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   Posted 2/8/2010 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi my names Dan im 18 and im from Newcastle, England. First time posting here as i really feel like i need to talk to other Crohns sufferers. Having a really hard time at the moment in life and i need someone to talk to, who understand what im going through and stuff, anyone but if you are around my age that would be even better. Last few days ive been breaking down into tears and thinking how my life should of went if i didnt have Crohns disease, just really could do with someone to talk to. Thanks

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   Posted 2/8/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
welcome to this forum, it's a good one, i was19 when stricken down with cd. now 59 so not in yoour age now, but I was once there brother, so good luck to you. I hope you don't get to bad. stay on top of your med's. get good dr. you're lucky you have a wonderful medical system, i lived in canada for 19 yr's so i can appreciate socialized medicine.
currently on imuran and pred 4 surgeries
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   Posted 2/8/2010 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
hey dan!! these guys helped me out alot on here im 20 and have been diagnosed for about a year. how long have you had crohns? i guess my best advice to thinking about how your life should have been is thinking about how our life is and what you can do to make it better. one thing about this disease with me anyway is i have no shame anymore once you have an accident in walmart it can only go up from there ha ha ha! i've learned to appreciate everyday im here and doing what i can to have fun while i feel good if you want to talk to me im here i hope you start to feel better :D
"I feel infinite." -the perks of being a wallflower

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   Posted 2/8/2010 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum Dan!
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   Posted 2/8/2010 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Dan I am 50 this year but emotionally I am about 8 so that rounds to about your age maybe? What you have said struck a note with me though as I am in the same boat. With this current flare I have been sitting on the pot in pain and crying. Part from pain but mostly from depression. Not always on the pot either when I choke back the tears. This is new to me.

So what do you want to talk about? I am in the USA.

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   Posted 2/9/2010 1:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Dan: I"m not your age, but I have three sons close to your age - so maybe I can be of support? It is hard to deal with Crohn's as it is so unpredictable when you should be planning your life and out doing with guys your age should be doing ... having fun, thinking of school or bumming around, dating gals. This is all hard to do if you are struggling to get off the toliet or don't have energy ....

Feel free to VENT and let us know how be of assistance. When were you diagnosed? How is your disease currently?

You are in our thoughts ...
44-single mom diagnosed with Crohn's 2004 via pill camera    6MP kicked into remission (along with modified diet) so went off in 2006.
2009/2010 acute flare and hospitalization - now on Imuran. Currently taking 55 mg prednisone.
Current problem - protruding thrombosed hemorrhoids (external as well as internal).
Fibromyaglia; migraines; herniated disks C5,6 and arthritis in neck; asthma; scolisis in back/arthritis.

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   Posted 2/9/2010 1:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and Welcome to Healing Well.
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 2/9/2010 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dan,

My name is Gail *Nanners* and I was diagnosed at your age and now have been living with this darn disease for almost 35 years. There are times when this disease just beats the crap out of you. But with the right treatment and diet better days will be ahead for you. Hang in there buddy, we are here for you and we do care. Vent away, we do understand.

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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   Posted 2/9/2010 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Dan,

My heart goes out to you, in fact to all of you living with Crohn's. My 'soon to be 17' year old son was recently diagnosed with Crohns so I am still on a steep learning curve here but everyone on this site has been so welcoming and supportive I am sure they will be able to give you invaluable advice and support.

Do not know how long you have been dignosed but would imagine that right at this moment you do not know quite which way to turn or where you go from here. My son wanted to be a Dr but consultant has (very nicely) suggested that it may be wiser for him to consider another profession which has left my son floundering and not quite knowing where his life is going to go from heresad

Incidently smile  I was up your neck of the woods in September when I 'deposited' my daughter at Uni-she loves Newcastle

You hang in there, 

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   Posted 2/9/2010 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dan!
I too was diagnosed in your age. Now I'm 35, but I'm a "Dan" too, from Daniel.
As for the future... go for it! I had two surgeries and will likely have more, and I'm on Remi, so.. not a "mild" case.

But it had not stopped me to graduate in Computer Science, MBA, work in a global company (4 years), help in the church (helping people helps me!), and ever get a awesome public job (IT auditing). Happy marriage (12 years) and two lovely daughters. Just got an intenational certification in Information Security Auditing... and I keep telling my boss that I need to avoid stress :-)).

Life is out there! Grab it! Gogogogogo. And sometimes, take a time to heal, rest, relax and see your doc.
Brazilian sick fellow...
Diagnosed in nov/94 - Started with Prednisone, followed by Pentasa and Imuran
Blockage - First Surgery 2001 (no ressection)
Severe bleedind - 2003 - Stopped by 60mg of Prednisone
Stricture leading to a ressection in Dec/2008 - Second Surgery
Now on Remicade + 100 mg Imuran + Iron

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   Posted 2/9/2010 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very very much for being so understanding and helpful to everyone. Ill tell you a bit about myself. I was disagnosed with Crohns disease 7 year ago when i was 11. Was very ill when i was younger and been on alot of treatments but none seemed to keep me well for 2 minutes. Only treatment that did the job for me was Pred and the Elemental 028 diet for 8 weeks where i wasnt allowed to eat anything. Been on both treatments 3 times each. Had 2 surgeries, 2006 and 2008, both bowel ressections. Was doing well in 2008 untill my bowel ruptured suddenly and had to quit college and everything which was a big setback. Thankfully im well with the crohns side of things at the minute but i suffer with really bad anxiety, being on the toilet everytime i want to go out and be like a normal teenage lad is getting me a bit down. Current on 175mg of Azerthioprine and 40mg of fluoxotine (Anti-deppresants). Thanks again to everyone that replyed, made me feel alot better :) Dan
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