I am still laughing about
the twistodog, but don't worry tsitodawg is tagalog slang and spelling. As for the NSAIDS, it is something that is pretty much part of the Crohn's bible because of the stomach erosions and blooding thinning. Too many nsaids for anyone is bad but for Crohnies it is especially harmful. To make matters worse if there is rectal bleeding it could be a flare and the nsaids could cause severe damage on top of what is already there. If you are in remission you can probably get away with it for a couple of days but bleeding is not remission. Bleeding is also a sign of active disease and depending on the color and consistency, you can tell what part of the G.I. tract it is coming from. If it is bright red and a few drops or small amount it is probably the colon, rectum, or internal hemmroids. If it is darker then that typically means it is higher up and you have bleeding in the T.I. area or higher. Take it from a guy who has also had bleeding for years and had a full out G.I. bleed, you do not want to make the bleeding worse. There are other tools to combat the arthritis like 6mp, remicade, or methotrexate. Remember that while E.R. doctors are good at getting things under control, many do not know a lot about
the long term care of Crohn's disease. I know from my many years on this board that I am not the only one with bad E.R. experiences and looking like a hypocondriac because I know how to treat the disease and what the symptoms I am having typically mean. They treat you like you are crazy until the test results come in and realize you know your stuff. Greys Anatomy did a great job of showing a Crohn's patient a couple years ago when she came in for a G.I. bleed and was not at all thrown back by the fact she was vomiting blood.
Now as for Lost in Translation, please do not needlessly suffer out of pride or the fear of what the medical staff may think of you. You do deserve to be treated just like anyone else that goes to the E.R. and your pain is a legitimate excuse for being there. I have been in the same mind frame that you are and it is so hard. Please know that you are not alone in this and that you have to stop worrying about
putting others out by helping you or what they may think of you. A good friend of mine who is wheel chair bound gave me some great advice the other day when we was being honored for my Crohn's fight at a local university. He told me to never be too proud to accept help from others. The blessings that come from serving others are the greatest blessings God has to offer. Who am I to deny them the opportunity to receive those blessings?
Post Edited (tsitodawg) : 8/14/2010 1:00:55 AM (GMT-6)