is This A flare?

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/21/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

I have had Crohn's for about 20 yrs now and for the past 10 i have been flare and pain free since being put on Purinethol.

The past month I have had what I am thinking are 2 small flares about 2 weeks apart - currently I am still in the second one.

I am not in alot of super pain but have had watery bowel movements since Sunday and what feels like alot of moving around in my upper abdomen - i also get this sharp pain amost feels like a spasm that only last about 5-10 seconds then goes away - this pain comes every 2-3 hours but today has slowed down to maybe every 4-5 hours.

I also have a HUGE abdomen and it looks like im pregnant it so swollen!

I was just wondering does this sound like a Crohns flare? Its been so long since i have had any trouble that i forget what a flare feels like.

It just feels strange that my crohns is in my lower right side but this pain and cramping is in my upper abdomen not realy my lower area is that normal for a flare to be not in the area where your Crohns is?

Anyone have any answers for me?

Thank you in advance

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 7/22/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, you can feel pain in other areas. It is called referred pain. You may have disease in one area, but feel it in another (referred pain). I would probably put a call into your GI if you feel you are flaring. Its best to catch it early to avoid any further problems. Good luck!

Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 97
   Posted 7/22/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I am having my first flair too since being diagnosed a year ago, I'm not having loose bowels tho, but the mild pain is in my upper stomach, almost under my sternum, my pain kinda comes and goes too. Guess I will be calling my GI too! Good Luck!!
Tannie 26 yrs Crossett,AR *Currently in Remission*
dx May 08 ,Just finished a 8 month round of pred in January 09. Remicade every 8 wks. 
Taken off 6-MP due to liver toxicity 09/08
Taken off of Asacol also 09/08

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