Going to the GI tomorrow, need help with questions for him.

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   Posted 10/16/2007 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I just finished a 6week pred coarse and 3 weeks of flagyl. I felt great while on the meds but terrible 1 week ofter weaning off of the pred. Im now taking asacol without relief.
1. Is pantasa and entocort a good combination of drugs to ask for when I see the GI? Mt CD is in the Terminal Ileium.
2. Could it be possible I have celiac disease?
-Diagnosed with degenerative disk / joint disease at 21 yrs of age.
-Diagnosed with Anxiety disorder 25yrs of age.
-Suffer from painfull knees, neck, back and have never been in any type of major accident.
- I have asthma
-I have arthritis
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   Posted 10/16/2007 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi you could ask about Imuran. I have been on Imuran and Remicade for over 2 years. These 2 drugs work wonders for me.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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   Posted 10/16/2007 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I would always ask for Entocort over Pred, if Entocort works for you. I'm not a believer in Pentasa. I personally think it's an obsolete drug..... again totally my opinion. I suppose it doesn't hurt to try and see if it works for you.  Have you looked into immunomodulators?  However, they do take many months to build to a therapeutic level.

It's very possible that once the inflammation in your gut is under control, that some of the arthritis pains may subside as well.

There is a simple blood test for Celiac, ask for it. It's a pretty standard test run in diagnostics for IBD, you may have had it.

Good luck to you.


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   Posted 10/16/2007 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Pentasa has really helped me.
25 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 2 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.
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   Posted 10/16/2007 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   

If Asacol doesn't work, then you can switch immediately to Pentasa, because they are basically the same med, but released in different areas. Then you can see whether the Pentasa helps you, or not. 

If it doesn't, then you might try Entocort. Yes, it's a corticosteroid like pred, but far less likely to cause serious side effects, because most of the med stays within the terminal ileum, instead of going thru the entire body.

There's no point in taking Pentasa with Entocort. Pentasa is not that effective for most Crohn's patients and certainly unlikely to help Entocort. Entocort will either work or not, on its own...it might take a few weeks for it to fully kick in.

Try doing one med at a time...otherwise, you will find it hard to figure out which med is working.

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   Posted 10/16/2007 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone out there know anyone with celiac disease who was misdiagnosed with Crohns?
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