I guess it really is official - my GI said "You're screwed."

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   Posted 9/11/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Been a little scarce this last month. I developed major RLQ pain, severe nausea, and odd bowel screeches. I knew what was wrong and went to the ER. Loads of blood test, CT scan, xrays, and consultations confirmed what I knew. I was having another bout of cecal diverticulitis. This was my third such episode since 2003. This diverticulum is right above my appendix so of course they must rule out appendicitis each time. Having a cecal diverticulum is very rare. Of course, there were a couple doctors arguing this was a Crohn's causing a partial obstruction. Was sent home with 2 types of antibiotics and I thought all would be good.
Wrong...two days later I was so dehydrated from all the diarrhea and very, very weak. Also the pain had not subsided, in fact it was worse. Had my daughter take me to my primary doc's office. The doc took one look at me and I was immediately admitted. I had lost 8 pounds in 48 hours! That was my first hospitalization in 21 years! I won't bore you with the drama of my hospital stay.
Saw my GI yesterday. He asked for all the details leading up to my hospitalization. Then he stepped out to go view my CT scan films. When he walked back into the room, the first thing he said was "You're screwed." He went on to explain that if this was cecal diverticulitis, a third episode would get me a referral to a surgeon for a resection. However, the GI is not sure this was diverticulitis. If it was Crohn's, then opening me up would be a big mistake. Also, I have so many other medical issues that I am at real risk if I need surgery. I would appreciate anyone so inclined to keep their fingers crossed that I do not have another episode within the next 3 months. Because the GI said a repeat episode within 3 months was an exception to what he said. Then I would have to be explored.
What is the issue causing the risk besides the immunosuppression? When I was in the ER, they did bleeding times on me. Mine were elevated. These were still elevated three weeks later. So now I am being worked up to find the cause of my clotting disorder. Lupus related clotting issues and liver disease have been ruled out. Waiting for a call from my PCM. When I left his office he was on his way to talk to the hematologist.
I'm also very low in magnesium and the docs are uncertain what is causing that. I'm still anemic. The vascular surgeon is pushing to put a stent in my leg because the arterial flow is so compromised. That is on hold until the clotting disorder is solved.
Sorry about the whine. Some of you have problems that make mine look like non-issues. I just feel frustrated and whining does help sometimes. I do have some positive news. The Simponi works great! The SI joint inflammation and various areas of enthesitis get much better after the injection. It also seems to have a positive effect on my gut related issues.
BTW ~ My GI is fabulous. We have a great relationship and I don't want any of you to think that his telling me I was screwed is inappropriate. cool
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   Posted 9/11/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Ides. That's something we never, ever want to hear from our doctors...

I don't blame you for feeling frustrated. It's so hard to get adequate treatment when you are trying to juggle so many medical issues.

I'm glad, at least, that the Simponi is helping.

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   Posted 9/11/2009 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Mya, that's all well and good, but could you stick to giving support and advice outside the bounds of selling a product? Some people get very offended by it.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, omeprazole in the morning, and a women's multivitamin. I'm also trying a B vitamin complex, but it doesn't seem to be working so I'm considering the shots.
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   Posted 9/11/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Ides, I'm so sorry to hear about your recent trials. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. Thanks for the good news about the simponi.
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Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

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   Posted 9/11/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad the Simponi is working for you, but sad to hear of all you are going through, will keep you in my thoguhts.
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   Posted 9/11/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Sending good thoughts your way, Ides.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds (ah, those were the days, eh?)
Tried Humira. Failed. Tried Gluten Free. After 11 months, failed that too. Cimzia - failed.
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   Posted 9/11/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh, I am so sorry you're facing all of this. *hugs*

I am glad you have a great GI on your side. This is my 4th GI since my dx and wow, having a fabulous one you get along wit makes ALL the difference in my care.

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   Posted 9/11/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope you feel better soon!!! (Hugs)
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   Posted 9/11/2009 11:46 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter's bleeding times have been goofed up by her Crohns. GI says she doesn't make enough vitamin K in her intestines because of the diarrhea. Her potassium was kattywampus, too, so he has her eat lots of bananas to slow down the D and give her body time to absorb the vitamin K she produces. I can't help much but I'm sending a little prayer your way.
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   Posted 9/12/2009 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Ides that sounds like too much trouble! I'm praying you get relief ASAP, and for strength to endure through this latest problem. Heal soon!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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   Posted 9/12/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Goodness Ides you are definetly in the middle of a rough spot right now with all these issues going on. Glad to hear at least you are getting some relief with the Simponi. Will definetly keep fingers and toes crossed that things get better for you.

Big and gentle hugs,
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   Posted 9/12/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Ides!!!! BUMMER! I'm so sorry. (((hugs))) I'll sure be saying my prayers that you make it safely and comfortably way past that 3 months mark!
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   Posted 9/12/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
hey if i was screwed , id be gettin' paid, but thats another story... sorry to hear ides.. were you at the big goverment run hospital with this problem? geez you know if ya let people know id come see ya.


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   Posted 9/13/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hugs, fingers crossed.
27 Year old married female.  Graduated law school this year and waiting for results of the bar exam.  Start a new job sometime in September.  Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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   Posted 9/13/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, Randy - I was at our local government hospital. What a nightmare! I wasn't up for visitors though....I was so ill when I went, I didn't take any make-up or cute jammies with me. I would have been appalled were anyone to see me in such a condition...LOL!
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   Posted 9/13/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 9/14/2009 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ides, I hope you get to feeling LOTS better soon.
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   Posted 9/14/2009 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hopes and prayers for you Ides. Big hug too. Maybe two is the charm this time . Keeps us informed...
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   Posted 9/14/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Our thoughts and prayers are with you to make it past the 3 months!!!

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   Posted 9/14/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Some doctors are such pricks. Get a female doctor instead.
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   Posted 9/15/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   

I hope you feel better soon :-)


I'm sorry,but what your doctor said to you,was so insensitive,especially when you feel so bad,you can always get another doctor,someone who will treat you right!! One day your doctor may be really sick,and his doctor may say to him,"your'e screwed",how would he feel??

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