Following the mod's rules here and introducing myself. I'm Aubrey (or Indy, whichever
). I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease when I was 20, but looking back, I can trace my flare ups to around age 13 or so. Once I was diagnosed, I was put on Asacol. For the past few years, my dosage had gone up and down appropriately depending on how badly I needed it. In July 2009, I came out of testing in remission. Never been happier.
But it didn't really last. My Crohn's is now worse than it's ever been. The Asacol stopped working around May of this past year - my doctor told me I developed an allergic reaction to it. I stopped taking it, which made the Crohn's worse. It spread to my esophagus - I was having a very hard time swallowing any food and had constant ulcers throughout my mouth/throat. I was put on Prednisone, which has helped that a bit. But Lord, the side effects of that? I'm a crazy lady.
Last month, I was put on 6-NP for about
a week before I had an allergic reaction to it that put me in the hospital. Right now I'm only on Prednisone, but my doctor wants me to start Methotrexate next week, in the shot form. I came on these boards because I'm nervous as hell. I don't want another hospital visit or reaction and I don't like taking drugs to begin with.
Specifically, I'm worried that the methotrexate will mess up my chances of having children. I've been told that the Crohn's itself can cause complications and woman have a hard time conceiving. I'm no doctor, but it seems like taking a medicine that can be used to stop pregnancies seems like a bad idea if I ever want children. Which I do...very, very badly.
I'm doing alright, health wise, on most days. But I'm also scared and this is taking an emotional toll on me. I hope that I can find some support here, or maybe some answers. And hopefully offer an ear to anyone else who needs to chat, too. I guess that's about
all for me?
Thanks - hope everyone is feeling well today.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2007, at age twenty. Was on Asacol until May 2010 - developed allergic reaction. Currently OUT of remission. Had an allergic reaction to 6-NP that put me in the hospital, August 2010. Current meds: Prednisone. Starting Methotrexane in Sept. 2010. Nervous as heck. Just give hope a chance to float up, and it will.