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   Posted 11/6/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all!
It's been a long time since I've posted on this website. I do pop in occasionally when I'm looking for Crohns info or just for someone who is understanding of this DD. Anyway, I saw that Nanners had mentioned that Advil was a bad OTC pain medication to take. What are the "good" ones to take for us Crohnies?
Thanks for your help and best wishes for those on this site.
JAB :-)

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   Posted 11/6/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Tylenol is the only one that I know we are allowed to take.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted 11/6/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the quick reply Nanners. I thought that tylenol made you stomach bleed or something. I thought I heard something like for each tylenol you take a teaspoon of blood is shed...
Is that an old tale or what?

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   Posted 11/6/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
That's more true of the others (aspirin, ibuprofen). There are hundreds of deaths annually in the US (I seem to recall something like 3500) due to aspirin as a result of internal bleeding. That may include arterial bleeds from blood thinning.

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   Posted 11/6/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Tylenol is the way to go, make sure it is not mix with anything else.
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   Posted 11/6/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
DMSO, while not technically a painkiller, seems to work quite well for me when it comes to abdominal pain and cramping related to Crohn's Disease.


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   Posted 11/6/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Tylenol is the only one that my doc will let me take... says that aspirin and ibuprofen products are out b/c they can cause bleeding. I take Tylenol with a glass of water if needed and have no problems with it.
Dx Crohn's Disease 1996
Have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Rowasa, and Asacol
Currently on Asacol 2400 mg daily to manage remission

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   Posted 11/6/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Told tylenol by GI. Hope you are feeling alright. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail

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   Posted 11/6/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Tylenol only... period on any meds actually. My pain meds are usually Norco or Loratab or Percocet, or plain tylenol as acetametaphine is the only pain reliever safe for us Crohnies because of bleeding issues.
Kaycie - Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Failed Remicade, moving onto a Clinical Trial called ABT-874 - Tentative start date - 10/2/08 - 10/16/08  - Infusion, every 4 weeks.
IVF #1 (In-Vitro Fertilization) - Failed
IVF #2 - IVIg, Heparin, Baby Aspirin - TWIN GIRLS!!!
Reagan Dawn - 8/2/07 - Lived 1 hour 27 minutes due to Cloaca, NOT affiliated with my Crohn's
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   Posted 11/7/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you all for the quick responses it is much appreciated. It looks like I'll be throwing out the Advil. I'm so glad I asked this question since I've been looking for a temporary fix to moments of discomfort. I use the discomfort word loosely since there are moments of down right pain. I'll save that for another day. Anyway....thanks and I think I'll be hanging around again for awhile looking for insight and help in the daily quest for a normal existence.


Thanks all!



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   Posted 11/7/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep, all I can take is Tylenol. NSAIDS in general are a big no no, and my docs have banned me from them. That's motrin, advil, aleve, asprin ect.. I was admitted to the hospital 3 years ago for sever bleeding, docs said my use of aspirin that I was taking for headaches contributed to that. So I stick with Tylenol.

Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!

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