Is my job killing me?

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   Posted 1/29/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, three people in a group of say 100 develop crohn's in my general work area. Two others are being tested for crohn's due to symptoms. All have different doctors, so we aren't dealing with some quack who overdiagnoses crohn's. Is it weird to have 3, possibly 6 people with Crohn's in such a small group? Could it be environmental? We work in a beautiful area out in the country. Middle of nowhere.
Bad fissure Feb 2005, still have it January 2006. On Pentasa and Imuran 100mg. Some slight swelling and ulceration of terminal ileum. No other symptoms. Now on Remicade!

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   Posted 1/29/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I think its just a coincidence. But I do know more and more folks seem to be being diagnosed lately. I have a co-worker who has Crohns, my managers best friend has it. So as you can see, I know quite a few close to me who have it also.
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   Posted 1/29/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, nanners. seems like once I heard it was 1 in 10,000 who had Crohn's. I thought we were just lucky!

Bad fissure Feb 2005, still have it January 2006. On Pentasa and Imuran 100mg. Some slight swelling and ulceration of terminal ileum. No other symptoms. Now on Remicade!

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   Posted 1/29/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
It's not surprising since Crohn's is increasing at an alarming rate, along with many other autoimmune disorders, primarily in industrialized nations(or being diagnosed). There are many theories as to why this is occurring e.g. evolved microbes that contribute to triggering the genetic predisposition, ingredients in the mass produced foods many people eat, the environment's natural response to increasing population density, etc.

Many people have already asked if perhaps it is because of the area in which they live, but the fact is that many people everywhere are being diagnosed.

And while there are those who say 'well, it's just being diagnosed in industrialized countries because that is the only place it is being tested,' but I have yet to hear of reports of mass symptoms of Crohn's or UC or diverticulitis(and so on) as opposed to wide reports of AIDS, Cholera, Dysentery, and so on. People are, in fact, being tested in many of these areas in the clinics that are set up by relief groups. I'm pretty sure you can't mistake Crohn's for AIDS. Just my opinion in any case. It's not like 'backwater' countries are completely void of medical testing.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 1/29/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
The University of Pittsburgh has an environmental oncology dept. It might be worth dropping them a line and asking if they're interested (or can recommend someone who is) in a Crohn's cluster.

It sounds unusual to me, Snaps, and worth investigating.
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   Posted 1/29/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   

I highly doubt it has to do with your job.  It seems like once one person stands up and says they have Crohns everyone else comes out of the shadows saying they have it too.  Its just not one of those disease people throw out in the open, some do...but a lot are embarassed.  I didnt have much choice in telling the 600 other people I work with that I have Crohns, but while I was hospitalized they started a donation for me since I had no insurance, and when I came back to work I had around 10 people come to me telling me that they also have it.


Ivy-  I live in Pittsburgh, I'll check into that.

Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly)
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