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What A Life
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
In a discussion the other day; a lot of us said smoking was the "trigger" for your CD. I was just wondering if anybody quit smoking after their Dx or still smokes? I find myself smoking socially. I've been trying to quit for a long time, but have trouble kicking the habit when every one of my friends is a smoker.
28 Y/O Male DXed Crohns in 2000.
Fistulotomy/Fistulectomy 2001
Been on many meds including Remicade.
Asacol and Pentasa on a when-needed basis as of recent
Current regimen: Diet and Exercise.


MAG102886
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I started smoking when I was 16, I was diagnosed at 16 and a half and ended up in the ER having an emergency resection. No doubt in my mind smoking triggered my Crohns.  I stopped smoking sept 2009, with the help of Welbutrin.  I have one every once in a while, usually if I'm at a bar (which rarely happens).  My bestfriend was a huge chain smoker, I no longer hang out with her.  My health is more important to me at this point.
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.
 

lamb61
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   Posted 4/7/2010 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I quit 20 years ago, but I do think there was some connection along with multiple others. I still get a craving now & then too.
 


grayeyedblonde
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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed at 14 but had been having sypmtoms since I was 12. I didn't start smoking til I was 18 although my mom smoked around me. For me personally, I have always felt it was the onset of puberty that caused my crohn's to kick in. That's just my opinion tho...
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 14. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal. 
Dr. wants to try Humira...STILL waiting on that! Not sure what is taking so long...
Currently just take a probiotic, a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, and fish oil. I also take Tramadol 50 mg and Klonopin (for anxiety) as needed.
 
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Nanners
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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I smoked for the first 25 years of my life with Crohns. I quit 10 years ago when I found out it triggers flares and I had just had my first flare in 20 years.
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in the long process of quitting
i have smoked for over 40 plus yrs

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What A Life
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   Posted 4/7/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Smoking is so bad for us; but it helps me cope sometimes.. Just to step outside and have one relaxes me.. Helps my anxiety and stress. Guess I need to find something else to calm me down as all previous attempts of quitting have failed.
28 Y/O Male DXed Crohns in 2000.
Fistulotomy/Fistulectomy 2001
Been on many meds including Remicade.
Asacol and Pentasa on a when-needed basis as of recent
Current regimen: Diet and Exercise.


MAG102886
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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I've found that going to the gym is a HUGE stress reliever for me!  While I'm at work I have 2 breaks and a lunch.  I used to go outside and smoke on all my breaks, but now I eat a peice of fruit, or walk the parking lot 2-3 times.  I find that after a long stressful day when all I want to do is ring the neck of the next person who walks by, instead I go to the gym and take out my frustration on the treadmill, or a bike, or even swim laps in the pool.  I set goals for myself, I make sure I go to the gym at LEAST 3 days a week.  Even if I'm feeling weak and tired, I always feel better even if I just go in for 10 mins and walk a lap or 2.  If you can't go to the gym, you can walk around outside, do sit-ups or push-ups.  I found that once I started reaching my goals I knew I physically wouldn't have been able to do it if I were still smoking, and that keeps me away from the cigs, along with the help of Welbutrin I can't say for sure that it was the reason I quit, but even if it's in my head at least it's working.
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.
 

GDen
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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
One conference I was at a gastro said that smoking has a greater negative impact than any drug we can take has a beneficial effect. But for UC, smoking actually helps symptoms.

As for myself, I have a cigar once in a while and don't notice any increase in symptoms.
Cimzia, Asacol


ALgirl
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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I quit soon after I was diagnosed. 
Diagnosed w/ Crohn's 2010
Current meds: Pentasa, prednisone taper


artist guy
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   Posted 4/7/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I quit in 1992, and soon after I quit, my crohns moved into my esophogus, throat and cankersores and now leasions on my tongue, so smoking kept my cd at bay, all hell broke loose when I gave up that part, I think it correlates, the action of smoking and stress. I'm still glad I quit for sure, smoking causes so much other health related issues

artist guy


Grandpato2
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   Posted 4/7/2010 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I started at 14, crohn's (undiagnosed) at 15. Quit 15 months ago, age 54.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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