Can someone help me understand this "craziness" going on in my body???

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deejane
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   Posted 8/22/2006 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually post on the Arthritis section but I think I need some help and advice from you all.  I've not been officially diagnosed with Crohn's.  The doctor suspects I have it.  I just have to set up the tests.  Irritable bowel with diarhhea is always with me.  I have started back to school this week.  I'm not a teacher of students.  I teach the teachers and take care of testing, at-risk programs, pull-out groups, and thing like that.  It's a fun and interesting part of education.  The good news is that I am not stuck in a classroom all day.  The bad news is the way my body is reacting.  Daily, I am having between 6 and 1- or 12 BMs a day.  They start out soft and become very runny by the end of the day.   The pain, cramping, and even nausea is getting so much worse.  I take Immodium, Gas X, just OTC stuff but I became so incredibly sick early today at school that I also went  out of my mind!!!  The pain was so bad, the nausea was severe, ad finally going to the bathroom took everything out of me.  I was literally exhausted whe that whole ordeal was over!!!
 
Has anyone experienced anything like this?  Does anyone has any suggestions as to what I should do next?  What direction, doctor  next?  I was in the ER last month and had a CT scan that showed a hiatal hernia and a spot on my right breast.  I have been okayas long as it was jus the diarrhea. It wasn't pleasant but it really wasn'tpainful either.  These other thigs are painful and are becoming motr painful.  For me, school is just now starting and I don't want to br off work just yet. Any thoughts o what I need to do?  Anything that made it good for you/  My next Remicade infusion is August 29th.
Thanks so much!!!
deejane
 
Current DX:  psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, CD, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, high blood pressure
Current meds:  Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate 15 mg., celebrex, micardis/hct, folic acid,
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500, zoloft, and now nitroglycerine
Previous meds:  Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx


missie1227
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   Posted 8/22/2006 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
gosh, as a fellow teacher ( Sp ed) i know how you feel.
i have arthritis also. maybe you have picked up something from someplace like  virus or infection. can you  get to a GI to test your stools?
if you have used anti-biotics sometimes overgrowth of bad flora can take over and maybe you need pro-biotics ( yogurt) to help your GI tract.
good luck...
9-02 crash w/ C-5-6-7 anterior/posterior fusion in neck w/11 screws and 4 metal plates. multilevel HNP at T & L section. FMS, PA in dec 05. on SSDI after 2.5 yr wait. sezuires, CTS, IBS ( C & D). norco, xanax, predisone shots. i dont know what else is wrong with me and neither does anyone else!!!


Keriamon
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   Posted 8/23/2006 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to have a lot of pain and get very sick when I was having gall bladder problems. Make sure they do a hida scan on you just in case. Unforunately your symptoms could be a bad gall bladder, IBS, IBD (indlucing Crohn's) or even female problems like endometreosis, ovarian cysts and fybroid tumors. Also, unfortunately, ovarian cancer symptoms are the same as IBS symptoms; make sure you get checked out by your gyno and that you get that spot on your breast examined. Then get your appendix looked at and your gall bladder and then get a colonoscopy to check your intestines. Also get checked for celiac's disease and food allergies and bacterial overgrowth and--if you travel out of the country, live on a farm, or camp/hike and have drunk from a natural water source--check for parasites. If you get all of that done and come back as being normal, then you have IBS, which is a functional problem that they really don't have a cure for, but there are some things that might help, like calcium supplements and anti-depressants.

deejane
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   Posted 8/23/2006 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
This is what I need to hear from people. Thank you so much!!!!  Now, I can at least go into my doctor's appointment somewhat informed.  Today was a little better.  Well, the morning was better.  All the "activity" didn't take off until after I had eaten a nice salad for lunch.  It actually tasted good.  Should have known that was probably a sign of things to come.  But, I have a bathroom two doors down from my room and I'm very thankful for that.  This episode has been the worse so far - most painful and involved, most scary for me, and most draining.  And all during the first weekof school!!!!  I do appreciate your candor and your kindess.  Your honesty helps very much.  It makes me not afraid to post on this subject again.  I'm so grateful to have found HealingWell.  I don't post alot but I read alot!!! and it is extremely reassuring for me!  I hope you all have a very blessed day tomorrow!!  {{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}} to you alll!!!!!
deejane
 
Current DX:  psoriatic arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis/spondylitis/fibromyalgia, CD, carpal tunnel, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, high blood pressure
Current meds:  Remicade 400 mg. every 5-6 weeks, methotrexate 15 mg., celebrex, micardis/hct, folic acid,
flexeril, topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500, zoloft, and now nitroglycerine
Previous meds:  Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx


7Lil
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   Posted 8/24/2006 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Deejane,
Do you keep a food diary? It might be helpful for you in targeting exactly what bothers you most. Like you mentioned, I get trouble with salad too. If I eat a small salad accompanied by other food, I am OK. If I eat only a salad it gives me problems. Gas, cramps and D. I've been told that raw foods are very difficult for the gut to break down - especially people with GI issues. You should maybe think about eating salad/leafy greens in smaller quantities.
Good luck and I hope you feel better.
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izzy_19
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   Posted 8/24/2006 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Deejane -

As a fellow IBS member (with a family history of Crohns) I can totally relate.  Do you notice any difference with certain foods?  I also have a lactose intolerance, so milk is definitely out for me.  Also, you mentioned salad....which is a no-no for me... too much roughage.....my daughter has a HUGE problem with salads in regards to the Ranch Dressing (which she soaks on the salad) due to the MSG that is in the dressing.  Many people have a bad reaction to that.  You do need to be tested, (the colonoscopy is NOT that big a deal, don't stress about it - do it)

 


Keriamon
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   Posted 8/24/2006 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
A lot of people have problems with salad, but even more people have problems with bag-o-salad or salad from a salad bar. Salads that are chopped up well ahead of being served are often washed in chemicals (my mother said bleach, but I haven't confirmed that) and the residue from those chemicals can give people diarrhea. I developed daily diarrhea soon after getting to college and couldn't figure out why. My mother quizzed me on what I was eating and pinned my problems on our salad bar. When I quit eating salads, I quit having diarrhea. And this was before I had any other stomach problems, so it wasn't an IBS thing. My fiance has found out that he too can't tolerate bag-o-salads for the exact same reason and there's nothing wrong with his guts either. We both can tolerate salads made from a head of lettuce that we cut up ourselves at home. So if you are a regular salad eater, you might look at that connection with your diarrhea; even if it's not the source of it, it will make it worse.

Also, you never eat any sugar-free or reduced sugar candies, mints or gums, do you? Sugar alcohols give everybody diarrhea and some people--like me--get it really, really bad with just a trace amount. They're a big no-no for anyone who has bowel problems. And a few people who have come on here have even managed to get rid of their "IBS" by cutting out the diabetic/low carb candies.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 8/24/2006 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I thik the sald bars often used nitrates to preserve freshness. I haven't seen much about that recently so maybe they don't anymore. some places use to have a sign up saying they didn't use them so maybe no one does anymore. I don't think they use those in the bag salads but probably use something as I think they have to disclose nitrates.

Keriamon
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   Posted 8/25/2006 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what they are using in bagged salads, but it's only been a couple of months ago that Stuart had to give them up. He hasn't had any more problems since.

It's my unerstanding that they put nitrate in hot dogs, but that has never bothered me, and I'll get on a kick where I eat a couple every day.
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