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Posted By : worryboi - 10/3/2017 7:33 PM
Hi there - first time posting and could use some suggestions/reassurance. I was diagnosed a number of years ago with colitis, and at the time, my digestive specialist felt that Crohn's was not out the question. Namely, my ileum had some slight narrowing. about 8 months I made the switch to Humira, which I think is helping to show some improvement in symptoms. I'm also on azathioprine.

The reason I'm posting here is that, over the past month or two, I've been having this ache/dull pain in my lower right side and back. It comes and goes, but is pretty tolerable for the most part. At its worst I did visit the ER on account that I was concerned it was appendicitis. A CT scan showed inflammation in the ileum/appendix area, but no swelling of the appendix. However, I was put on a week of antibiotics as a precaution.

I suppose I shouldn't keep letting my mind go to the worst possible scenarios - since the antibiotics did help, but now that the pain is back, I'm worried about my specialist ordering an MRI. Is this common for diagnosis of Crohn's? Would a colon/endoscopy not reveal enough about the type of inflammation in this area? My stool seems normal enough, but I have been having a lot of gurgling come from my gut.


Posted By : gumby44 - 10/3/2017 8:39 PM
The MRI will show narrowing or strictures in you ileum much like the CT, but without the radiation. It also can show things like abcesses and fistulas. It's great that you specialist is being thorough and the doc will probably compare it with the results of your previous CT scan.
58 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Dx. with c.difficile 1/12, 10/14, 11/15, 1/16. Fecal transplant on 2/24/16, and so far, no more c.diff!

5/20/14: Ileo-colic resection surgery after stricturing and partial bowel obstruction.
Not currently on any Crohn's meds and in remission, but struggling with bad IBS.

Posted By : lamb61 - 10/4/2017 9:48 AM
I'm glad the Humira is showing signs of helping. When I had my first surgery (eons ago) I remember a gastro that was consulting said my appendix looked "old". Still not sure what that meant but I think it meant it had been chronically inflamed.
DX with CD Aug. 1982
Gerd secondary to crohns
Monthly b-12 injections
40 mg Protonix / twice daily
folic acid

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