How long after surgery did the doc wait until he put you on Crohns meds?

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   Posted 12/3/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a resection on the 6th of Oct and then on the 17th I had 5 abscesses removed from my pelvic area. I still havent gone back on any Crohns medicine and I am having problems with my pancreas. I was just wandering how long it was before you guys went back on crohns medicine. Should I be going back on soon or should it be a year or so before I go back on?
20 yr old female, dx'd in 02, struggled for a year with controlling this retarded disease. Finally got on Remicade(miracle drug for me-at the time) was in remission until summer of 09. Remicade stopped working, switched to Humira. Had my first surgery, half the colon and some of the small intestine removed. developed abscesses. it was messy. Currently on no Crohns meds, going to probably start the Humira again soon.

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   Posted 12/3/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a resection in 2004. They weaned me off the Prednisone and then I had nothing until about late 2008. I should have been on some type of maintenance drug. I would definitely discuss this with your dr. The disease in my body just got an opportunity to fester again.
Female, mid-20's, lives in Australia
Symptoms since 99', Dx 2003, Right Hemicolectomy 2004, Trying to find the magic combination to manage this silly disease :)

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   Posted 12/3/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I resumed my weekly injections of Methotrexate two weeks after my resection.
Have an ultrasound scheduled for April and GI plans on doing a colonoscopy six months after that at which time we will reassess things.
57 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.
Lap assisted sigmoidoscopy done May 11/2009

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   Posted 12/3/2009 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I started back on Pentasa as soon as I got home from surgery. I haven't resumed humira though.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: Pentasa, Effexor XR, Zyrtec
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods

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   Posted 12/3/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I was first put on pentasa and 6mp about 8 weeks after my resection in January, however my dr did want me to start after about 4 weeks. My wife and I were planning on trying for a baby that spring, so my dr advised we try before I start medications (luckily we got pregers fast)! Im not sure how long it would have been if I were returning to the medicine though. I was not dignosed with Crohns until after my emergency resection, and then the medicine landslide started!
29 year old husband and father of 2, Diagnosed with Crohns and resection surgery in Jan '09 (same ER trip), currently not winning the battle with pain, taking: 6mpPentasa, Prednisone and every vitamin possible! 

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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   Posted 12/4/2009 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe it was 1 or 2 weeks after my surgery that I was able to back on my meds. I'm leaning towards 1 week .
i too wondered why I needed to wait but never asked my surgeon.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Pepcid Complete, Questran,  Monthly B-12 injections.

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   Posted 12/4/2009 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you need to talk to your doctor and get back on meds. I was put back on them at my 6 week check, but that is mainly because I said I want on them now. He was trying to tell me I did not need them, but this was after my second resection in 3 years, and I said oh yes I do. I have been on Asacol since. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. 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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   Posted 12/5/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree. You should definitely talk with your doctor.

I had a small bowel resection on 7/30/09 and went back on Humira 8/30/09. The 4 week wait to resume Humira is to give the body a chance to heal a bit before going back on anything that will suppress the immune system. I strongly believe in maintenance medications ~ as they will hopefully keep a person in remission longer!!
54 year old female;
Have had Crohn's of terminal ileum for 10 years.   Small bowel resection (my first) on 7-30-09.  Monthly B12 shots.
On Humira since Dec. 2008.  Allergic/hypersensitivity to Pentasa, Entocort, and 6-MP.  

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   Posted 12/6/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor had the hospital give me my meds as soon as they stopped the morphine pump in the hospital.
I also never stopped my Remicade infusions. That is an excellent question,most Dr,'s forget to tell their patients!
B-12injections,Pentasa,Loperamide,Entocort,6mp,Hydrochlorothiazide,8 week
Remicade,vitamin-D,Fluconazole.More over the counter vitamin-D. Remission since surgery and 5-years, of 8-week Remicade.

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   Posted 12/6/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I had surgery on Nov. 16., and I left the hospital on prednisone, I was on it before the surgery. They were giving me solu-medrol via an iv while in the hospital, as most of my time spent there was nothing by mouth.

My Humira dose every 2 weeks remains unchanged. I started back on lialda when I got home.

The only thing I have not yet resumed is Imuran. I stopped it a few days before the surgery. I stopped it on my own, my g.i. did not instruct me to do it, I just thought it was a good idea. I will proably resume it in January.
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   Posted 12/6/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I was like homeboy - I went in on pred and came out on pred. I resumed taking the MTX the following week.
I agree with the others, that you should be on some maintenance med soon.
Good luck.
Crohn's Disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis
Current meds: Methotrexate, Prednisone, Humira
Bowel Resection Sept. 07
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   Posted 12/6/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I was like homeboy - I went in on pred and came out on pred. I resumed taking the MTX the following week.
I agree with the others, that you should be on some maintenance med soon.
Good luck.
Crohn's Disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis
Current meds: Methotrexate, Prednisone, Humira
Bowel Resection Sept. 07
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   Posted 12/6/2009 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor and I did not talk about any medications until my follow up appointment well after I had left the hospital (following a small bowel resection). We talked about medicine as a "maintenance" option. I asked if this would prevent my Crohn's from returning. When he said no guarantees, we (or I) decided to forgo any medication. I think I made that decision in part of being frustrated at all the pills and steroids I was taking before the surgery (over 30 pills a day and still surgery) That was in 1994 and I have not used any medicine since. Believe me, I know I am lucky. I also was really lucky to have my doctor, who was also a top research scientists for Crohn's at a major research university. Everyone is different and the only advice I ever have is to talk things over with your doctor.

Wishing you good luck and a successful recovery:)
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