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IndigoCalypso
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Date Joined Sep 2010
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   Posted 9/3/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

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.

~ Aubrey
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.

kazbern
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   Posted 9/3/2010 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Aubrey, sorry you're having such a hard time!

I for one do not believe that taking methotrexate now will have any affect on your future fertility. In fact, leaving the Crohn's untreated will undoubtedly affect your future fertility, so it's best to try and get back into remission. You should be able to read info about mtx and what possible side effects might be, now or in the future.

{{{{HUGS}}}} I'm in the middle of making my own decision about meds.
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48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (6g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, vit. D (20K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.

Nanners
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 9/4/2010 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Well there are other meds you can use and still get pregnant on, such as Humira or Remicade. We have had a few women on this forum give birth to healthy babies while on meds such as Pred, 6mp/Imuran, Humira and Remicade. You cannot get pregnant while on MTX, but if you are not planning to have babies anytime soon, them I would give the med a chance. You should be on some type of med no matter what, otherwise your Crohns will only get worse. Good luck!
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"*

IndigoCalypso
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Date Joined Sep 2010
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 9/4/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Good advice from both of you. My doctor talked about Humira and I've read that others have done quite well on it - but for some reason, he doesn't want to go that route yet. I'm assuming, from what I've been told, that it's one step above the metho. and he doesn't want to go there unless it's absolutely necessary.

I don't know a lot about Crohn's and fertility - is there a special section on here dedicated to that by any chance? I'll take a look myself, see if I can find it.

Anyway, just wanted to say thanks. Talking meds just sucks - almost as much as having to take them in the first place!
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.
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