lower babk pain and bloating

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smiley44
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   Posted 8/29/2010 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
IAM NEW TODAY TO THIS SITE. HI EVERYONE. I HAVE JUST SWITCHED FROM ASACOL TO AZA AND SHOULD BE ON STEROIDS BUT HATE TAKING THEM. IAM HAVING HORRIBLE LOWER BACK PAIN AND ADOMINAL PAIN. IT ALSO SEEMS THAT THE BLADDER HURTS TO. AFTER A 6 DAY HOSPITAL STAY LAST OCTOBER I WAS TOLD I HAVE CROHNS. IS WHAT IAM FEELING NORMAL.
 

Ides
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   Posted 8/29/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healing Well, Smiley44! I'm glad that you have joined our Healing Well Crohn's Forum. So sorry that you are experiencing pain. I understand your reluctance to take steroids. I hate the side effects. However, they always get me feeling better pretty quickly. Aza takes a while to work so if you just switched, you might really need the steroids to calm down things until it kicks in. Abdominal pain is one of the symptoms of a CD flare.

Your back pain could be from a type of arthritis that is associated with Crohn's disease. The steroids would help with that too. I'm not trying to talk you into taking them, just pointing out what I know. The arthritis associated with CD is usually evaluated and treated by a rheumatologist. Have you seen one?

Not sure if you read the Forum rules when you registered here. We ask that people not use all caps when they post as it is considered a form of yelling on the Internet. We do make exceptions for those with vision problems.

Again, welcome aboard! I hope that you can get your symptoms under control soon!
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smiley44
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   Posted 8/29/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for responding. sorry about the caps didnt read the rules sorry and this is my first forum.  will reconsider the steroids. also would you have any idea as to why the bladder hurts thanks

Ides
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   Posted 8/29/2010 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
There could be a couple things that might cause your bladder pain. You didn't specify about the type of bladder pain so I will just put out some possibilities.
1) Does it hurt or burn when you urinate? You could have a urinary tract infection.
2) Do you see any blood in the urine? Is the pain in your back colicky, meaning kind of spasm-like? People with CD are prone to getting kidney stones. Most often kidney stone pain cannot be ignored and causes one to seek help at the ER. However, a very small stone could cause a lesser amount of pain.
3) Does your CD normally cause diarrhea or constipation? If it causes constipation, backed up feces in the colon can put pressure on the bladder causing it to hurt.
4) The inflammation from your CD is in an area near the bladder and causing the pain to feel bladder-like? That seems like a stretch but who knows with CD....LOL

I'm sure others will come along and add some more ideas. Have you told your primary care doc or GI about the bladder and back pain?
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smiley44
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   Posted 8/29/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
You sound very very smart. Just seen the GI 3 weeks ago. Took me off asacol and put me in aza and steroids. Iam pretty new at this but as I was reading today it seems as if bladder pain is mentioned. i thought it just to be my intestines bothering me, so I said nothing. I do have a appt. Wed. Still trying to figure this out.

Kiwi12
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   Posted 8/29/2010 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there smiley :) I sometimes wonder if our wellmeaning GIs accidently overlook other issues by focusing on the crohns.

I have had kidney stones that were overlooked post resection surgery for crohns and caused no end of trouble. But I also get pressure on the bladder and urinary pain when my strictures close up causing constipation.

Steroids work well for me short term and certainly provide relief.

Best advice is to tell your GI exactly how you are feeling and leave nothing out as it may point to something that can help you.

My Dr chuckles at 'my list' but says it is really helpful as if I am really not well I may just forget to tell him something important :p

carmen
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   Posted 8/30/2010 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
It could be side effect of the medication...
 
Thanks
Carmen
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