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jeanneac
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   Posted 11/14/2009 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
My left side has been hurting for a couple of weeks now. I think my colazal is not working anymore. Last night was a bad night for pain and now today, I have a lot of pain and fever. I am wondering if I should start on antibiotics? I think I am going to do so. I had a very small bm this morning like a small pebble with mucus and blood. I have an apt with my doctor's nurse practitioner on wednesday.  What do you think?? I know IBD can give you fevers. Doesn't that mean you need an antibiotic? What worries me is that I also have diverticuli and they could be infected. Sigh..... cry
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma & IBS, low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, lisinopril, progesterone, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, zoloft, wellbutrin, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel
 


Nanners
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 11/14/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Can you contact your doctors off hours and ask them what you should do? If you get feeling any worse, I would suggest you go to the ER if you can't contact your doctors. Good luck!
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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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jeanneac
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 11/14/2009 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Gail. I was thinking of calling my doctor's office too. I took something for pain and fever and seem to be feeling better. I also am able to now pass some stool. Before, it was smaller that what my chihuahua puts out! I took some extra probiotics too. I ran out of VSL #3 a while back and am wondering if that is why I am having such a difficult time these past few weeks!! I called my pharmacy and they will have some for me on Monday. I just want to avoid antibiotics at all costs. I appreciate your response very much. Thank you again.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma & IBS, low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, lisinopril, progesterone, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, zoloft, wellbutrin, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel
 


Carnival Huckster
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 159
   Posted 11/14/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Gail. I wouldn't start antibiotics without first having your doctors run some blood tests to see if you even have an infection. Antibiotics kill bad becteria in your gut, but they also kill the good becteria, which can be a disaster for CD patients (or anyone for that matter.)

+ 34 year old male
+ Crohn's Disease DX in 1997, doc said it was "moderate to severe"
+ Currently taking 9mg entocort and 40mg prozac
+ SCD for past 10 years
+ 4,000 mg MSM, Calcium, Vitamin D, Multivitamin, S. boulardii, Acidophilus
+ Section in lower jejunum is badly strictured (5mm wide opening continues for 10cm!) but otherwise no other problems in bowel
+ No surgeries so far


BeeSting
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/14/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I think that by using antibiotics we may experience candida overgrowth. If this happens, it often leads to increased diarrhea. It's a vicious cycle.

Carnival Huckster, I too have Crohns in lower jejunum. Do you know that having Crohns in this part is not to common? Diarrhea will not be our biggest problem, but we'll risk a lot of obstructions. I think only 10 % have Crohns in distal (lower) jejunum. Narrowings because of inflammations is my problem, but I keep the inflammation away by using LDN and home made yogurts. /Bee
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