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   Posted 7/31/2010 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I am having symptoms , which I don't know anymore what they are?....I have  crohns for 28 years. and these symptoms feel more of
 gynecological symptoms, a friend of mine says maybe I am going through pre-menopause, does anybody know what symptoms that would
be?...I just don't feel well at all. I am so tired. I went to a gynecologist and he says to take birth control pills. He did not even exam me!
I am 44 years old.

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   Posted 7/31/2010 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow Carmen that worries me that you gyn did not examine you. If you are asking if it is possible, yes, but rare.
As you can see the following artical from mayo clinic average age is 51. My Mom was at 45.
IBD does make us special gyn patients because it makes gyn issues SOOOOO much worse.
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   Posted 7/31/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply, that article did not work when I click on it...


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   Posted 7/31/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
carmen, copy and paste it into your browser.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.
Resection December 2009

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   Posted 7/31/2010 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I am going through some gynecological stuff too at the moment. It IS age related, in the sense that mid 40's is when certain things regularly come into play, apparently. For example I have uterine polyps which everyone has, but mine are causing abnormal bleeding between periods. This has led to low iron along with the rectal bleeding I am still having some of. I am scheduled to see a gynecologist, and in the meantime my GI told me to take pregnancy vitamins to bring up my iron intake in a gentle way. I will need the polyps removed.

Without knowing your exact issues I think that you should go to your PCP or your GI and perhaps ask that they refer you to another gynecologist. An ultrasound is simple and at least that should have been done I would have thought.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Pregnancy Vitamins for iron etc., Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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   Posted 8/1/2010 4:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I started perimenopause at age 40 and so did my Sister. Kind of young, yes, but our Mom started at 39ish.

My clue was that my monthly changed and was erratic. Heavier than normal, sometimes 2 a month. I was quite fatigued, spacy memory.
Mum of an IBDer since 1999. Daughter diagnosed at age 17 with Crohns/Colitis. This disease s*cks!!

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   Posted 8/1/2010 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
My Monthly's stopped at 43 GPs didn't believe me when i went said i was to young idiots had to go back 3 times so they would give me blood tests then they said yes, told them my mum was 43 at the time as well. They say if your mum has an early meno you can also have it around the same age. Not yet diagnosed with Crohn's still going through the tests said i have IBS for the last 6 years if IBS causes this much pain when eating i want to go liquid only.
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