This isn't a good sign, is it? (I'm 1.5 months from resection surgery)

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Aimee =)
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   Posted 3/25/2010 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
My joints (knees) have been hurting for about a week... but I thought maybe I just did something to aggravate them. But yesterday, I noticed I have not 1 but 3 genital sores that came up. That's my #1 sign that I'm about to flare.
The GI told me that even with the resection, I may see my disease manifest itself in other ways - joints, sores, etc. Can you get that sort of stuff without intestional activity?
I am not on maintenance meds yet - I see him next week to get that script.
Is this normal to have manifestations so soon after surgery? Is this a sign that I won't reach longterm remission? Or can a maintenance med keep that sort of stuff at bay?
I'm really discouraged. I feel like I've finally reached a point where I thought the surgery was worth it (it was not pleasant) and now I'm seeing signs of disease activity again.

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   Posted 3/25/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I would try and contact your GI to get that prescription sooner than your appt. Or get you on something so it doesn't progress. Hope you get feeling better
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   Posted 3/25/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you are seeing signs so soon. I would give your doctor a call and see if you can get in to see them sooner. I had symptoms come back quickly after one of my resections too, so I have been there and I know how disappointing it can be. If you get on some medication you may be able to stop things in its track.

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   Posted 3/26/2010 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
It's odd he hasn't put you on maintenance meds yet. I restarted Pentasa as soon as I was home from the hospital. I'd call and see if I could get a script tomorrow.

Hope you feel better!
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   Posted 3/26/2010 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with all the above, don't wait, go ahead and call the doc and let him know whats going on. I also agree in asking him for maintainence meds, they might help to slow things down quickly for you. Hugs!
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   Posted 3/26/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I had symptoms right after surgery too and a few short months later we could see new crohn's disease where they did the surgery in my TI.
No way to tell for sure but I sometimes wonder if cders get sick so soon because the surgeon left some cd in there, even microscopic cd.

Aimee =)
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   Posted 3/26/2010 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, all. He is out of the office today but I will call first thing Monday morning.

His original thought was to give my body 6 weeks without maintenance meds because he says they slow down healing. He did keep me on 5mg prednisone, but I typically don't see much change from steroids unless they are high doses so I doubt it's doing a bit of good.

He also said he's going to scope me 4-6 months from surgery point since the surgery showed how fast moving my disease was (which we didn't realize). I'll see if he feels like we need to go in earlier than that.

Surgeon said pathology reports said the edges were "clean" and he was confident he got it all. I really don't understand it all.

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   Posted 3/26/2010 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
LET us know what doc says kk
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