Thanks Curley and Erin. Erin, my GI doctor told me I probably had IBS, but as far as I know IBS cannot cause ulcers anywhere within your GI tract. When I brought that point up, she came up with the NSAID theory. Then, she promptly dropped me and told me not to come back because she has really sick patients! Admittedly, people with IBD can be very very sick, but not all of them. Nevertheless, I won't be going back to see her. If I need another GI doctor I'll have to continue my search. This lady I went to was an expert in IBD at Johns Hopkins, so I'm sure she has a patient list a mile long.
I think a lot of people are sensitive to NSAIDS whether they have IBD or not. Both of my parents were. My father has IBD/Ulcerative Colitis, my mother did not. Both had problems, however, with upper and lower GI systems in connection with NSAID use.
Erin, you also mentioned that enbrel can treat IBD? I've heard it's not very effective for that--both remicade and humira are much much better. That being said, perhaps it's better than nothing in comparison to what and IBDer would feel like without taking it.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: Early Lupus/MCTD
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan