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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 12/5/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed that my gums are extremely red and puffy. They don't hurt, but they have bled more when I floss. Has anyone else experienced this? Is this just a way Crohn's is presenting itself? I'm on Remicade and Methotrexate, but I don't recall seeing that being one of the side effects. I'm not sure if I should call my GI or my dentist.

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   Posted 12/5/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
My gums bleed and recently my dentist told me one side was inflamed (although I hadnt noticed). He thought it was due to a short course of steroids I had recently taken.
I would consult my dentist if I were you
Diagnosed 2005.  41 year old female living in UK
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, Vitamin B12 injections, anti depressants

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   Posted 12/5/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
There can be an association to gum/mouth issues with CDers (since CD can affect the mouth which is the first part of the GI tract) but just wondering, do you notice this issue all the time or maybe just around your periods? Reason I ask is cuz many women (even without IBD) tend to have swelling/sore gum issues around their menstral cycle.


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   Posted 12/6/2009 12:51 AM (GMT -7)   
all the time... i keep my dentist in new cars too! so much work

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   Posted 12/8/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, just an update, but I found out the inflamed gums were due to the Methotrexate. What a strange side effect. It has me wondering if it is doing that to my gums, what else is it doing to my body. I am also losing more hair. I get so freaked out when I read about side effects. Plus I've read if you take Methotrexate with Remicade, you are at a higher risk of cancer....trying to figure out if I should ask to get off Methotrexate. I'm worried about my symptoms coming back though, especially the arthritis where I couldn't even walk. Decisions, decisions.
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