Medication Side Effects

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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/26/2010 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I am new to this website and to Crohns. I was diagnosed just last December (around the holidays; spent a week in the hospital). Ugggh it was one of the most difficult moments in my life (very painful).

Anyways, I'm just ranting, but ever since my diagnosis I've become increasingly frustrated with friends and family. It's as if everyone wants to be supportive, but they don't know how to. I go to my doctor's and he runs me through a list of questions, "are you getting hot flashes at night, are you becoming irritable, etc. etc." which I'm told are potential side effects from the medications I'm on. At first I didn't feel like I was having any of these side effects, but lately I've been questioning this. Obviously physical pain and physical reactions are easier to pin point. But, when it comes to emotions, I wonder if when I do get irritable if it is due to stress from my job or people, or if it really is a side effect from the medication. Lately I feel a little depressed as well. I realize that unless someone has what you's difficult for that person to relate.

But, even the physical pain is difficult for me to pinpoint. When I was in the hospital, the pain was a constant crampy type of feeling with periods of sharp intense pains scattered throughout the stomach area. Today I think I got a cold or flu going around the office and for the firs time since my hospitalization I feel as if the cold/flu almost caused a slight flare up.

I guess my point in writing all of this is to ask, does anyone feel the same way? I'm a completely alone in feeling this way or do other people out there with Crohn's go through the same frustration?

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 171
   Posted 2/26/2010 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I think we all go through this to varying degrees. From your docs concerns about irritability, I take it your taking prednisone. Pred will cause me to question every irritation I get. As far as others not understanding, I guess it's at least partly up to us to explain what we need and want from them, even if it's just to leave us alone. That's why there's a need for a forum like this where we can communicate with people like ourselves. Welcome aboard, I hope you like it here.

I feel a whole lot more the way I do now than I did a little while ago.
Crohn's Dx April 2006. Pentasa and Entocort EC

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