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   Posted 7/5/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been dx with crohns/colitis.  I have been taking Humira since Dec.  Sometimes it seems I take one step forward and then go backwards.  My BMs are fairly formed now, and I have no more mucous or blood.  However, I am still inconsistent with the #of BMs daily.  Some days I go once, some days I don't go at all, and some days I go as much as 5 times.  Is this normal? Also,  I have 2 more concerns.  First, I have been experiencing a sharp pain under right breast sometimes when I move.  It sometimes moves to my back.  I have had this pain on and off for at least a year and a half. I had my gallbladder tested and the test was normal.  I get my blood work done monthly since I am on Humira and my liver enzymes have come back normal.  Could it be a sharp gas pain?  It almost feels like a "kink".  My second concern is that I leak liquid stool without urgency. I can go a week with no leakage, then BAM it comes out.  No rhyme or reason. I have massive hemmies, external and I am sure internal, and my last flex sig showed a fissure.  I have already had 2 fissure surgeries.  Do you think I am leaking because of UC/crohns or for another reason?  Any advice is appreciated.
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   Posted 7/5/2010 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Melinda:  My GI explained the Rt upper pain, underneath the rib cage as where there is a fold in the GI tract.  That spot as well as Rt side around the belly button and rt lower side are all classic places for pain here.  Due to certain bends in the gi tract sores are more likely to develop in those spots.  Are you following any type of diet?  I see a lot of people on various diets and therapies to make their tummies feel better depending on their own situations as well as with medication support.  I actually feel better on an almost a soft to liquid diet.  Feel better with yogurt, bananas, pudding and soft fruits.  Salads, roast beef, bagels, too much food sends me over the edge. 
Keep reading, there are lots of great people on these message boards who have a weath of knowledge and experience.  Hope you find something that works.  barb

Symptoms since Jan 2009, Dx UC vs crohns May 2010 but probably small bowel Crohn's dz, biopsies all "normal"

Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin

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   Posted 7/5/2010 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Can't give you any thoughts on the right upper quadrant pain other than muscle spasms there can really take ones breath away. I am curious about your surgeries to repair your fissures. If the surgeries involved the anal sphincter, it is possible that your leakage is a result of those surgeries. I know incontinance is a common side effect of anal sphincter repairs.
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   Posted 7/6/2010 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Melinda, I think bowel irregularity is pretty common around here. Some people call it constipation - I find that confusing because even though I may wait 3 days for a BM, when I do have one it is never hard, dry or difficult to pass. Whatever. I just call my bowels slow sometimes. If I'm in a waiting phase then I do have some upper right quadrant pain - these two things go together for me, maybe for you, too.
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