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   Posted 2/22/2012 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
shakehead  I am wondering about the manifestations of "mild Crohn's Disease".  I was dxed in March 2011 with "mild Crohn's in the TI after a colonoscopy for "rumblings in my abdomen".  These symptoms appeared in January of 2011 and I got right on it as I am fastidious about my health.  However, daily I feel gassy pains and uncomfortable in the abdomen, just below the navel.  It is worse when sitting at a desk.  Fortunately,  I do not have "D"; mostly feelings of constipation, although I have 1 to 2 solid, formed BM's per day.  I take 1 g of Pentasa twice daily. I maintain a very solid diet of lean proteins, fruits and steamed veggies. I am 51 years old and have seldomly delved into sweets or junk food the past 27 years.  Are these gassy pains a part of "mild Crohn's"?  I would really like to feel no pains. Is that possible with "mild Crohn's"? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Take fennel tablets for gas pains.  Drink distilled Aloe Vera juice.
Take Multidopholus probiotic.

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   Posted 2/22/2012 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
1 g of pentasa is a waste of your money and time. Take a therapeutic dose (3-4g/day) and I promise you'll feel better.
49 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day)Colazal (9 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11.

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   Posted 2/22/2012 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healing Well, bearsboy! Sorry about the diagnosis but glad you got a prompt one. Many members here would have welcomed such rapid diagnosis.

I was diagnosed with mild Crohn's of the TI. I had the same constant pain in my lower abdomen for several years prior to diagnosis. The pain continued even after I was first started on medications to treat the CD. It wasn't until I was started on a stronger medication to treat my "arthritic" condition did the abdominal pain go away.

I suggest you tell the doctor of your continuing discomfort. Upping the amount of mesalamine medication might help. Or the doctor could try another medication [like Entocort] to see if that brought any relief.
Have you always drank aloe vera juice? I mean prior to diagnosis? Many here looking for a non-prescription treatment have tried aloe vera. Some have had moderate or severe increase of symptoms from the aloe vera. If this is something new you added, you might try stopping it for a while and see if there is a change.

Also, do you take any over the counter meds like motrin, aleve, ibuprofen, etc? These can be very irritating to those with CD and cause an increase of symptoms. Some GIs forget to mention this to patients.

I hope this helps some. ~ Ides
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   Posted 2/23/2012 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I take 2 grams of Pentasa daily
I don't have problem with "D", so the aloe helps. 
I also have allergies and allergy induced asthma living here in the Tampa Bay area.  I do think that stimulates the Crohn's ill-will feel in the intestines.  I take Advair and Spiriva for that condition.
Thanks for the responses.

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   Posted 2/23/2012 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Welcome to HealingWell! Sorry you have to be here though..
Iused to live in that area (Clearwater, Fl. to be precise). Yes, allergens are very, very bad there. I'm wondering if they had caused some of my flares. Well, I will never know for sure bud likely.
I'm also "Mild". Which means nothing to me as I have frequent extra-intestinal complications of this illness.


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   Posted 2/23/2012 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 51 years old and have seldomly delved into sweets or junk food the past 27 years

Eating well is important but you still may need to be careful. I have always eaten a balanced diet with fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. But ironically eating whole grain wheat and barley turned out to be part of the problem. It wasn't until I began to eat a gluten-free diet that I noticed that my sensitivity to gluten was causing symptoms for me.

Not everyone is sensitive to gluten and dairy but it would not hurt to look at that possibility.
Male/60 DX ulcerative colitis Feb08, or maybe Crohn's colitis.
No Meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Remission since Mar10. Psyllium seed mixed with VSL3 is very helpful. Food journal instead of SCD.

Watch gluten, lots of fruit & vegetables (but no plums or kale), no soda, no HFCS, no xylitol or sorbitol, no trans fat, no shellfish, few processed foods, no carrageenan.
Probiotics, fish oil, multivitamin, extra D3, K2, high gamma E, phos choline, magnesium, boswellia, curcumin, glutamine.
Nature created all of the locks, therefore Nature has all of the keys

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   Posted 2/23/2012 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to HW. I too was diagnosed lately with mild Crohn's. So, my doc decided to put me on only 2g of pentasa and Entocort 9 mg as I have pain. When I was on Methotrexate weekly injections before the scope was performed, I was doing extremely well except for the nausea that I had the day following the injection and there was still D but it was not annoying. Now, I have severe constipation and pain but my doc refuses to give me anything other than the pentasa and Entocort which seem to be ineffective. It seems that docs have to go by the book no matter how the patient suffers.
Hope you feel better soon:)
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