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Date Joined Mar 2004
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   Posted 5/25/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone ever had normal bloodwork while flaring?  My ESP, CRP, and CBC counts are all normal.  My doctor is trying to determine if I have something else going on or if I am in a minor flare.  I have been kept stable since my diagnosis 9 years ago but recently started having alternating softer bowel movements and constipation, a lot of gas, and bloating.  I am currently on weekly humira and asacol.  I also tried cipro and xifaxan to calm this down but both antibiotics did nothing.  I also took a double shot of Humira and it did nothing as well.  rolleyes I really do not have any cramping just the gassy bloating pain feeling.  I appreciate anyone's input.  The big wedding date is 5 months and I want to be 100% for it. smilewinkgrin

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 5/25/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
It really sounds to me more like you have bacterial overgrowth than a flare. At least thats the way I feel when I have bacterial overgrowth. But....when I did have bacterial overgrowth the Cipro and/or Xifaxan had me feeling better very quickly. Did you do the full 10 day course of each antibiotic? I know it takes about that long to kick it out of you. Hugs!
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Date Joined Mar 2004
Total Posts : 100
   Posted 5/25/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
actually took the CIPRO for 14 days and it made me more constipated.  I took the Xifaxan for 10 days and it made my stools softer and floating.  I think I may actually go back on the CIPRO again and see if that works on the second go around and then try the xifaxan again.  Maybe I will add a priobiotic this time to see if it helps.  What a pain. 

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Date Joined Jul 2004
Total Posts : 422
   Posted 5/25/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I had bloodwork (including SED Rate) on April 2nd - all normal. On May 17th I had my 3rd colonoscopy and I was told I was in a bad flare based on the inflammation; abscesses & ulcerations seen. I feel fine. I wonder what my CRP would be? They didn't test it last month. Ugh! There's just no explaining this STUPID disease!
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32 (misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole (PRN), Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Cranberry pills; Slow Fe (PRN) 
Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
4/7/09: Gall bladder removal laproscopic surgery (gall stones)

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