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   Posted 5/26/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I know I have Crohn's and that it's normal for me to see the doctor often, but I hate complainging. I do my best to control my symptoms myself so as not to bother him. Crazy? Yes, I'm aware. I thought maybe if I put it out there, it'll help me get over it and make an appointment.

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   Posted 5/26/2010 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, I spent many, many years doing exactly the same thing :-).

Call your doctor, Minou. Mine used to get really cranky with me for being so "considerate". Look at it from his perspective - he can spend five minutes sorting you out now, or five days or five weeks later on, because you've left it a long time and you're now *really* sick :-).

What symptoms / problems are you dealing with just now?
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   Posted 5/26/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ivy! Your reply means a lot to me. This board means a lot to me. Not everyone understands what I (we) go through.

Last Saturday I started having stomach pains in my lower left side, with unrelenting BMs. It lasted for 3 days until took an imodium so I could go to work. The BMs have stopped but the pain hasn't. I've had to skip meals in order to get through the day but I can't keep doing that. It makes it hard to concentrate and I feel dizzy. It's weird though, I had a croissant for breakfast and I felt fine. But after just a few spoonfuls of soup at lunch, my stomach ballooned and the pain returned.

Who knows, maybe it will pass. But I think 5 days is long enough.

Part of me thinks it might be psychological. I was supposed to visit my sister-in-law Sunday... but I don't think it would take me this long to recover.

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   Posted 5/26/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a tendency to downplay my symptoms as well. That's one of the nice things about living with my parents- they can tell when I'm sick before I can.
Diagnosed with Crohn's late December 2004. Narrowly avoiding a full-blown flare on Azathioprine (50mg daily).

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   Posted 5/26/2010 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I have UC and I am at the doctor every couple of weeks it seems. I feel like an annoyance too but I bet there are more annoying patients out there. That's what I tell myself to feel better anyway.
March 07: Diagnosed with mild proctitis - Canasa as needed
August 08 - December 08: Flare & Anemic - Started Asacol
January 09 - December 09: Remission!!
December 09 - January 10: Massive Flare - Asacol + Prednisone + Canasa / Colazal
Current: Mild Active Pancolitis: Prednisone, Lialda, Cort Enemas, Canasa

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   Posted 5/26/2010 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
call the doc. i'm the same way- don't want to bother/burden anyone...always works out better to address the situation...
35 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently off Pred.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 1st Remicade infusion a week and a half ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

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   Posted 5/26/2010 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
What you describe is classic crohns symptoms ,yes call the Dr.. Also try a liquid diet for a few days and then soft food for a few more ,that may do the trick by letting your guts relax. Rob
Male, 55 years old 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 Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Entocort, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk,  Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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   Posted 5/27/2010 1:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I know how you feel!! I am the SAME way!! My new dr. started me on 6mp two months ago and I keep going to see him and haven't really had any significant changes, but I'm like, "I've been feeling better!!". He was like, "you know, its ok to say you don't feel well..." haha I guess he called my bluff!! I just hate having being the one that everyone is always like, "oh, she's sick again!".
28y/o F, diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at 25 y/o , 2000 units of Vitamin D , 1500 Units of Calcium
60mg of 6-MP once daily since Feb. 2010

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   Posted 5/27/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I hear ya. I have an issue accepting help when I'm sick also, a double whammy.

It is a good idea to talk to your doctor. Sometimes even just a phone call can be enough. While we do get pretty accustomed to dealing with our symptoms, it's always good to get your doctors input. Leaving an issue until it gets out of hand is what usually gets me into trouble with my doctors. I've been "lectured" at least twice by my doctor and MANY times by a friend that is an RN.
Matthew McKenna,
Joey's dad.
Crohn's Disease and Guillian-Barre' Syndrome.
Remicade, 6MP and a few of their friends.

"I'm just along for the ride."

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