Stomach virus or Flare-up.

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   Posted 4/4/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
So, I havent actually had a BAD flare since I was diagnosed seven years ago. I have stopped recieving my Remicade(which was a miracle medicine for me)--thats what I used to call it. It was the only medicine that helped. I have stopped getting my infusions because my insurance was cancelled and there is no hope of it coming back anytime soon. So seeing a doc is out of the question right now.
I have been hurting for the past week or so. Horrible stomach pain. I have stopped eating as much and when I do eat, I have a BM within 2 hours. My BM's are always like water, never anything solid. I feel tired and weak.
I also developed these painful dime-sized bumps on my feet and a couple on my lower legs around my ankles. THey are pink colored and they are very painful, I have never experienced anything like them before and no one I know has ever heard of anything like that.
Does anyone think this could just be a stomach virus? or do you guys think I might be flaring? Does anyone know what the bumps could be???
Please help. Thanks guys.
 "The Lord wont give me more than I can handle,i just wish he didnt trust me so much!"
  "let people be people before they are patients"

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   Posted 4/4/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
It doesn't sound like a stomach virus to me. Is there any way you can see a doctor?
50 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation

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   Posted 4/4/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't think its a virus either. The bumps on your legs/shins sound like it could be a side effect of the CD. I know you don't have insurance but you really need to get into a doc ASAP. The sooner you can get back on some type of meds the better. Pred is a very inexpensive medication and can do alot to get you feeling better. Also, the makes of Remicade have a plan to help people who don't have insurance. I would get ahold of them and see if you can get some assistance. Good luck!
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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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   Posted 4/4/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I dont think there is any way I can see a doc right now. I am not working due to being sick. I am on the patient assistance program through the makers of Remicade, the medicine is at the office I just cant get it without seeing the doc, and i still have to pay 250 for the IV and stuff. So even though the meds are there, without $366 I cant get it. which is still better than $5000 but not plyable right now.
 "The Lord wont give me more than I can handle,i just wish he didnt trust me so much!"
  "let people be people before they are patients"

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   Posted 4/4/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Beg, borrow steal from every single friend or relative. Have them read these boards so that they know what you are going through. Contact the United way in your area for referrals. The Salvation Army would probably part of your costs. Several churches in your area would help, you do not have to be religious or attend them for health.

You may have to contact several places in ordr to reach the total of $399.00 but it is more than possible.

Catholic Community Charities
St. Vincent DePaul

Some of them might be able to help you pay ypur rent and then you will have more lft over for your bills and meds.

In adidiotn, you can call your crisis line. They are usually great.

Good searching,

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