Trip to Mexico causes Crohn's?

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   Posted 8/26/2007 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to Mexico with my family 21 years ago.  A month later, I started having blood in my stool.  The doctor diagnosed me with Crohn's and I've had a mild case ever since that's controlled through diet.  Did anyone else contract the disease soon after they went to a foreign country?

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   Posted 8/26/2007 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
How were you diagnosed? Hopefully they did a colonoscopy with biopsies, which is the one true way to be correctly diagnosed. A trip to a foreign countly wouldn't cause it since it's an autoimmune disease. It could be that you had it for a while and something you did/ate caused a flare.

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   Posted 8/26/2007 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
No, and I've never been to a foreing country.

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   Posted 8/27/2007 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
No, I've never been out of the states. That's not the cause of Crohn's, but you could have picked up a bug from contaminated water or food that triggered your first flare.
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   Posted 8/27/2007 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I had been to Australia 1 year before i was diagnosed has probles when i was there and when i got home.When i went to mexico i caught Saminela and was hospitilized, I do believe i picked up something in Australia, I 1st had my symptoms after i ate a cheeseburger at a baseball game. I came home had a fever and was on the tioilet had sevre tummy pains,ever since that day my health went downhill.

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   Posted 8/30/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I went to Australia during the summer of 2005.  I already had AS and was taking Enbrel for it but went off it since it was unlikely I'd be able to keep the medicine at the appropriate temperature.  A week after getting to Australia, night sweats started, my hair started falling out, and I got iritis.  When I got home 3 weeks later the D started and it just escalated from there to the point of horrible pain and 15+ trips to the bathroom, chronic nausea.  I have wondered if perhaps a virus or unknown bug (to my GI tract) triggered my genes to kick in the CD.

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   Posted 8/30/2007 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I am Greek, been to greece, & to Mexico ( I have heard that this is also a medittereanan disease)
This is an autoimmune disease, Something may have triggered your first flare but you had Crohns way before you went to Mexico,
..... being of greek decent didn't give me crohns....I know many who are not Greek, Jewish or Italian but are irish, German,Scotish etc., that have it.
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bowel resecction 2001
Thyroid cancer 2001
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seizure disorder .....all my life.

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   Posted 8/30/2007 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I visit Mexico regularly and it is not the cause of Crohns. My messed up immune system is.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 8/30/2007 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never left the USA, so nope, that's not what happened to me either.
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.

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   Posted 8/30/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never been out of North America either. My Crohns fired up about 3 am after eating a 1/4 lber from Mcdonalds, no bull.

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   Posted 8/30/2007 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been to canda several times and Mexico as well.But I was having symptoms way before I ever went out of country.So I agree with Nanners that Mexico didn't cause it.

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   Posted 8/30/2007 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I had that kind of timing too. I started Crohn's symptoms a couple weeks after a trip to Canada. I originally thought I'd eaten something bad at some ski resort salad bar, but no... turned out to be Crohn's.

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   Posted 9/1/2007 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Those seeds on the hamburger's are hard on me I order my burger with no seeds ,lettuce or pickles. I guess it can hit us at any time and anywhere but I would be very careful as to what I eat no matter where I am. Gotta love those intestines. lol gail

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   Posted 9/2/2007 4:47 AM (GMT -6)   

I got trouble with my stomach while I was visiting India. Had the typical tourist diarrhea the entire stay, and got some antibiotics while I was there. Had no severe health trouble as far as I knew before I went on this vacation. This could be the kick in. If I got som bacterias while I was there, those could possible make the immunesystem react and maybe react in the wrong way, I use to say that my immunesystem have lost it's memory of how to do a proper job.

I don't think the Crohns started because I was in a foreign country, but because my immunesystem had lost it's ability to recognize the bacteria that entered the intestines. A memory loss of the immunesystem :-) And in addition to that, maybe the system was weak because of stress and other factors.


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   Posted 9/2/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I got my Crohn's after a visit to the USA.
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections

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   Posted 9/2/2007 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Never been out of North America -

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