Urinary Complications from Crohn's Disease

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   Posted 2/28/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Several times, usually during Crohn's flares or when sick with the flu, I've had hematuria. Over the past year, I've also had more issues with needing to go to the bathroom more frequently even if my bladder is not full. Sometimes white blood cells are present, other times they are not. During flares, I'll also get a dull pain in my flank region. My doctor believes that I might have "slush" in my kidneys or perhaps a fistula that has connected to my bladder. Cipro helps a lot during these periods when I constantly have to go.
How many of you, especially you fellow ladies, have developed urinary symptoms along with your Crohn's? Anyone else have hematuria? An idiot ER doctor once suggested that it's a sign of kidney disease, which is true, but at the same time everything is always traceable back to the Crohn's. I'm really not in the mood to go get tests done unless something quite wrong becomes apparent, just want to confirm that this sort of thing happens to other Crohn's patients.
22 Female, currently on MTX. Previously on Imuran, Remicade, Pentasa, etc. Ileocolic resection in 2006.

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   Posted 2/28/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I had that once, long before crohn's, when I had a bladder infection. The urge to urinate was quickly joined by a burning pain. If you don't have the pain, I don't know what it is but someone else here might be of more help. I hope it clears up soon.

I feel a whole lot more the way I do now than I did a little while ago.
Crohn's Dx April 2006. Pentasa and Entocort EC

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   Posted 2/28/2010 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My hematuria ended up being a rather large kidney stone. The Dr told people with Crohn's are more prone to them as we are often dehydrated. Good luck, keep us posted.
 RIP my beloved Chihuahua: Roxy
DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E, Pentasa.    

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   Posted 2/28/2010 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have chronic urinary retention and have had 2 surgeries to make cuts in the muscles around my urethra because I have to pee ALL THE TIME because I don't fully empty my bladder. It's incredibly annoying. I don't know if it's related to Crohn's or not. A lot of anti-diarrheals actually make my bladder problems worse, so I don't know if they are related.
28 Year old Female
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Recent possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Tried Meds: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Rowasa Enemas, VSL #3 DS.
Currently on: 25mg Prednisone (Tapering SLOWLY from 60), 125mg Imuran, Psyllium Seed Powder, Colocort Enemas, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D/Calcium, Align Probiotic, Vesicare (for urinary retention). 

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