flax seed oil, Folic Acid, B12, Florastor, Glucosamine/Chondroitin, Calcium +D

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Harley Rider
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   Posted 10/10/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been a cabinet builder for the past 23 yrs. When that slows down the company I work for sends me in the field to do construction work. I have been part of build quite a few hospitals and clinics.
Diagnosed with CD in 1986. Have never had to have surgery yet.
Currently taking Pentasa 800 mg daily, Nexium 40mgx2 daily, Dicyclomine 10mg as needed, Simvastatin 80mg daily, low dose Bayer 81 mg, 1500 mg fish oil, and starting on Entocort 9mg.
Have the support of my lovely wife of 30 years who makes sure I stay on the right path.


pillpopper
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   Posted 10/10/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Retail for 36yrs.
Plenty of physical activity.
lot's of not life threatening decisions.
Oh,and the health coverage.
(middle class, crohnie)
B-12injections,Pentasa,Loperamide,Entocort,6mp,Hydrochlorothiazide,8 week
Remicade,vitamin-D,Terbinafine,
Remission since surgery
and 8-week Remicade.


BrandyWine
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   Posted 10/10/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm a Membership Assistant at a ski resort. Definitely not high class! LOL!
This disease will NOT defeat me!

Diagnosed with Crohn's in December, 2004, at the ripe old age of 52. Currently on Remicade and in remission.


vitaka
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   Posted 10/10/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
There certainly is a link between Crohn's and race (i.e., higher incidence among Caucasians and especially Ashke**** Jews), but I am unaware of one between Crohn's and class, unless they are able to confirm a link between it and diet. Alternatively, it could be that there is a perceived link because higher classes are more likely to seek treatment and receive diagnoses than lower classes who cannot afford to go through the process of seeing specialists, being tested, etc.

Anyway, I am a 2nd year PhD student, keeping my fingers crossed that this disease does not slow down my finishing this degree (2 1/2 years left!). I'm in the social sciences and plan to work either in academia or industry as a researcher when I'm done.
29f, PhD student, originally diagnosed with Crohn's in 2/06.
10/09: Prometheus test shows results consistent with UC
Rheumatologist appointment 10/12 to address severe joint pain
Currently taking: 2g Pentasa, 20mg prednisone, 150mg Trazadone, multivitamin, vitamin D, magnesium, probiotics


FitzyK23
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   Posted 10/10/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Im a newly minted lawyer. I think the crohns and class link might have to do w/ our immune systems. Hypothetically, the very poor tend to live in less hygenic conditions. They are exposed to more germs and develop more refined immunes systems. (Like how people and Mexico don't get sick from the water but US tourists do.) People in 1st world countries that live in decent housing conditions and go to decent schools are exposed to less germs. Maybe if our potentially overactive immune systems had something to fight than it would stop attacking the intestines. That is what is behind the worm theory at least.
27 Year old married female lawyer.  Diagnosed w/ CD 5 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For Crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


potatoqwn
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   Posted 10/10/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a teacher.

Zanne
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   Posted 10/10/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a Software Engineer by education, but I hated it by the time I finished up my degree. Lucky for me, I never had to work at it except as my co-op. I worked in the wholesale gift industry for 20 years part-time while raising 2 daughters and now I'm watching a friends kids a few days a week while I decide what I want to be when I grow up. Maybe what I want to be when I grow up is retired!
Suzanne

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.....


Zanne
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   Posted 10/10/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh and I should add, my Mom who also had CD was the daughter of a doctor and was a secretary, so certainly middle class America. Not sure what that says about your class theory.
Suzanne

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.....


Skylardaisy
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   Posted 10/10/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm a registered psychiatric nurse.

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   Posted 10/10/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm a retired bank CEO. IBD forced my retirement in 1999.
Grandpa Dave is 70.
IBD since 1977
Perforation and resection 1993
Diagnosed as Ulcerative Colitis 1994
Received J-Pouch 1997
Diagnosed as Chron's 2004
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Unsucessfully tried LDN 2007
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pb4
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   Posted 10/10/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
The least appreciated/respected "job" in the world...a housewife, but hey my kids have great manners, one has graduated from high school with 7 more credits than she needed to graduate and my son is well on his way too, he's in grade 11...my house is spotless, my family is fed everyday (and healthy food)...before having my kids I used to work with kids and also worked as a secretary for a pipe company (not tobacco pipes, underground pipes), pretty dull but I'm not complaining, I see how SOME (not all) other kids are "raised" when both parents are working (I know not everyone can afford to have one parent at home (often cuz of economy) and that's a shame in itself, so I'm not bashing)...bottom line, pretty dull eh.

:)
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NostraHistoria
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   Posted 10/10/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
aoccc said...
been there, done that. The stress of trading stock had me flaring constantly.


Where did you work? My brother traded euribor but quit. I hope to get a temporary job as soon as I am healthy. I wish Bank of America had some offices for trading here.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Asacol 4 x 3, Flagyl 500mg x 3


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 10/10/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Sloth said...
Just lost my job in cancer research due to a lack of funding...not too depressed over it, to be honest (they lied to me about how much funding they had when they interviewed me). I'm looking for other positions in medical research (preferably IBD research).

I have a Ph.D in Medical Sciences. Was diagnosed with Crohn's in grad school, and it most definitely contributed to the time it took me to complete my dissertation (having a rather unsympathetic advisor did not help).


Develop a good alternative to prednisone, please.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Asacol 4 x 3, Flagyl 500mg x 3


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 10/10/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Dave D said...
I'm a retired bank CEO. IBD forced my retirement in 1999.


One of the big ones? BAC, GS, MS, WFC
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Asacol 4 x 3, Flagyl 500mg x 3


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 10/10/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4 said...
The least appreciated/respected "job" in the world...a housewife, but hey my kids have great manners, one has graduated from high school with 7 more credits than she needed to graduate and my son is well on his way too, he's in grade 11...my house is spotless, my family is fed everyday (and healthy food)...before having my kids I used to work with kids and also worked as a secretary for a pipe company (not tobacco pipes, underground pipes), pretty dull but I'm not complaining, I see how SOME (not all) other kids are "raised" when both parents are working (I know not everyone can afford to have one parent at home (often cuz of economy) and that's a shame in itself, so I'm not bashing)...bottom line, pretty dull eh.

:)


You sound nice. blush
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Asacol 4 x 3, Flagyl 500mg x 3

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