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   Posted 12/28/2009 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a little curious who else has family members with bowel problems. I happen to have a strong family history and, of course, I'm one of the lucky ones.

Maternal grandfather - Colon cancer at age 80
Paternal grandmother - Ulcerative colitis
Paternal aunt - Ulcerative colitis
Father - UC (colectomy in 2000)
Sister - Lymphocytic colitis
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.
Resection December 2009

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   Posted 12/28/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   

My mom has ulcerative colitis, out of 6 kids (I'm the baby) I'm the only one (so far) that has crohn's, who's to say if any of my other siblings still might get an IBD (either CD or UC), even though they are all older than I am, my mom didn't get sick with UC until her mid 60's (after I was already sick with crohn's). Thankfully so far none of my siblings have either and I hope for their sakes it stays that way.


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   Posted 12/28/2009 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
My family consists of people who don't go the doctor until literally the last minutes before we're completely gone. That said, I really feel that there are some missing links that would help very much in understanding why I was diagnosed with this. Even without a proper diagnosis, I CAN tell you that my maternal grandfather would not be able to leave the bathroom sometimes due to stress from his job, and I was exactly the same way pre-2008 concerning other responsibilities. My paternal grandfather has many of the same problems including horrible (and I do mean horrible) problems with heartburn and acid content in general. I believe they would be better were they treated, but they are extremely careful with diet. I believe part of that is to avoid a hospital. My maternal grandmother has arthritis, but I do not think it's anywhere near what one would call RA.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking for Crohn's: Pentasa, omeprazole, Loestrin birth control, and Align probiotics.
Also taking Elmiron and RE Methylphen for Interstitial Cystitis.
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   Posted 12/28/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
No one in my family. Mother,father, 4 sisters, 15 nieces and nephews and 4 great nieces and nephews. I guess I'm the lucky one!!
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.

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   Posted 12/28/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
My paternal aunt also has crohns.... she suffered for many years before she got a diagnosis! I guess things weren't as easy in the 70s
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone & imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin

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   Posted 12/28/2009 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I am in the only one with Crohns and I am the youngest of 5. My Mom always had problems with acid reflux, but that was it. My Mom said she thinks my fathers sister may have had some sort of stomach problems, but in those days they didn't know how to diagnose Crohns. But for 100% sureness, I am the only with diagnosed Crohns. Good luck!
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   Posted 12/28/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm one of four kids and I'm the only one who has crohn's disease.  My great aunt on my mother's father's side had crohn's disease.  I remember my mother telling me she had a permanant ostomy that she had for a long time.  She lives to a ripe old age of 91.  She just died recently due to natural causes not the crohn's.  She once told my mother that getting the bag was the best thing she ever did for her health.  I personally don't agree with that.  I had a temp ileostomy for about three months and I counted every single day until that bag was gone and could go "normally".  Anyway and my grandfather's brother, my great uncle, died a couple of years ago of colon cancer.  So that is the hereditary lines of the disease in my family. 

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   Posted 12/28/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My great uncle on my mother's side has CD in the small bowel. that's all I know of besides me!
Laurenne, 25 Graduate from University of California, Davis. BA-Anthropology
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002. Three abscesses that are now fistulas, with three setons!
On: 6MP, Zoloft, Cimzia (working so well, I'm on Miralax too!), folic acid, b12
Tried: LDN- Did nothing good, Remicade- allergic, Humira- no reaction

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   Posted 12/28/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have some issues in my family. Not much is known about my father's side, but I do know that one of his daughters (my sister from a different mom) has issues with her bowels. My brother is also developing issues and recently told me that he's noticed them for years, so I know something isn't right with his bowels either. My great-grandfather also died from Colon Cancer. Other than that, that's all I know. Very interesting points brought up by other members. Good topic.

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   Posted 12/28/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
No one in my family has a history of stomach problems of any kind that we know of.  I guess I'm just special. =]
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.

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   Posted 12/28/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My dad had ulcerative colitis and a colectomy when he was 19. Other than that, nobody else in our family had issues. My first symptoms were SI joint pain, which both of my sisters have, so I'm really hoping that is not a sign they will get Crohn's.

