Flare or Infection?

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   Posted 4/8/2008 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

I've been on Entocort and Imuran for just over a month now and at first i was doing great and felt fantastic. BMs were kinda somewhere near normal. But during the 3rd week i had what felt like a really really bad tummy bug that lasted for days. then it cleared up and a few days after i had it again. I cannot figure out if it's just a flare or if it's a bacterial infection or something along those lines. Anybody had anything similar? Is it simply just a flare? And is there anything that might be causing it that i'm not aware of. I adhere to a pretty strict diet with minimal processed food, no soda, no bread etc...It's just so soul destroying when you think your meds are working and WHAM, all of a sudden it's back to usual.

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   Posted 4/8/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello LiLa,

Sorry you aren't feeling well! Is it still going on? Do you have a fever? That may mean infection. It would be best to call your Dr., describe your symptoms, and see if he/she wants to see you. Sometimes it is best to err on the side of caution and see the Dr.

Take care of yourself!

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   Posted 4/8/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Definitely could be a bacterial infection. I've been given several antibiotics over the years for "small bowel bacterial buildup". In fact, I have that same pain now so I'm questioning if the bacteria overload is back...waiting for a call back from my GI...
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   Posted 4/8/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I would give the doc a call too. Also I never did well on Purinethol which is the unsynthetic form of Imuran. I always felt sick to my stomach and just plain bad while I took it. I am not sure if Imuran needs to be monitored as closely as purinethol or not but, it was way too high a dosage for me and it really messed me up after a few weeks of taking it.
Hope you feel better soon.
Dx'd with crohn's 1983, resections 83,85 and 89 Double Strictureplasty 2005, Dx'd COPD 2000, Psoriasis 2002 and Fibromyalgia 2005.
Currently takeing Humira, Pentasa, Lomotil, Elavil, Sinemet, Skelaxin, Advair, Abuterol, Oxycodone and Xanax as needed

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   Posted 4/9/2008 3:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys, thanks for your replies.
Well i was with my doctor the other day and he said they would need to do a test to find out and that i should wait until i see my GI again and speak to him. Which could be another month or 2. And yes i am still having the same problem. I'm fine for a few days and suddenly it's like a trigger goes off in my tummy and the tummy bug symptoms just start and can last for days, sometimes a week. I know it's not diet related. And i'm not sure it's anything to do with the Imuran, i don't seem to have any side affects at all. everything is fine until my insides decide to go haywire!! What tests need to be done to determine bacterial infection? And what antibiotics are safe to take for a Crohnie??
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