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   Posted 1/10/2010 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
I am Charlene - a 35 year old woman who was diagnosed with Crohn's about 6 years ago. I have always doubted my diagnosis, because I have always been really lucky with symptoms and haven't taken any drugs since some Pentasa after my original diagnosis - although the doc said he was 90% sure it was Crohns after a biopsy. Either way, I just keep going every day and see what happens! I think I might be out of denial this week though because for a few weeks I have had bad aches and pains in all my joints and on Tues, Thurs, and Friday of this week I had a fever that ranged from 99.5 - 102 - it would start in the afternoon and get worse, I would get chills and be SO cold (but hot) and then it would pass overnight and be better in the morning. Fatigue - but no diarrhea or pain or any flu symptoms. I am anemic and was taking iron earlier in the week and that caused pain and upset so I stopped. Anemia has been an on-going battle although I have also always had heavy periods. I was also trying to eat better and was eating a lot more fiber than usual so I am wondering if that caused some symptoms. I have not had a fever since Friday night and am feeling better - no more achy joints and not too fatigued. My question for all of you is about whether or not I need to see my Doc. Maybe my fever was related to something else? I am thinking that if I keep feeling better (without fever etc) than there is probably no need to go see her? If I did go see her what would she do or what would be the point? Looking for your group wisdom!!
With thanks!

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   Posted 1/10/2010 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
The fever and achy joints could just as easily be a flu.

If I were you, and I was back to normal, I would make a mental note of it and watch for a pattern.
CD since July 2007 - prenatal vitamins + extra vit. D, vit. C and iron, fish/flax oil, probiotics

Following excellent Omega-3 diet as per James Scala's 'The New Eating Right for the Bad Gut' - got me out of a flare.

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   Posted 1/10/2010 11:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Probably the flu, in which case the Dr. can't do much. Your not on meds so side effects are ruled out. Welcome to Healing well!
Male with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003.Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on 5-asa Salofalk ,Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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   Posted 1/11/2010 3:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and Welcome to Healing Well. Sounds like you may have had the flu.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on and Humira. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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   Posted 1/11/2010 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with other posters. Monitor it, and if anything else pops up see your doc. Maybe you have flu symptoms?

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   Posted 1/11/2010 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with the above, but I would still contact your doctor. You really should be on maintainence meds all the time, because as you go on trying to live life like you don't have Crohns, it is always in there ticking away and doing its damage until you wind up being very ill and taking even longer to get better. I did just as you are and my so called remission ended abruptly with an emergency resection and it took me forever to get my Crohns back under control. I am maintained now and back in remission solely using the sister med to Pentasa, Asacol. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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