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Sherry Beth
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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 2/23/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! My name is Sherry and I was on the uc board but have been reading here since I was dig. with crohn's for sure a couple of months ago. Just did a 3 day 4 nite stay in the hospital from a stomach virus which set me into atriel fib. along with dih. and nausa. Doing better now but have a question or two if it is ok.
I have soreness and little bleeding at the anus, and wonder which would be the most help for this. I use destin and baby wipes right now. Is it commom to get fistulas? With my atriel fib. I am on baby asprin for blood thinner and have to be careful.
what are the most common signs for a flare up starting? Is there a diet of some kind that most find helpful? Sorry I have so many questions. It is all so new to me and at 65 I am a little nervous about it along with the heart problems.  God bless and thanks. Sherry

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   Posted 2/23/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hie Sherrybeth, Welcome. Crohns and UC are sister diseases which are often immpossible to distinguish.
Atrial Fibrillation is often caused by stress to the body(disease flare, dehydration). Is it new onset? You should be
on aspirin for sure if it is chronic A-fib.
I know nothing about fistulas so others will have to take it fron there.
As for diet. Everyone has an opinion, some say it helps, others say doesn;t matter. Doctors no the least.
Good thoughts your way!
I am a Certified Doxie Lover(Weinerdogs)

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   Posted 2/23/2008 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to say welcome. I don't have fistulas either, but I'm sure someone will be along soon who can provide some advise. Take care for now,


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   Posted 2/23/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to HealingWell. This is a great site. I look forward to getting to know you better.
I can address your A-Fib.  Extreme fatigue, emotional stress, severe infections, severe pain can trigger A-Fib. Low or high blood and tissue concentrations of minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium can trigger A-Fib. I would suspect your illness was the cause of the A-Fib and if your physician is not concerned with it, then I would relax a bit about that.
Now your other questions I will let the others answer.  They have awesome info re diets and complications of Crohn's.

Again a warm welcome to you

Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

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   Posted 2/23/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Sherry, My name is Sherry also. This is an awesome site and you will quickly find lots of info and great people. Everyone is different as far as food goes. It's best to pay attention to what you eat and if you have a reaction. I have UC and know that if I eat pork, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, salad, etc., spicy foods, drink alcohol or fresh brewed coffee - I will be paying for it immediately and for days. Stress seems to be my worst enemy as I don't know how to control that. My daughter has CD and we haven't figured out if and what foods bother her. I can't help with the other ?'s since we are still learning but I guarantee you will get great responses on here. Best wishes to you. Much love & laughter to you!
Mother to 15 yr old daughter diagnosed w/CD 9/07.  Had col & endo in 9/07, small bowel follow through 11/07, surgery for abcesses 11/07.  Curently taking multi-vit, iron for anemia, bentyl prn, prilosec 20mg-x2, pentasa  500mg-x5, entocort-x3, 6 mp 50mg-x3.....still not doing well.

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   Posted 2/23/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry, Welcome there are alot of good ppl here whom can help. You are never alone we are always here for you.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 2/23/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry-

in contrast, i know nothing about afib, but might be able to help a little with the others.

I think that at first most people are recommended to start with a low-fiber, low-residue, low concentrated sweets diet. But as you probably know, this disease varies depending on the person. So while some people can eat dairy, some can not. some can eat some types of vegetables, so can eat none. I think at first it helps to keep a food diary so you can look back and try to understand what upset your gut that day. You'll eventually be able to build a do's and don'ts list.

Fistulas can be common. I have a recto-vaginal fistula right now. usually you'll just start to notice bowel contents exciting out of areas they normally wouldn't. it can cause a really nasty infection and it takes quit a bit of work to maintain (someone correct me if their fistula has been a walk in the park).

common signs of a new flair vary by person. I think most people experience increase diarrhea, nausea, increased abdominal pain, vomitting, and sometimes blood in their stool. But like I said, it can really vary. The aspirin you take is definetly not going to help with the Crohn's, but I know that it's important for the afib. not that i can talk, i'm on warfarin, and that's not a good one either.

good luck and cheers
diagnosed: Crohn's Aug 2005
other set-backs: Vasculitis Aug 2006, Sub-total Colectomy (10 inches of colon left) Feb 2007, Ogilivie's Syndrome Mar 2007, Pulmonary Embolism Sept 2007, Collapsed lung Oct 2007, Recto/Vaginal fistula Nov 2007
drugs: Asacol, Imuran, Remicade, Humira, Prednisone, Canasa, Fentanyl, Warfarin, TPN

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   Posted 2/23/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry :)

Fistulas can be common for many crohnies but not necessarily all crohnies will deal with them at any point...I've had CD for going on 17 yrs and luckily have never had to deal with them...there are "types" of CD, catagories of fistulizing CD, stricturing CD and such which referrs to CDers that commonly have these issues.

The soreness and little bleeding your having from your anus may very well be from fissures...sitz baths and gently rubbing the area with extra virgine olive oil can help heal these, but if they're very deep fissures then sometimes surgery is doesn't sound like it's to that degree for you...fissures, if there's enough of them or they're deep enough often feel like you're pooping out razor blades, do you have that sensation at all?

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 2/23/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry and welcome to HW I have found friends ,info , and get to help others so great things here for us all. I have had fistula's my CD was diagnoised as severe CD. It is important for us not to get dehydrated especially those with heart problems so keeping your fluid intake up is probably a good thing. Infazinc cream is great for soreness when I had the prep I was sore so the nurse had given me some it worked great for too much going to the bathroom .Hope you are feeling better now. lol gail

Sherry Beth
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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 2/25/2008 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for all your replies!!! It sure helps to have someone to talk to about that is going thr the same thing.
I am on short term disability since I went into the hospital last week. I was just on sick leave til then. My Dr. suggested it and said he would do long term disability if I wanted. I am not sure yet as I still haven't gotten all the results on my heart and what is causing the afib and other signs of problems. Don't really know how it works since I am on SS now (65) and disability is from my insurance co. God will show me the way. I love my job tho and hope to maby go back part time, then if I can't do it I can go back on short term disability and etd. God bless you all !!!!
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