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Bammer
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 1/2/2010 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Daf,
Just welcoming you to the forum as your first post was a reply on another post.
I was not diagnosed until I was 55 and had only had a few symptoms previous to that.
You will learn a lot very quickly and find the people on here very helpful and supportive.
 
I would be interested to know what happened between the ages of 15 and 52 and what medical help you were getting?
 
Colleen
 
 
57 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.
Lap assisted sigmoidoscopy done May 11/2009


DaveF
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 1112
   Posted 1/3/2010 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Colleen
First thanks for the welcome. I appreciate your kind thoughts.

When I was young I had strong stomach pains. I went to the GP at 15. I had a bunch of tests with a result of everything is fine. At 30 years I went to a Gastro and after a number of tests I was diaganosed with IBS and told to eat more fiber and stop milk. Virtually for more my entire life I have experinced stomach pains, d, ...... I have not had medical help, I have just lived with "bad guts".

I was getting my 50 yr old preventative colonoscopy (yes I am a little late) when the Doc started pushing on my gut as a pre test. When I told her if she did not stop I would punch her (just teasing) I was sent for a CT to rule out C and the result was a diaganosis. I am going for more pictures on Monday then the colonoscopy (I hope) for final diaganosis.

As part of the info the doc wants to set up a treatment plan, she perscribed Pentasa. I wonder if anyone can tell me how fast I should see results. After 3 or 4 days I would say I am feeling tired and not much improvement in my guts. Is this normal?

Also, I am on Kapidex. Any feedback on this would be appreciated.

Also, went for a physical and blood came back with lack of viteam D. Which is odd since I bike ride and outside a lot. I am on 50,000 units for 3 months.


I know my symptons are not as bad as many on this site so i feel a bit like a wimp.

I know my head must turn around, and should, but right now I feel a little freaked and your support is warmining.

Thank you

David

Bammer
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 381
   Posted 1/3/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   

David, you should read Nanners post on New Members and officially introduce yourself, then people can answer your questions. I am always amazed at the quick responses.

I had some problems with diarrhea and urgency maybe 25 - 30 years ago, went to a GI, think I had a rigid sigmoidoscopy and drank the barium. That's all I remember. Nothing came of it and can't find medical reports from then. This passed and didn't have any problems, even considered the healthy one, until I was 55.

Had my first colonoscopy then and immediately admitted to the hospital (they thought I had colon cancer) more tests and diagnosis of Crohn's within the week. Had a stricture in the sigmoid colon so it had obviously been there awhile with no usual symptoms. More tests, more doctors and eventually resection.

I consider myself fortunate that I feel so well and at times felt quilty for posting on here but members are so helpful and there were hundreds of questions as this all came as a shock. Meds are very scary as well as the thought of surgery. So ask away and you may want to start a new post for specific questions.

Best of luck with your tests and keep us posted.


57 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.
Lap assisted sigmoidoscopy done May 11/2009


Bammer
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 381
   Posted 1/3/2010 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   

PS. I haven't had much experience with many meds so can't answer your questions but there are a lot of members that can.

My cousin who is a doctor and who also has Crohn's is a strong advocate for Vitamin D and there were  posts recently about that.  Also you can search specific meds on the forum.


57 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.
Lap assisted sigmoidoscopy done May 11/2009


DaveF
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 1112
   Posted 1/7/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much for your response and insight.
I will make a proper introtuction as per your input.
David
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