Crohn's warning bells, or food poisoning?

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/29/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
So, last night I woke up with waves of very severe abdominal pain, all centering around my bellybutton area.  I just went for an ultrasound, and they told me I have a fistula near my neoTI (my resected ileum).  This pain lasted for hours, and i was thisclose to having my husband take me to the hospital, when I suddenly ran to the bathroom and had really, really bad D.  Like, so bad, you'd think I was doing a colon prep or something.  The pain subsided after each time I ran to the bathroom.  This morning, I'm still having really bad D, and the pains are just a mild ache now.
What do you guys think... some kind of mini-ultra-flare, or maybe something else, like food poisoning?  I guess I'm just trying to figure out if I should give my GI a call, since the last time I had major pains and ignored them (you know, the whole Crohn's-giving-you-a-high-pain-tolerance thing), it turned out to be an abcessed perforation and I had emergency surgery.
DX with Crohn's at 21 in '06
Resection of TI and Cecum/3 Strictureplasties in May '08
I've been on most entry-level meds out there: prednisone, AZA, pentasa, ciprofloxacin, metronidazole, etc etc etc... starting Remicade soon, after discovering an enteroenteric fistula.
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Miss J
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/29/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Obviously most of us here aren't doctors, so all we can do is give our layman's opinion in response to your question. It's always important to contact your GI, and you indicated you would do. :-)

I've had similar experiences, and I'm pretty sure they were simply episodes where my Crohn's reacted strongly to something I ate. You can usually determine if it's Crohn's or a food poisoning incident by the timing of the cramps and D. Food poisoning hits pretty fast (you can look up timetables and symptoms online), whereas a Crohn's reaction can last as long as a day and doesn't "hit" until several hours after you consumed the meal in question.

Good luck, and I hope your GI has answers for you!

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 565
   Posted 3/29/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
i just got over salmonella poisoning and i literally thought i was dying and/or my intestines were going to fall out. severe watery d and then i was passing large amounts of blood. i have never been so sick in my life! my entire abdomen hurt something terrible and had bizarre noises coming from my lower gut. i would definitely call your gi and make them aware of the situation.

hope you are feeling better soon!
.: stephanie :.
33 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
meddies: 6mp, percocet, trazodone, ativan, iron, calcium, folic acid & some other vits

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 3/29/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds more like a possible partial obstruction. I would definetly give your doc a call in the morning or sooner if it gets worse.

Gail *Nanners*
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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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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