I was afraid to take drugs for pain since I don't have the usual symptoms of Crohns. I don't lose weight and I don't run fevers. I have "d" but I also have IBS so I don't know what causes it. I do have fistulizing Crohn's and I was/am afraid I'm masking something if I take meds. The only problem is that my joints hurt really bad and I was having a really bad time functioning because of it. I couldn't use the eliptical at the YMCA or even walk on the treadmill at an incline. Forget the bicycle. Ankles and knees kept screaming at me. "STOP". I started taking cymbalta (an anti-depressant with pain meds) and it has been wonderful. I still worry about
masking and I am having terrible tail-bone pain but at least I can work out now.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor