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   Posted 9/29/2008 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I was thinking about getting a fairly extensive tattoo on my back, has any crohnie out there had tattoos done? Does it affect them at all?

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   Posted 9/29/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd be worried if you are on an immunomodulator.
I've never had one done though so I'm not sure.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.

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   Posted 9/29/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I had one but it was 3 weeks after my resection and I was on no meds at all.....first one I have.

Surgery Aug 3,2007...15 inches small and 3 inches of large intestine removed. On no meds and in my first flare since.
"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." Mark Twain. I love that one!!!!

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   Posted 9/29/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
so would getting a tat if u on immunosupressants be a bad idea? even if its small?
dx 17 aug 2007
21 yrs old
13 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed 
150mg azamun
3000mg pentasa

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   Posted 9/29/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't see it being an issue to get a tattoo if you have Crohns.  Just be sure any meds that you're on wont effect the healing process.  I talked to my GI about me wanting to get a tattoo and he told me to def wait until Im off pred, and that he would do some research about if being on Humira would effect that tattoo healing correctly.

Dianogsed with Crohns at 16, 21 yrs old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly), 50mg Pred, Levbid, Nexium, B12 injections.

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   Posted 9/30/2008 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I have 2 tattoos and they healed just fine. I would check with your GI or even the pharmacist to get opinions. They should have a strong idea about your medications and healing.

35/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Asacol 400mg 3 tablets 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily, Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. garlic and Vit. C 500mg daily

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   Posted 9/30/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmmmm....I had to get the OK by both my GI and my Rheumy before getting it done.  I also had to be off the Immune supressing durgs (Pred, Immuran, 6MP, etc) for ONE year before they gave me the ok.  They were both afraid that my body wouldn't heal in the area that I would get the tatoo, plus the possible infection that you can get easier with immune suppressors.  Needless to say - they were both very cautious about it - neither said never, just wait (1) year.
I did wait a year and I got mine and it healed no problem.  Of course 5 months later I ended up flaring and am back on Entocort. 
Diagnosed with Lupus - April 2002
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease (and all the lovely things that come with it) - January 2003 (problems since early 1990)
Fibromyalgia 2005 
Normal Meds:  Lunesta 2mg, Flexeril 10mg as needed, Plaquenil 400mg, Probiotics
"Extras" Right Now for Crohn's Flare:  Flagyl, Levaquin and Entocort

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   Posted 9/30/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I have three tattoos, the first of which was done while I was on Imuran. None of them had any problems healing, and in fact, the script that covers my right bicep was virtually completely healed in about a week. I've never discussed it with any of my GIs before doing it, but I actually ended up seeing my GI at Wal-Mart right after I got my first one done. turn
Crohn's Disease for two years and counting (diagnosed March 8th, 2006)
Failed medications: Prednisone, Imuran, Remicade, Humira
Starting Tysabri the week of 9/22/08

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   Posted 9/30/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I think the points of concern are valid.... you might want to talk to your doc if you're on immuno-modulators or prednisone or something that might keep you from healing.

That being said - I have been tattooed while on Remicade alone and never suffered any ill consequences. I healed just dandy. And as soon as I'm off this stupid round of prednisone, I'm going back for more!
26f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Currently running on Humira and Hope.
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."

~Marianne Williamson

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   Posted 9/30/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
its fine to get tattoo's. There is generally no infection - just keep putting the basatracin on and then the bag balm (or other lubricant). I didnt even use the bacatracin and barely kept mine lubricated and it healed just fine and never got infected or caused any other problems.
33 years old. Diagnosed in 2002ish. 
Taking Asacol, Lomotil TID, and on Remicade since 2004. 
Lower Bowel area only, except for the short stint (about 2 weeks) that I had mouth sores.  Also have external/anal fistula and anal/vaginal fistula. 

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   Posted 9/30/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been getting tattoos regularly since I was 20 y.o.  Never had a problem.  The last one I got was after my UC dx, and still no problems.  I'm not on any immunosuppressants though, and it never occured to me to worry about anything besides how sterile the tattoo parlor was.  Gives me something to think about before my next piece of artwork.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06 - currently flaring
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort retention fluid, Prednisone 15mg and tapering down

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   Posted 9/30/2008 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I would be afraid of how our immune system would interpret the tattoo and whether or not it could set off a flare.
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 9/30/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I got my very first one last summer but I wasn't on any meds.  I don't think I would do it being on any type of meds.  I know I want to get another one but I'm on Methotrexate right now and too afraid so I'll probably have to wait until next year when I get off this hopefully.
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-  I am off of it!!   YAAHH!!! :-)   
                           Methotrexate injections once a week 25mg
                           Folic Acid 5mg every day
                           Wellbutrin twice a day
No Surgeries

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   Posted 10/1/2008 1:18 AM (GMT -7)   
ive off to nyc in three weeks and its the same time as i finish my prednisone taper. Do you think it would be safe to get a tattoo then? its my first tattoo and i wanted to get it done in funcity while i am holidays

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   Posted 10/1/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
i have 5 tattoos.

calf, shoulderblade, clavicle, stomach and wrist. no problems. :)
.:brad:. 23 year old male from PA.

diagnosed with crohn's disease in april 2002 during surgery for obstruction
meds: 10mg prednisone, tapering. starting remicade july 30th. no more 6MP.

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   Posted 10/1/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are really concerned, check with your doctor first. He might be clueless about it, but at least you'll have a professional answer.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema, Prednisone (12.5mg and tapering down)

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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I have two tattoos and never had any problems with the healing or going in a flare. I really never occured to me to even ask my GI. Good luck!


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