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   Posted 12/28/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Paternal Great Aunt: Ulcerative Colitis
Maternal Grandfather: Diverticulitis
Me: Crohn's

And that's it. Out of about 38 family members.

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   Posted 12/28/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
My Mom and I were both diagnosed when our first born was a year old, but we both showed signs as children. I have 2 daughters who both show signs but nothing to the point of testing. Holding my breath until they have kids! My Mom's cousin has CD and her son has UC. Their uncle, my great uncle had what was called before he died, TB of the intestine. This was before Dr. Crohn's discovered Crohn's. So a big family history on my maternal side since I don't really have many relatives at all. And just recently, my Father was Dx with AS, so I'm waiting for that shoe to drop too, since that can run in families too and is an auto immune disease. Both my parents were only children and I only have an adopted sister, so biologically I am an only child.

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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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/28/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Father= Diverticulitis
Uncle Moms Side= Celiac
Wife (not blood related)=Infectious Colitis
I am  a 28/M who was diagnosed with crohns in '99 and have had 2 bowel resections (last one was 12/18/09).
I am currently on Remicade, Pentaza, Prevacid, Multi Vitamin and Fish oil.
I tried Imuran in the past with little results.

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   Posted 12/28/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Great Uncle-Diverticulitis
Brother-Multiple Sclerosis
 "Get busy living or get busy dying"
Dx in 2005 with Crohns after a Hysterectomy. Re-section in 2006...came apart so got to do it again! Frequent Kidney stones and Shingles... a new present as of 08-09 Diabetes Type 2. Total of 12 surgerys.
Imran, Asacol, Colestid, Bentyl, Lamotil, Paxil, Nexium, Probiodicts, Vit D, Folic Acid, Lots of Potassium, Fish Oil, up to 6 Immodium a day. Oh, and one Giant Pill holder!

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   Posted 12/28/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
3 of us in my family. We are all cousins, but each of us is in a different generation, all in different degrees of severity. 1 dx when 13, 1 when 30 and me at 42.

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   Posted 12/28/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
My hubby and I made some kinda crazy gene pool... 2 of our 3 kids have crohns, hence the screenname. 1 dx at 10; 1 at 18. Previos to us, only hubby's side had bowel issues, but no crohn's.

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   Posted 12/28/2009 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
My mom diverticulitis.... gma same...i am so far only one out of 4 siblings that hv crohns and neither of my kids do but cait is being checked for irritable bowel..ulcerative colitis....lyn
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   Posted 12/29/2009 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
My dad has crohns and back in the day, they thought it was an issue with his appendix. They opened him up, found a healthy appendix and unhealthy intestine so they cut out 3 ft of intestine. Now that he and his 3 male siblings are all above 50, each one of them ( my aunts got lucky), is diagnosed with crohns. I was diagnosed in my teens and am now in my 20s.

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   Posted 12/29/2009 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   
No official family history; I was the "first" one. My father then insisted that I was a freak, that I most certainly didn't get it from HIS side of the family. He then broke his neck, developed pancreatitis while in the ICU, and they found a ton of inflammation in his colon indicative of IBD while in the process of trying to figure out what was going on.

Not from his side, my foot!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2008 at the age of 22.
Currently taking: Azathioprine, Pentasa, Zofran, Tramadol, Welchol, Promethazine, Ambien, Metoclopramide, Omeprazole, Hyoscyamine

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   Posted 12/29/2009 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm the only one in my family with crohn's. Maternal gma had RA, but no one else had anything similar to CD.

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 12/29/2009 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Same with my mom onedaymore, she got sick with UC a few yrs after I got sick with crohn's and actually had the nerve to fight with my dad and accuse my dad that my sickness had to have come from somewhere on his side of the family cuz no one on my mother's side had such a disgusting illness, yup, she ate her words when she got ill with ulcerative colitis (another form of IBD).


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   Posted 12/29/2009 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Not too surprising that most of you aren't the only ones in your family with an IBD. Thanks for all the replies.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.
Resection December 2009

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