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   Posted 9/1/2010 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I figured people in the same position as I am are the only ones who would find humor in this.  So last night I get a call from the specialty pharmacy that sends me my Humira.  For whatever reason, this time they asked me a bunch of quetions.  I answered as best as I could and then he asked me - Do you feel that the Humira is giving you any side effects.  I thought for a minute and said - "well I don't know if they are side effects from the medicine or just part of the darn disease.  Not sure how to tell the difference."  I think he was not expecting that answer and said, "Well that is a fair enough answer." 
Wouldn't it be nice to know what is caused from the disease itself and what is called from the 20 different kinds of medications you take?
Diagnosed with Crohns in May 08
Resection in November 08
Currently on Humira, Entocort, Zoloft, Ritilan SR, B12 injections, Cytomel, Calcium and Vitamin D
Married, mother of 4 that works part time

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   Posted 9/1/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
My favorite question, which I can never answer is "when was your last normal bowel movement?" I always want to say I don't have a normal, so about 13 years ago, but I say "my normal is...." Often nurses look at you as if you have 3 heads if you start your answer with "my normal" but it's true.

I also like the "have you unintentionally gained/lost weight"....well between prednisone and hospitalizations, I've done both....so that question means nothing in my life. My weight fluctuates based on what I can eat.

Can you imagine being "normal" and having normal answers. When was your last BM? Yesterday! Have you lost/gained weight? No! Aaah the things normal people never think about!

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!

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   Posted 9/1/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
When was my last normal bowel movement?.. ahhmmm...Mmmmm....Can I get back to you on that!!

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts...

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   Posted 9/1/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
My last normal BM, that would be in 1977 or so....

I'm not sure I could come up with the exact date.

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   Posted 9/1/2010 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I always ask them to define normal... :)
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 13. 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.

Humira, probiotic, a multivitamin, Glucosamine, D3, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and fish oil. I also take Tramadol 50 mg and Klonopin (for anxiety) as needed.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

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   Posted 9/1/2010 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
My last normal bowel movement was at the tail end of 1999, somewhere between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. Not as long ago as 1977, but to be fair I was only two years old then.

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   Posted 9/1/2010 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
OK NCOT thanks for not only making me feel bad about not having normal BM but also making me feel OLD!!!!! I'm just teasing, I was only 13 then so not that much older just busting you.

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   Posted 9/1/2010 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't worry, Zanne; I may be younger than you in years but I certainly feel older than you. about 90, to be exact :p

Also, although I don't think this had anything to do with Crohn's, I did suffer from constipation throughout my childhood and adolescence. That went away in my 20s, but then at 25 the Crohn's struck. So in 35 years I've had about 5 years of normal BMs :-/
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