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stuckonyesterday
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   Posted 12/23/2007 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
does anyone else have a relentless cough with the crohn's? i've had it for months and it gets really bad to the point where i'm gagging and it just continues and really causes soreness in the areas where the crohn's usually does. the doctor gave me a pill because he thought it might be acid reflux. but it didn't help so now i have one of those puff inhalers which i just started today...and some other pill i think that's for the cough, as well as a something to take with it so that it doesn't cause diarrhea. i may have to see a lung specialist or go to mt sinai hospital for a consultation =/ it's driving me crazy...if anyone has any ideas please please let me know! thanks so much!

FallColors
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   Posted 12/23/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello. What meds are you on? The imume system suppressors (like remicade and humera) come with an increased chance of infection including lung problems. Has your Dr done chest x-rays recently?

CdnCrohnie
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   Posted 12/23/2007 10:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there. Since starting on Imuran (an immunosuppressant) I have noticed an increase susceptibility to coughs. Whenever there is the slightest hint of cold outside I get a mild but deep cough. It is more frequent at night but usually goes away quickly and doesn't bother me too much. I'm not a fan of medicines, so I usually drink hot water with some honey and lemon in it to calm my throat. If I have a sore throat I will also gargle with salt water.

Best of luck with your treatment.

stuckonyesterday
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   Posted 12/24/2007 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
FallColors said...
Hello. What meds are you on? The imume system suppressors (like remicade and humera) come with an increased chance of infection including lung problems. Has your Dr done chest x-rays recently?
I'm on Asacol, Ferrous Sulfate, and just started Albuterol yesterday. I was taking Aciphex (I think that's the spelling) because the doctor thought the cough might be related to acid reflux; but it hasn't done anything and I started getting a rash (as a reaction what we aren't sure) so he said to stop that for now. And I'm supposed to start Azithromycin (also for the cough) and chewable Acidophilus so that it doesn't cause diarrhea. Other than that occasionally some Citrucel or Colace. The cough had started before I was taking anything but the Citrucel or Colace though. This all started around August 1. I'd say the cough started late September or early October. And after an endoscopy and colonoscopy on December 1 and a biopsy they said it's Crohn's.
 
And I did have a chest xray done that came back fine.
 
Now the doctor just said it might be hyperactive airways? So he gave me the Albuterol inhaler and the other medication and said i might need to see a lung specialist.

stuckonyesterday
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   Posted 12/24/2007 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
CdnCrohnie said...
Hi there. Since starting on Imuran (an immunosuppressant) I have noticed an increase susceptibility to coughs. Whenever there is the slightest hint of cold outside I get a mild but deep cough. It is more frequent at night but usually goes away quickly and doesn't bother me too much. I'm not a fan of medicines, so I usually drink hot water with some honey and lemon in it to calm my throat. If I have a sore throat I will also gargle with salt water.

Best of luck with your treatment.
Hmmm my parents have been mentioning that I should try coating my throat with a bit of honey. Maybe I'll give that a shot. My cough doesn't seem t go based on cold though..it's just all the time sad

CatMan
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   Posted 12/24/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had a cough for a few months now, and it doesn't show any signs of wanting to leave me anytime soon. I know that I'm more susceptible to picking up infections, as I'm on Remicade. It's been hard staying away from people that are sick, as it seems like everyone at work has been sick for awhile now. I've taken 2 courses of antibiotics during this time, and quite a bit of cough medicine. Between the courses of antibiotics, I had a flu shot. Shortly after that, I got a very bad cold. I don't think the antibiotics really worked though, because I still have the cough. Lately, I fell like I'm on the verge of another cold starting up in full force. I think I'm going to give the honey/warm water drink a try. I've also read about adding a bit of cider vinegar to that mix is also good for killing the germs.

For those of us who have compromised immune systems, I'm curious if anyone is aware of any specific supplements that might improve our odds against all the germs that are floating around out there.
Current Medications:

Pentssa, 1000 mg qid
Vitamin B Complex
Trader Joe's Probiotic
Folic Acid
Remicade infusion; every 8 weeks
Klonopin
Ambien, PRN
Seasilver Whole Food Liquid Nutrition


stuckonyesterday
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   Posted 12/24/2007 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
oh boy, being new to all this is making me scared for the future =/ at first i didn't realize i was in for the long haul. how long does it take for a flare up to stop...like will there ever be a time where i'm not having pains and my bum won't be sore etc? =S

pb4
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   Posted 12/24/2007 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
eating honey right off a spoon is often very affective too.

:)
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   Posted 12/24/2007 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I like pb4 use the honey right off the spoon
Workks great for me ......

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   Posted 12/26/2007 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had a persistent cough for several months now, can't get rid of it to save my life...I started taking Humira a few months back, I am sure that it's not a coincidence...my PCP gave me a round of antiobitics to try and knock it out but to no avail, still have the cough. Might need to do a chest X-ray I suppose.
Marci, 38 years old, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006, currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor, plus 3x per day heavy iron supplements for anemia


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 12/26/2007 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Beware your lung symptoms and Remicade. (I don't know about Humira). They ran a clinical trial on Remicade for COPD andhad to stop it early due to problems. For those on Remicade and lung problems this something you should discuss THOROUGLY with doctor and perhaps have him call and talk to the Remicade folks if he is unaware of it.
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CdnCrohnie
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   Posted 12/26/2007 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Forgot to mention that when I have a more troublesome cough/sore throat I will put honey in a tablespoon and mix in about a quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder. It goes down nicely and stops my cough for the night.
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