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   Posted 11/8/2009 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering if anyone quit when they found out they had Crohn's and if it helped? I need to quit regardless but I'd love to know if it made a difference for anyone.

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   Posted 11/8/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't smoke anymore. I strongly believe that the smoking brought on my Crohn's in 2005. I was not smoking at first, but I was going through a divorce etc. and was under a lot of stress. I had had some troubles with my insides but nothing that could be diagnosed as it would come and go. Then I foolishly decided to start smoking again after a 10 year break. I only smoked 3 or so a day, but after a couple of months I went into a full on flare, lost 40 pounds and was diagnosed with Crohn's. Without the smoking I would likely not have had such trouble. Maybe it was for the best, since I was diagnosed, but perhaps I would never have gone beyond mild Crohn's. I really hope that you stop smoking, for Crohn's and everything else. Good luck and I'm sure you can do it.
44 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March this year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
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   Posted 11/8/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I started smoking when I was 15 and a half, I was diagnosed with Crohns when I was 16. I never linked the two until a couple years ago.  I stop smoking completely on Sept 8th 2009 (2 months ago today!! go me!), I haven't felt any better.  While I believe smoking brought on my Crohns, stopping smoking hasn't help me at all. My GI said young females who have Crohns and stop smoking have the highest success rate for remission....I guess I missed the boat.

Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings
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   Posted 11/8/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I do smoke and I defiantly want to stop too. The strange thing is one doctor told me that it is sometimes not a good thing to stop if you already have been smoking. I am not really sure why she said that and the only thing I could think is that maybe for people who get constipated smoking will help them move a bowel movement. As for me I haven't had a normal bowel movement in 3 years since I had my son. I have had a lot of diareah and soft bowel movements. I do notice that sometimes when I smoke a cigerette it has me running to the bathroom (not all the time but most of the time). Sometimes even if I smell someone smoking it will make me have to run to the bathroom. I was reading on another site about a man who would only smoke when he was about to leave the house so he could use the bathroom and enjoy his night out. My new doctor did tell me that I should stop smoking, it's just not god for our health and we are already going through so much with crohn's.

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   Posted 11/8/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I smoked for 29 years before I finally quit cold turkey at 11:55 pm on December 31, 1999. It was one of the hardest things I did. But I will tell you when you first quit you get a little worse before you finally get feeling like "yeah this was worth it". I had had my first flare in almost 20 years in April 1999. It got me to researching and educating myself more about Crohns and I found that smoking would increase the chances of your Crohns flaring, so I decided it was time to quit. Lucky for me too, because in January 2002 I completely obstructed and had to have an emergency resection. I was told by the docs that it was a good thing that I quit when I did because if I had continued smoking my Crohns would have reappeared sooner if I had continued smoking.

I have heard though that if you have more large intestinal Crohns (like UC'ers have their disease in large intestine) that smoking helps with the symptoms. I think its actually the nicotine that helps. But for me I would rather use nicotine patches or something instead of the unhealthy smoking. JMHO

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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. 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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   Posted 11/8/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I stop smoking each time I crush one out and then I'm good until I reach for the next one. I really dont see a dif. I had quit for years and started again. Right now I'm in that I dont care mode. Next time I flare I may stop. Aint it a beach.
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   Posted 11/8/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Every time I quit, I seem to flare. Kind of frustrating because I know that I will have to quit eventually. I do think that smoking was one of the things that contributed to me getting Crohn's in the first place though.

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   Posted 11/8/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
According to research, smoking is one KNOWN trigger for crohn's (including second-hand smoke) I too started smoking when I was 14 yrs old, it was probably sometime after that when I started getting the perianal crohn's skin tags but absolutely no other crohn's symptoms...the tags would come and go with no rhyme or reason that to this day I can think all told me they were just hemmies so I didn't have a proper DX of CD at that time so I count 18 yrs of having CD when my disease became active internally in my small and large intestines as well as my rectom.

