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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/21/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all again,

I am in such severe back all weekend. Just a constant ache from my mid to lower back. I am using a heating pad, but as soon as I come off of it the pain returns. I called the on-call doctor from my practice, and he told me they don't prescribe narcotics over the weekend, which I don't understand. Hopefully I can get something tomorrow. What could be causing the pain? Either the prednisone or the Crohn's I'm assuming. Is the anything I can do for it for now? Tylenol isn't touching it.

Rachael - 24 years old, diagnosed with CD in Dec. of 2004.

Currently on 40 mg of Prednisone, Lialda, and Azathioprine.

I thank God every day for an amazing support network of family, my boyfriend who has been there since the beginning, and my amazing friends who never waver.

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 493
   Posted 12/21/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I get back pain from the malnutrition--ie. all the D. Spasms when I've had a lot of D. Grapefruit juice and oj seem to really help with their high levels of potassium. I also do some stretches on the floor. I lie flat with my knees at a 90 degree angle and my calves/shins up on a chair or my legs straight up. I put my arms straight up and move up and down and side to side--trying to keep my back to the floor. In the shower, I do the "rag doll" ---stand with my knees slightly bent and my arms and shoulders hanging forward--let the water hit my back for a while. I also try to do the stretch where you lie on your tummy and lift your right arm up and your left leg (and vice versa). I've been told moist heat is the best. Hope some of that helps.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa; started humira 7/1/08; cipro; supplements: MSM, e, selenium, C, B complex, multi, iron

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/22/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Ask your dr. about checking for kidney stones. i was having some lower back aches for about 2 weeks after i had slipped and fell on my rearend after helping my kids pack down snow for sledding. i honostly thought the backache was due to that. then on sunday 2 weeks later, my daughter tells me i was really sick(i don't remember because i was apparently in annaphalactic shock according to the er drs.). she was taking my temperature every 15 minutes and writing it down. she said i was fussing and yelling at her to leave me alone and i that i would call the dr. tomorrow. i still have no remembrance of this day. the last time she took my temperature it said 104.7  . my brother's mother in law called to check on us and beth told her that i was sick and what my temperature was. she rushed over and together they got me dressed and called my neighbor to ask if my daughter and son could stay with them(beth was in 4th and matt was in 5th grades). i was taken to the er and into surgery. i had 3 kidney stones the size of quarters and my baody was eat up with infection. after i got out of surgery, the dr. gave me an hour to an hour and a hlf to live or die. he said that had my daughter not gotten me help, i would have died that night. what i do remember is when i woke up in the hospital a few days later, my kids,my sister,my dad,and my best friend were all there.  the only thing i was told was that i had kidney stones. the rest i found out later. i also found out that stones were another "side effect" of crohn's disease. thanks crohn's!

my daughter saved my life that night and will forever be my hero! she has since been my protector and makes sure that if i have meds to take,i do so,and everything that needs to be done, gets done. she was 9 yrs old at that time and has blossomed into a beautiful,caring 15 yr old young lady.

provolunteer -
diagnosed in 1980 with cd, now i'm a 40 yr old teenager. glad surgeries have helped me live several yrs at a time before getting sick again. now living with a perm. colostomy and can no longer be a pain in the butt!!!  ****!!!!!

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