Does anyone else flare up same time every year??

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   Posted 1/16/2010 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Well its right after Christmas and im back on prednisone. The pain is back so the only thing that puts me in remission is the Pred.
I usually have to start at 30Mg and wean down for 2 months and then i am fine with no pain after eating and can eat almost anything with no problem except Chinese foods, Broccoli and steak. I seem to have no problem until next December. Does anyone else follow this pattern??
The only pains i have during the year is joint pain from the Ped and getting old. I talked to my doctor and he seems to have quite a few patients who flare in the fall.

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Post Edited (vid53) : 1/17/2010 10:16:53 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/16/2010 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My flares always occurred in Feb or March. My physician at the time said it may be related to changes in diet in the wintertime, increases in stress around the holidays and changes in activity level. I know many other people with crohn's who have this experience. Good luck on your meds.
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   Posted 1/17/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't so much flare during December but I get alot of increased stress and anxiety. It just gets to be a very stressful time for me for lots of personal reasons.
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   Posted 1/17/2010 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here nanners, this year was another write off for me flared for 9 days straight together with a nasty mouth ulcer. Looking back I wonder if I should have gone to A @ E and got put on a drip. I did electrolytes at home, and OH took our presents over to our son's place and made our apologies about not being able to make it.

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   Posted 1/17/2010 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had 3 major flares about 4 years apart. . . all starting around Oct/Nov. I was thinking the same thing during this last flare, that I've developed a pattern.
35 year old Female

Entocort EC 9mg per day and Remicade

Tried Remicade 2 yrs ago for about a year and a half and loved it, got off it due to costs, tried Humira and it just didn't work for me so now back on Remicade.

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   Posted 1/17/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Good question. Mine is always Spring. and goes into the summer. My neice and I flare the same time Spring. My daughter is getting married in March!! already a little anxious!
Diagnosed with CD 3 years ago.  Refused to take meds until recently started Colazal. 
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   Posted 1/17/2010 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
My worse problems are always in March, which I don't know why. I also have some problems in early October, which I attribute to starting the school year as a teacher and as a mum.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last 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, Nexium, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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   Posted 1/17/2010 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I seem to always flare in August, and it persists through the rest of the fall.
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 1/29/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
For years I had partial or full obstructions at least twice a year. One was simetime between late May and early July and the other was November-December. My surgeon and I talked about it and he said he thinks there must be an environmental factor that influences Crohn's because he has multiple patients that follow the same pattern of obstructions.

Once I switched to Humira, I haven't had an obstruction! (going on almost 2 years now...knock on wood!)

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
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   Posted 1/29/2010 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Not every year, but flares have only started Oct-Dec for me.
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