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Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 5/25/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Another question.  For the last three months I have been running low grade fevers.  Anywhere between 98.8 and 99.8.  I keep saying I'll call the doctor whenever it gets above 100.  Never does.  I'll have them for about 3 weeks and then they will disappear for about a week. 
Should I call the doctor or hold off?
Vicky / 48 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (27) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 5/25/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
It's probably good to let your doctor know. I frequently run low-grade fevers too. 99.5 and up is my usual. I've been above 100 three times this week. My doctor never really seem to care, but I tell him anyway as it seems an important reflection of my disease. One time he told me to call if I get above 101!

The fevers kill me... it's so hard to function with a raised temp! Good luck! I hope you feel better soon!
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--stuck on methylprednisolone, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-year-old girl

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   Posted 5/25/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Vicky,

I'm concerned you may have an infection somewhere. I had a large abscess for too long (I tried ignoring it -- stupid me) and I ran a low-grade fever. Then the whole situation spiraled out of control. But that is another story... I suggest you call your Doc. Better safe than sorry! Hope you feel better!!

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   Posted 5/25/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   

I am currently healing from a flare and have had low grade fevers.  For a while they were getting high at night, up to 102.7.  I got out of the hospital after having an abcess drained and the fevers started at night, usually around bedtime - I would take Tylenol and end up with night sweats as the fever broke.

This is the first severe flare I have had (I had 2 others) where I wasn't given prednisone so didn't heal as quickly, so am learning a lot about my body.  I am now on Remicade, hoping that works for me since nothing else except pred seems to work.

FallColors, how did you know you had an abcess?  I had one recently I needed to have drained but didn't know it was there.  How can you tell?



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   Posted 5/25/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wednesday,

I've had three peri-rectal abscesses and all were easy to tell. Lumps were there should be none and tender to the touch. I let the first one way too long -- I didn't know I had CD at the time -- and suddenly I got drainage in the perineum from the newly formed fistula. :-( For all three I started to run low temperatures and just felt generally un-well. I got the last one 3 weeks ago and acted fast. Now I know better!! I was in the OR within 4 days and caught it early! Yea! It was small and not in very deep at all, so I didn't need much of an incision.

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   Posted 5/25/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I never get a high fever becaue my normal temp is below the norm so it is hard when I go to a doctor that doesn't know me. I have been told that mine is low due to having immuno disorders. So if I was you I would tell your doctor when you see him/her.

CD diagnosed 34 years ago
Stem Cell Transplant may be back on
Lap-assisted Ileocolic Resection- February 2008
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Back on Prednisone - I hate it
Ranitidine HCL 
Prednisone 1% (eye drops)
Maxidex  (eye ointment)
Homatropine 5% (eye drops)
B12, Folic Acid, Vitaman D, Calcium

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   Posted 5/26/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I like Shoshanna also run a low temp all the time. When I hit 98.6 which is the normal body temp, I consider myself with a low grade fever. If its 99 and up then I know something is really wrong.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 5/26/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Just an FYI, I had been running low grade fevers for a few weeks (ranging from 99 to about 101/102) and kept putting off letting my doctors know because it would seem to go away the next day. Anyways, it finally caught up to me and turns out I had a nasty GI infection that basically caused me to have some sort of nasty abscess rupture and spew out some more nasty gunk. You should let your doctor know-it might be your body's way of trying to tell you something is up.

Love many, trust few, but always paddle your own canoe....

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   Posted 5/26/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I run fevers almost all the time, 100, but usually no higher. But I know I'm flaring, so I put it down to the nature of the beast...

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts

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   Posted 5/26/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I always run low grade fevers as well.... it usually means a flare, or it is a reflection of the chronic sinusitis that never seems to go away... It's like my CD, just variations of severity.
what I have been having more of lately as well is hot flashes.! Gee Whiz!....lots of fun. !There is just no rest for the weary!
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis

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