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brit tuck
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 143
   Posted 6/13/2010 12:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. Not to say I didn't miss you guys, but my time away from this site while I was feeling better was oh so nice. But over the past few months the symptoms have slowly but surely been returning. And I've even got a few new ones to boot. Of course the problem with me is that they believe I have IBS on top of having Crohn's (and Endometriosis...). It also just happens to be right when I'm studying for the Bar Exam, so that does nothing great for my stress level. It also makes it so my family thinks it's just the stress causing this flare and not the Crohn's. So to figure out what's going on I get to have my sixth colonoscopy at the ripe age of 26 in a week. And I timed it so that I only have to miss one day of bar prep.

So that's my update. Hope you are all well. And I hope I can get this figured out soon. I am more annoyed than anything by my not feeling well and being exhausted again. I have enough going on with the bar study and I don't like things that interfere with my yoga time either... :)

Zanne
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 3763
   Posted 6/13/2010 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry you have to be back, but I hope that you can get things figured out soon so that you can get back to living your life without CD throwing a monkey wrench into the mix.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


mtgman
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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 1289
   Posted 6/13/2010 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
sorry you're not geeling well. i think stree is definitely a trigger...i worked for a wall st. firm and when that whole deal blew up 2 years ago my current flare began...it's been a rough 2 years...hope you get past it soon and good luck with the Bar!
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.


Nanners
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 6/13/2010 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Brit sorry to hear you are having symptoms again. I find when I have alot of stress for a long period of time, that it can sometimes trigger a flare. Hopefully they can get things quieted down quickly and you are feeling better soon. Hugs!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease 
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!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

huckleberry
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 317
   Posted 6/13/2010 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brit, Sorry you're back but welcome.

I was also dx in 2007 and was away for awhile (I have a post from last week "flaring after 2 years..." with my story).

Flaring now and stress may be part of it -- but also my own stupidity for going off meds and getting careless on diet

Live and learn!

Hope your procedure goes well and you're feeling better soon
Official dx September 2007.
currently flaring (June 2010) with colitis
Medications: Pentasa, Omeprazole, Prednisone, 6MP
History of hypothyroid (dx 2004, take Levoxyl), and gall bladder surgery (1997).
47 years old; single mom to three wonderful kids, ages 12 to 18.


brit tuck
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 143
   Posted 6/13/2010 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone! I know I've heard about stress being a trigger, but my family tends to think it's stress only causing this and as soon as I get a handle on the stress the flare will mysteriously disappear. What have you guys done when stress triggers a flare up? Do your docs just increase the meds or what ends up happening? Before this last remission or whatever you want to call it, I had never gone any period of time not being in a flare.. so this is all a first for me. I don't know what happens now. Hopefully the procedure gives my doctor a clearer picture and I can start getting this figured out. But I will definitely be starting up those B-12 shots again.

Pmkrier
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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 69
   Posted 6/13/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Good Luck with everything your health and your bar exam!
Crohn's Disease. Diagnosed in 1997 at the age of 10.
Currently moving onto the "big doctors". AKA: Transferring out of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Doing lots of testing now that I have a new doctor:
Just started B-12 injections ( monthly)
Currently on: Purienithol (6MP), Calcium, and Multi-Vitamin
Was on: Prednisone, Remicade ( Allergic Reaction 2nd time around)


huckleberry
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 317
   Posted 6/13/2010 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Whether or not stress is the sole cause of the flare, for me it seems to have been somewhat of a factor. But, once I'm in the flare, I need the meds to get out of it. "Relaxing" "yoga" "taking time off" "mellowing out" -- aren't enough.

(BTW, My GI thinks stress is over-rated in CD - tends to downplay it. "Everybody has stress in their lives, but you're sick so let's deal with that..."

I get a little frustrated with family members say "you're just stressed" when I'm flaring. First of all, what's "just" about it? And second of all, it's one part of the situation since Crohn's is a DISEASE -- and if I didn't have it I could become stressed like everyone else and not end up hospitalized and on steroids.

Sorry for the venting, but the point is that whether or not stress is a big factor, it will probably take meds, diet, rest to get it back together.
Official dx September 2007.
currently flaring (June 2010) with colitis
Medications: Pentasa, Omeprazole, Prednisone, 6MP
History of hypothyroid (dx 2004, take Levoxyl), and gall bladder surgery (1997).
47 years old; single mom to three wonderful kids, ages 12 to 18.

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