Posted 3/19/2008 10:18 PM (GMT -6)
Just before I was diagnosed with Crohn's, I developed an obstruction in the terminal ileum. The pain was intense, but I just thought I'd somehow pulled an abdominal muscle during a particularly nasty bout of "flu" (major flare). The coach at the high school where I worked told me to take Ibuprofen because it was an anti-inflammatory. I immediately started taking Ibuprofen--which I now know was exactly the wrong thing to do, since, like aspirin, it irritates the digestive tract and causes bleeding. Things went downhill from there, and I wound up getting an emergency CTScan for a suspected burst appendicitis--and having an ileal resection, when it was (finally) discovered that I had CD. Since then, I've avoided aspirin and ibuprofin at all costs, even though Tylenol is far less effective for things like the osteoarthritis in my knee. Way it goes.