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   Posted 8/11/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Couple Questions

1- when u are in remission are you able to handle alcohol & i dont mean getting completely trashed - but a couple of casual social cocktails w/out feeling like u want to die a few hours later?

2- I have noticed that after a couple of glasses of wine, I dont get my usual light buzz anymore, anyone else notice this that alcohol no longer had the positive effects it used to (ie relaxing)?

Just wondering as i do miss having the occasional cocktail & was wondering if I will ever be able to enjoy that again!!!!

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   Posted 8/11/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
In my view, the simple answer is stay away from alcohol. even if you are in remission it will come back to hurt you. The more complicated answer is that everyone is different and while some people can tolerate it, most cannot. I'd say if you have a difficult time tolerating it when you are NOT in remission, then don't use it even when you ARE in remission. As for the tolerance to alcohol, I don't drink, so I wouldn't know :)

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: Imuran, Remicade, Prednisone, Fentanyl, Warfarin, Flagyl, Cipro, Celexa, Ferrous Gluconate, Acidopholous

Dave D
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   Posted 8/11/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   

I have no problems with it. Sometimes it even slows me down. I don't drink beer but usually have a vodka tonic nearly every day before dinner.

Dave D

Retired male in late 60's. Perforated Colon in 92. Diagnosed as Ulcerative Colitis in 93. Uncontrolled flareup in 97 dictated J-pouch surgery. 04 Capsule endoscopy diagnosed as Crohns not UC. Emergency surgery in 05 to remove lodged camera capsule. Biopsies positively diagnosed Crohns at that time. 12/06 Unsucessfully tried Naltrexone(LDN). 2/07 developed scleritis of the eye, tearing and detaching the retina. Treated with high doses of Prednisone. 6/07 Thought eye was healing and started taking Entocort counting on the residual (non-systemic portion) as treating the eye. Wrong. In October eye was not stabilized. 11/07 Started Remicade to try and reduce the ocular inflamation of the Scleritis since I had been requiring more and more Prednisone to keep the eye quiet. 12/07, retina tares and detaches again. Started Remicade every 4 weeks plus 20mg of Prednisone per day. Six months and seven infusions later, good eye is back to 20/14. Bad eye is 20/70. Had cataract surgery on June 05 on bad eye. Eye returned to a correctable visionary level of 20/40. Life looks good (literally) today.
Married with 4 grandkids.

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   Posted 8/11/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to have no problems drinking - but now I feel rotten afterwards. I still occasionally will have a couple, but I don't know why because I hate the effects the next day! I guess I just keep hoping ;)


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   Posted 8/11/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I took a drink of champange at the wedding I attended last week and I am still hurting.
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   Posted 8/11/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
If I drink I land in the bathroom for weeks afterwards. So I pretty much have to stay away from it.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 15mg tapering
                           Methotrexate injections once a week 25mg
                           Folic Acid 5mg once a week
                           Wellbutrin twice a day
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   Posted 8/11/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Guys - I was beginning to think that i had asked something completely taboo & inappropriate
To reiterate, I am by no means a heavy drinker, but that doesnt mean i dont like to partake a little in a social atmosphere or occasionally to wind down after a long day at work

Hopefully i will be one of the lucky ones & when i finally get this dam thing under control I will be able to enjoy a cocktail every now & again

I think it is just hard to come to the realization that certain things will just never be the same....:)

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   Posted 8/11/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
It has just REALLY lowered my tolerance. I'm a cheap date now. But often I will get a 3+ day hangover if I go all out. No fun. One or two drinks I seem to do ok with but may still be a little hungover the next day.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 8/11/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   

I've never had issues with alcohol, as long as I'm feeling good overall, nor has my tolerance changed at all.

Hope it stays that way!

Glad Bag
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   Posted 8/11/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
It depends on how much you want to have a drink, I suppose. My advice is be like Dave D, stay away from beer, and stick with Vodka or some other liguor with a fairly neutral mixer, like tonic or club soda. Those drinks tend to have less of an effect on digestion, even for people without digestive problems.

Some people though, know very well that they can't tolerate any. YOu have to find out for yourself, and then balance the pros and cons.

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   Posted 8/11/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I've always been able to tolerate wine or vodka in beer or whiskey.

  • CD dx '86. Re-section '93. Dx Crohn's Colitis '98.
  • Participation in Remicade trials (fistulae) late 90's.
  • Manifestations of fissures, fistula, scleritis, polyarthralgia and erythema nodosum.
  • Presently on Imuran, Cipro, Flagyl and Remicade (2nd attempt - 10 yrs later). Possible serum sickness reaction to Remi after 2nd infusion - awaiting consult.

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   Posted 8/11/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm good with beers, wines and hard liquor (vodka, tequila, rum).

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   Posted 8/11/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   

I can't drink at all. It really aggravates my Crohn's and to me it's not worth coming out of remission. Sadly, my alcohol days are over...

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   Posted 8/11/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I've always been a Cadbury (glass and a half) but the sad thing is now with my Crohn's I am so sore the next day, and exhausted after having some drinks, it makes me want to stay away from drinking altogether! Which is pretty anti-social when you're 22!

I had a work function the other night on a Friday, and was sick all weekend (crohn's sick) - and I didn't even have that much to drink! Dang crohn's seems to make everything thats fun less fun!

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   Posted 8/12/2008 1:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never drank, so with the added "am I going to regret this?" factor of Crohn's, I've seen few reasons to try it. If people press the issue, I tell them it could react to my meds and kill me. Gets em to leave me alone pretty quick. Besides, each friend group needs a Designated Driver, might as well be me.
20, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

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   Posted 8/12/2008 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Before my resections I could drink on occasion, but after the resections, alchohol just doesn't like me anymore. So no more drinks for me either.
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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