has the time of year got anything to do with it?!

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   Posted 7/10/2010 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had crohn's diagnosed for about a year and a half now. I had my first big flare up around this time of year last year. (i was diagnosed before i had an actual flare up as it was found when i was being investigated for anaemia)
After we got the first flare up under control, iv had a good-ish year. There have been a few hiccups along the way, but nothing that i would call a proper flare/ that required steroids.
Anyway, for about a week and 1/2 now iv had a few loose motions and i have had alot of joint pain. Yesterday the mouth ulcers started and now im covered in them and i've had alot of diarrhoea today too. I also weighed myself and over the past few weeks i have lost 3kg. This is more or less exactly what happened last year as i started my first big flare. I'm therefore wondering if this is just a coincidence that it has happened at the same time of year again, or is it possible that something changes around now, for example, that is causing me to flare?!
Thanks for any input!

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   Posted 7/10/2010 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I am the same way, every summer I either flare or have some kind of complication like an obstruction. I have most of the summer months off because I am a teacher so my GI teasingly said maybe I should get a summer job so I could avoid another flare. Most teachers look forward to summer break, but I would rather work than be sick again.
Good luck with getting your flare under control.

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   Posted 7/10/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
There was a long thread about this a couple of years ago: from memory, I think a lot of people said they flared badly in Autumn?

It really wouldn't surprise me if climate / weather had something to do with symptoms. After all, a lot of people here say they have a change in disease activity when they go on holiday in a different climate...

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   Posted 7/10/2010 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I've read that CD seems to be seasonal for some - and I think people find that taking an antihistamine helps?

For me, I have flared every spring and late fall (right after getting flu shot) since I was diagnosed in 2007.
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   Posted 7/10/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the replies! i've been trying to think of anything that i have eaten/ done that would make a difference, and i couldnt think of anything. maybe it is the pollen or something like that, since we are having a very good summer here in the UK! I might try an antihistamine in future- iv never suffered from hayfever/ allergies in the past, but im willing to try anything to stop myself flaring!
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