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   Posted 12/14/2009 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
hi guys, i have been reading posts on this forum for months now, but this is the first time i've actually posted.

my story...I was diagnosed with Crohn's (ileitis) at the beginning of sept 09, after over a year and a half of being passed from one doctor to another and being told i had IBS then i had Crohn's and then it was back to IBS, despite my colonoscopy and histology results! I have now been told i definately have Crohn's and i probably have IBS too. My GI didnt really want to label me as having Crohns at first because, despite my colonoscopy results and my family history, my symptoms didnt quite fit.... until a few months ago!! (my colonoscopy was done because i was always anaemic, and they didn't know why!) For the past few months, i have had many typical Crohn's symptoms: diarrhoea, urgency, abdo pain, weight loss. I have been on two courses of pred since september and i am now on azathioprine as my symptoms keep coming back! (i started on the azathioprine on friday).

The pred eventually worked and i managed to have 3 weeks of being normal :) but for the past week week and a half i have been gradually starting to flare again (i think.... i'm still new to all of this) Along with increasing amounts of diarrhoea (but nothing i cant handle atm!) and lots of mouth ulcers, i have been suffering with nausea and i have vomited twice, which is very rare for me, because i NEVER vomit! on top of the pains i always get in my right iliac fossa, i have been suffering with sharp pains around my belly button and i also have been getting what feels like period cramps- same place and everything... but it's definitely not my period!

so my question is basically do you guys think that this is me beginning to flare again, and if you do, are all of my symptoms down to the crohn's?? im quite confused as to why i'd have the pain that feels exactly like period pain, and i've never suffered with nausea with this before?!
thanks for reading and i hope you can shed some light on this!!

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   Posted 12/14/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Definitely sounds like you're flaring...ginger (fresh or in form of tea) can do wonders for nausea and chamomile tea can do wonders for belly cramps (periods or other).


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   Posted 12/15/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks! i'll have to try those! It's so good having people who know what you're going through to give you advice! :)
Does anyone else get the cramps so low down? i didn't even think it was possible until last week... now im in agony with them!

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   Posted 12/15/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Heating pads also work well. But I am staying on depo, because with my severe disease and a period I end up passing out a couple of times a month if I do not.
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   Posted 12/15/2009 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Inflammation in the gut or the urinary tract or the reproductive tract all interact. You are likely getting problems because of your Crohn's, but it can happen the other way around. That is, if you have, say, an ovarian cyst, that can cause Crohn's inflammation as well as reproductive tract pain. You should ask your doctor about the lower abdominal pain just to rule out other causes. They are difficult to separate without an ultrasound to confirm suspicions.

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   Posted 12/15/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
What they all said is right. I work for a OB/GYN. It would be hard to differ if it's chrons/ period? or both? Like they said could be a flare starting again too. But if your concerned have your gyn do a tran-vaginal ultrasound to rule out cyst, fibroids or things like that. If it's clear. Then you do know it's a flare. Normally we tell people to take advil, ibuprofen ect for the pain but most of us with chrons cant take that. I have off and on taken (NAPRALEN) or naproxen sodium. Which you could get free samples from your dr. It did not bother my stomach, but I only use it once in a while.Warm baths are another good thing to do.
I know this isnt much help. But I hope you feel better and if I can help anyway let me know!

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   Posted 12/16/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to you all for replying :) i called my GP last night when the pains got really bad. My normal dr is away and so i spoke to another one who didn't seem too bothered tbh, but it was after 6 and i think she wanted to get home so my confusing story wasn't really doing it for her!!! I had some bloods done today and i should be getting the results tomorrow morning and so hopefully i'll know by then! Thanks again for all of your support!

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   Posted 12/16/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Just a thought to add to all the others which I totally agree with- if there is a chance of pregnancy- have that checked....its so hard having crohn's because we automatically think crohn's when it could be something different that we are dealing with such as tubal pregnancy. Hope you feel better soon. I also have had the period type pains which ended up being crohn's pains- seems to flare in different places at times that makes me wonder what is going on so I know what you are going through..

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