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   Posted 8/24/2010 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
A bit of background first
My crohns is active despite the infliximab and I am currently on steriods. Yesterday I had yet another colonoscopy, the doctor couldnt complete it because it was too painfu for me but he did say that I had a stricture (no suprise really). 
But my problem is that I feel the increased need to urinate, especially about 2/3 hours after I wake up.  I feel the urge to urinate about every 15 mins, then hardly anything comes out.  I have no pain when I urinate.  This stops later in the day.   It started about 5 days ago, so it cant be anything to do with my colonoscopy.   Ive always had a weak bladder but this is just crazy.
Has anyone else every experienced anything like this
Diagnosed 2005.  42 year old female living in UK
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, Vitamin B12 injections, anti depressants
My partner has UC & Crohns

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   Posted 8/24/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
You may have a UTI and not know it. I went in for my annual exam a couple of years ago and as they always do they did a urine test. Imagine my surprise when they called a few days later to tell me that I had a UTI. Other than me having to go more often I had no symptoms. I've had UTI's in the past and always had pain and burning, but this time nothing. So if it continues you should call your doctor and get a quick check.

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   Posted 8/24/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
hmm I never thought of that, because, as you said I dont have any pain. I will maybe have to pop and see the doctor

My partner has UC & Crohns

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   Posted 8/24/2010 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
That would be my guess too. Twice I have went to the emergency room for crohn's related issues and have them come back and tell me I have a UTI. Because I was going to the bathroom so much with my crohn's, I never even noticed the increased urination. I had no pain, no fever, no symptoms.
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 13. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal.

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   Posted 8/24/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Or a constriction near the bladder neck. I've had that before. It could because of pressure from your bowels, too..
I often get urgency when I'm flaring, but its from Peri-anal irratations mostly..


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   Posted 8/24/2010 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I can usually tell I am going to flare or in a flare because I have to urinate more often. Almost like an over active bladder during those times.
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   Posted 8/24/2010 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
You may be developing steroid induced diabetes. Everytime I go on prednisone I become diabetic and my bloodsugar shoots through the roof. I found that one of the major signs of it was frequent urination. It would not be hard to do a blood sugar test. It is only a prick of the finger. If you have a diabetic friend, have them check it for you with their home monitor.

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   Posted 8/25/2010 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I had this symptom also while I was flaring. I found cranberry made it worse. It went away as my disease came under control. Never got and anwer from my doctors about this symptom.

Perhaps your doc's will figure it out

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   Posted 8/25/2010 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I too find it worse when flaring\
wish you all the best
i cannot drink cranberry juice either
keep us posted plz\
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