First head cold/sore throat since CD dx - feels like I'm choking!

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   Posted 12/29/2007 4:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm wondering if the CD has spread to my esophagus. I have a head cold/sore throat for the first time and my throat feels like it is almost totally closed down. I can hardly swallow. My throat isn't that sore either. So far it seems like my breathing isn't impeaded too badly, but this is scaring me. Anyone else have the CD spread to your esophagus and affect your swallowing?
Dx'd CD in August 2007 - 42-yr-old wife and mom
Bad reactions to Entocort, Prednisone and Asacol / Not sure what's next
Currently on Aciphex, probiotic, calcium and multi-vit; and Flovent (for asthma)

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   Posted 12/29/2007 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have CD in the esophagus. It was discovered after weeks of cold /flu symptoms, viral pneumonia. I kept telling doctors I coudn't swallow....they kept sending me home telling me to drink more fluids. Finally, It did start to hurt....right in the middle of my chest, everytime I swallowed, even just became excrutiating. Still , trips to the ER were fruitless except for a bit of IV re-hydration, they kept sending me home with the same song and dance. After 2 months of this, I became so emaciated and friend took me to a different hospital. within one hour I had had an Endoscopy, was admitted PDQ and told I was a few short days from total kidney failure. I was a good long while in the hospital, the inflamation and ulcer in my esophagus was extreme.
I never did have a sore throat though. If your tonsils are really inflammed that will feel like your throat is closing up. Both my daughters still have their tonsils and often have tonsilitis with the same symptoms. The pain in my case was slower to appear and much lower .
Don't let it go on too long. If you feel something is wrong then trust your gut!
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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   Posted 12/29/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Crohn's disease of the esophagus is rare but as you have just read Marie-Claire experienced it. If you feel like your throat is closing for whatever reason, you should see a physician for a medical screening exam.

Please take care of you.


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   Posted 12/29/2007 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with Crohns five years ago and last year I was diagnosed with Crohns in my mouth and throat and esophagus.The ulcers are worse in my throat and mouth.I do not have as many ulcers in my esophagus' but I do have great deal of problems with eating and meds.

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