Medical Alert Bracelet??

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   Posted 11/15/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Just curious how many of you wear a medical alert bracelet?  Do you feel it is necessary with IBD?
33 year old female
CD of Terminal Illeum and Rectum Diagnosed 12/04
Unable/Unwilling to use immunosuppressents due to Melanoma history in 2000.
Illeocolonic Resection 1/08  (18 inches of terminal illeum, illeocecal valve, right colon and appendix)
Current Meds: Pentasa, Fosomax, Iron, Vitamin b12 injections, Vicodin as needed, Entocort 9mg for 8wks

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   Posted 11/15/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Nahh...should of had one since a child cuz of the antibiotic alergy...I am carrying around a list of meds and physician contacts in my wallet in case of emergency though. The list also contains when and how high a dose of my prednisone (still taking the stuff) cuz I know that is important too...
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   Posted 11/15/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have one and I wore it for years because of my prednisone use. I have 2 doctors who are adamant that I need to wear it for at least a year after I am off all steroids. I should also have antibiotic allergies on it now, but they are more recent than the bracelet. I don't actually wear the bracelet anymore because it broke and I haven't taken it to be fixed. But I know I should. If I were in any type of accident my body could not produce adrenaline and I would need a cortisone injection but if I were unconscious I couldn't tell the emergency room staff. In my own defense though, I have so many allergies to medications that they would never fit on a bracelet, so what I really need is a service that would keep track of all my current meds and all my allergies.

Like you, I keep a paper in my wallet that has all my records and I keep it updated. Hopefully that will be enough.

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.....

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   Posted 11/15/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
You can get a bracelet that just has a compartment for a piece of paper with your info on it. Ask your drug store about it.

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   Posted 11/15/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I do the same as undone...
A list of Dr.'s and their phone numbers.
A list of med's.
You'd be surprised how little you remember, when you are with little sleep,and a lot of pain.
B-12injections,Pentasa,Loperamide,Entocort,6mp,Hydrochlorothiazide,8 week
Remicade,vitamin-D,Fluconazole.More over the counter vitamin-D. Remission since surgery and 5-years, of 8-week Remicade.

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   Posted 11/15/2009 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I never thought about wearing one until I was put on coumadin. I'm on it for only 6 months and got one for a little over $20. I carry a list of meds in my wallet, but I could recite (very easily) my medicines if asked. My doctor's numbers are all in my cell phone also, so all I'd have to do is hand over my phone and they'd know what dr's I see. Like pillpopper said though, with little sleep and if I've taken pain meds, I forget a lot.

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12, Coumadin

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   Posted 11/16/2009 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
That reminds me - ICE - emergency responders should know that accronym. In Case of Emergency = ICE - it is a cell phone number that is to be dialed if you are incapacitated as in a car accident or unconsciousness. It is not the same as a medic alert, but it could be more useful in an emergency.

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   Posted 11/16/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi yes I wear a medic-alert braclet. I think its is a good thing to wear.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,,Celebrex and Humira. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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   Posted 11/17/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I wear a Medicalert bracelet when I am traveling or going anywhere alone. I have been told by medical personnel that a piece of paper in your wallet is not going to work. They will not look in your wallet that closely. I will wear it until a year after the last time I took prednisone, so that if I am in an accident or taken into emergency they know to give me prednisone there to prevent shock etc. The bracelet says that I have Crohn's and lists prednisone as a medication. It has some abbreviation which means ask the patient about the prednisone dose. It also lists a number to call and I can update all my medications on the phone or online with the service so they will give the medical personnel all the details when they call.

There are all kinds of bracelet and necklace designs, so even though I got the basic version, you can get a really nice one that does the job and looks pretty.
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.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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