Chrone's and Herpes

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/25/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I know Chrone's can be associated with autoimmune diseases. I have an HSV Type I for which I must stay on antiviral meds (Famvir) or it will break out within 10 days. Type I is supposed to be the easier, less virulent type. Does anyone else have this correlation? Could an immune problem that's not "autoimmune" be associated with Chrone's?

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   Posted 3/25/2008 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Kishkes,

I'm glad to hear you caught a less virlulent type of Herpes virus! You can read many posts on this Forum about people with Crohn's who also have other autoimmune diseases like arthritis and allergies. While I haven't read anything that shows that autoimmune diseases make viruses worse, I guess its possible. Maybe others how know better will post!

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   Posted 3/26/2008 3:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kishkes
I also have herpes but I am not sure what strain. I have had it for over 25 years and since I've had Crohns it has been flaring almost constantly. I am on very heavy doses of Aciclovir but this does not really seem to be helping at all. I am sure because it is another AI disease that it is much worse and resistant to treatment.
Diagnosed with Crohns May 2005, been sick for years prior - D and arthritis mainly. Also have severely scarring of my Oesophegus, Bacterial Overgrowth of Bowell and severe migraines.

Currently taking: 6MP; Pentasa; Cipro; Zoplicane; Venlafaxin; Somac; Metropolol; Immigran; Glucosamine; Folic Acid; Calcium; Calciferol; B12 injections; Multi Vitamins; Loperamide and Coedine, phew!

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 3/26/2008 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Good article here
 DX: 1993: sulfasalazine; 1998: Pancolitis UC. asacal 2 2X daily, cortifoam,; 2003: Protitis UC severe flare. asaca 2 2X daily, canasa, cortifoam, cortenema
2008: Proctosigmoiditis severe flare. asacal 3 2X daily, canasa/discontinued while on pred, cortifoam/discontinued, Prednisone 40 mg to be tapered each week
Back on Prednisone 30 mg for 2 weeks then taper to 20 mg then we'll see. Back on Canasa at night.

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   Posted 3/26/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Most of the medicaitons for chrons suppress the immune system allowing any viral infections we harbor more prone to show up.
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