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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 4/12/2010 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,

I came across your great site the other day and I wanted to say hello.I was diagnosed 2008/2009 with "the possible onset of Crohn's" after a biopsy and a MRI scan. I believe I was wrongly diagnosed with IBS 25 years ago when I was 30years old. I have had discomfort with my digestion/elimination for as long as I can remember. I have been vegetarian for over 25 years with a very occasional "relapse" eating fish/seafood worrying about my Omega :)
I saw my consultant once last year when he diagnosed and put me on Pentasa 500mg, 4 daily, more if required. I am due to see him again on the 29th of April.
I find my symptoms are all over the place and hit at any time. These are complicated by migraine headaches to the left side above my eyebrow and diagonally through my (l/h side) head to the base of my skull. I find I'm usually bloated then also with sluggish elimination. I haven't eaten my usual these past few days to try and budge this swollen abdomen and rest my intestines a bit. I have a middle ear infection at the mo also.
Last year I was in China for a few months and didn't take my meds often and suffered with D but it wasn't so frequent daily that I couldn't work around it. At least my abdomen was (fairly) flat.
I find the whole thing totally confusing confused I don't know how well the Pentasa actually works and I don't really have any questions to put to you good people.
Thanks for reading. wink

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 4/12/2010 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
You know when I have alot of gassiness and bloating especially after eating you might possibly have a bacterial overgrowth in your intestines. You might want to discuss that with your GI at your appt. Very easy to treat with a 10 day course of antibiotics. Are you taking probiotics at all? If not, that might be something you might want to add to your med mix. They help to even out the bacterial levels in your intestines. I currently use Primadolphilus Fortify by Natures Way, but others use Align, Culterelle or VSL#3. Try to find one with at least 10 billion CFU's. Hope that helps a little. Hugs!
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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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 4/12/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Nanners. I'll look in to what you suggest. I need a few questions to put to the doc when I next see him. :-)
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