My CD affects my colon mainly (has for the entire 18yrs that I've been fully sick, I became fully sick internally with it when I was 23 going on 24 and going through a very stressful period in my life), right after I got DX it was my colon and rectom surgeon that told me about smoking aiding inflammation in the colon. Back then he advised me against quitting (rare, I know) but I did eventually quit about 8 yrs ago for about 3 yrs and it really turned my constant flare (never been in full remission, keeping in mind that my CD mainly affects my colon) into a very severe flare, I finally started smoking again (6/day is my max to date since then) and it certainly calmed things down enough to make me decide to just keep on with the 6/day. It hasn't brought the CD back in my my small intestines from starting again and that's usually where smoking affects CDers, in the small intestine. Weird eh, but whatever works I'm sticking with it.

Researchers thought it was the nicotine that aided with inflammation in the colon (they aslo found that often when people quit smoking they developed ulcerative colitis, menaing smoking was keeping their disease at bay) of course that's not a rule written in stone either, many UCers still develop UC even while's also highly suspected those UCers were predisposed to getting UC.

They have recently learned that it's actually the carbon monoxide that aids with inflammation in the colon and apparently are working on a med that mimics this without the harmful effects of smoking.


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omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~

Post Edited (pb4) : 11/8/2009 11:08:39 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/8/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I should have also added, I'm not suggesting anyone smoke, and like with everything else, what works for some doesn't work for all.

bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~

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   Posted 11/8/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not smoke and have never done it.
But I did drink alcohol before begin Dx not much though.
I stopped drinking right away. I thought it was not worth it begin more sick than I already am for some drink.
I would apply the same to smoking.

Smoking is never good for you and people who know the feeling of loosing there health should be more aware of that.
I know it is hard to quit but just keep in mind that you get more sick by smoking and I think no CD patient wants that.
I have also witness people dying of lung cancer from smoking and it is not a pretty sight.

Good luck quitting :)
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   Posted 11/8/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I smoke... The doctor believes it's a cause of more pain then needed. However I started Humira and it has put my crohn's into remission and i haven't quite yet. I will be quieting after i get married in April. After the stress lol.
I also drink but not often, may once every 2-3 months. I can say I drink enough when I do tho (I was a bartender, I can handle my alcohol lol)
Tracy from Montreal,Diagnosed with CD at age 18 but went undiagnosed for 10 years. 17 years with CD, Remicade for 1 year 4 months. Caused remi induced RA, crippled for 8 months
on humira, working for RA but CD is getting worse everyday,been on humira only 4 weeks
Pantasa 8 tabs a day
Provacede 1 daily for the ulcer's
Imuran 1 and half tabs (50mg)
Previous meds: Pantoloc, Predizone, tapered down from 10 pills 8 different times.(horrible side effects),Lots more,list is way to long.
Unable to work last 2 years and counting.Scope says I'm clear of CD,waiting for biopsie. May have Endometrioses, again waiting for another apt.

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   Posted 11/8/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I smoke, and no I shouldn't, but right now my attitude is the same as Snipers, I just don't care anymore. (Sad isn't it)
The only thing I do is only smoke outside, making it harder. As far as the "flare" aspect, I really haven't noticed any
difference. Ah! such is life....

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
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   Posted 11/8/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't smoke, but I once had a nurse tell me that smoking can help people with crohns. I dont think I believe him though.
Diagnosed with Crohns Oct. '07.  Have had 9 abcess/ fistula surgeries.  Colostomy 20 March 2009.
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Synthroid 112mg                          Lexapro 20mg                           Tylenol  50mg
Birth Control                                 Calcium  500mg                         Morphine 40mg
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   Posted 11/8/2009 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to add this interesting fact sheet:

Smoking = bad for Crohn's but strangely good for UC.

*activated your link*

Post Edited By Moderator (Nanners) : 11/9/2009 7:11:54 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/11/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the info everybody! I need to quit and I will. My husband is really on me about it because he thinks it's contributing to my symptoms and he's probably right. I hate how hard it is to makes me feel weak and out of control! Thanks again!

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   Posted 11/13/2009 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
What about cigars and pipes? Those shouldn't be as bad, comparable to second-hand smoke since they're not directly inhaled. Or chewing tobacco? I recently attended an IBD conference and the doctors said they don't think nicotine is the culprit for making CD worse. They did however say that smoking is more detrimental to CD than any of the treatment drugs is beneficial.
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