CD flares/symptoms with Cold or Flu??

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   Posted 10/11/2007 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Do any of you get double-whammied with flares or other CD symptoms when you have a viral infection like a cold or the flu?  I have noticed that when I have a cold or get the flu that my CD does not bother me.  My appetite does decrease a bit so I'm not taking in as much food.  I couldn't help but wonder if when my immune system actually has something else to fight, it leaves my guts alone.??? Hmmm....
32 yrs old - dx'd w/ Mild CD in 2004 after 5 yrs of IBS (I swear it's from food poisening - bad fish from McD's) 2 fistulas (1 recto-vag).  Asacol for a while at first - now just on a round of Flagyl, diet control and pain meds for really bad days. Getting ready for seton placement. 

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   Posted 10/11/2007 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
interesting that you brought this up.

right now i have a severe cold(actually went home from work early today) and unfortantly i'm going thru a mild flare for the last 3 days.
what's worse is i'm on imuran and remicade which are both immune surpressive drugs that are probably not helping me fight this cold.

all i can say is we have to live with what life throws at us.
38 yrs old male. dx with cd of ileum June 2006.
3 feet of large intestine and 1 1/2 feet of small intestine removed because of complications from diverticulitis (fall '03) i.e. hartman's surgery(starting to wonder if i was misdiagonized and was actually CD)
med. : 100mg imuran ,remicade Dec.06 every 6 weeks
 arthritis in fingers and knees

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   Posted 10/12/2007 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I always experience a flare with a cold or flu...never fails.
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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   Posted 10/12/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I had a doozy cold for 2 weeks and lots of D so if your not flaring that is great but I am also just getting off the pred. I know how you feel croony I am on the Imuran and Rem too I never coughed so much I went and got an antibo. for seven days so that might have helped my lungs although they still were not good.Thank goodness it is going away.Kann I am glad you are doing ok with your CD and hope you get over your cold soon. lol gail

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   Posted 10/12/2007 7:15 AM (GMT -6) that you mention it, I think I have the same situation. I do not get many colds lately, but when I do I don't have many Cd symptoms hitting me. Hmmmm....would having a cold every day 24 hours a day (not the flu, but a cold) be worth never feeling the CD????? Tough I am pondering!
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 10/12/2007 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
If my sinuses are inflamed from cold-like symptoms for more than a few days I go into a mini-flare.  If they are inflamed for a month or so, it means I have a big flare coming.  And it is always a guarateed flare if my daughter has strep.
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