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   Posted 2/26/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had Crohn's for about six years now (at least diagnosed...who knows how long I've really had it), and over the years at HW, I've noticed it isn't uncommon for auto-immune conditions to gang up on a person. So here's my situation, and if anyone has input that would be awesome.

Problems. Trying Effexor for the anxiety, and I think...I think it's causing some odd side effects. That whole brain light switch thing, which I guess are called brain zaps according to wikipedia. Those have been bad, as has dizziness/vertigo. Pile on top of that some heart palpitations, and things are just not cool. Its the kind of thing where I feel my heart kinda hiccup a beat, then squeeze really hard to make up for it.

Tonight, I'm stuffy and snuffly and my throat is so sore I can hardly swallow. My arthritis has been kicking up an absolute b*****. Arms, hands, fingers, hips, knees, ankles...the other night it felt like I had somehow dislocated the middle joint in my index finger. I actually woke Kerry up pulling at it trying to get it to settle down.

I'm tired all the time, but I can't sleep. I know I should know better, but I got on wikipedia and started reading up on hypotension, since that was what Kerry was thinking of as a first line thing to check out. I went from there to mono, which I kinda doubt, but who knows....then I ran across Chronic Fatigue.

Anyone here got CFS along with their Crohn's? Man some of those symptoms sound familiar, and not in a recent kinda way. They sound like things i"ve been dealing with for a long time now, but just always figured I'd bull my way through.

Thing is, now, bulling my way through isn't working so hot.

"Let me light my lamp,"
Says the star,
"And never debate
If it will help to remove the darkness."
-- Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore

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