CD, resection and smoking

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   Posted 9/28/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I am interested to know how many ppl smoke....had a resection and still smoke...if  the crohn's came back and if so how long it it take to come back?
thank you
35 yrs female, dx with crohn's on july 13th 07 increasing my  entocort 9mg 6mg tappering off . starting imuran 250 mg had a allergie reaction  can no longer take it  pariet ,dx with depression in 2002 ,effexor tappering off, welbutrin,resperidal and lemotrogine.

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   Posted 9/28/2007 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI told me smoking and or second hand smoke can decrease the time of remission post resection. I forget the percentage he gave me for return. How many cases that happens in I cannot be sure.
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 9/28/2007 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to say I smoke and that's after 2 resections. Darn it, I can't do much else. Bad attitude I know, but I have no other
excuse other than that. I know it's bad for me, and I will try and kick the habit, but with everything else going on right
now, I think it would push me over the edge...

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.

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   Posted 9/29/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
i smoke too. and every website i've read on cd says that smoking and cd is not a good combination.
i've been smoking longer than i have had crohn's. i need to quit but have'nt got it in my stubborn head yet
38 yrs old male. dx with cd of ileum June 2006.
3 feet of large intestine and 1 1/2 feet of small intestine removed because of complications from diverticulitis (fall '03) i.e. hartman's surgery(starting to wonder if i was misdiagonized and was actually CD)
med. : 100mg imuran ,remicade Dec.06 every 6 weeks
 arthritis in fingers and knees

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   Posted 9/29/2007 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   

i smoke as well. and i know i shouldnt for so many reasons. i started becasue of my bipolar and anxiety, i still smoke to ease the anxiety but i know i smoke for the hell of it too, bad bad bad.

i have not had a resection however and im not sure how it affects my crohns, my GI never said anything to me, odd.



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   Posted 9/29/2007 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I smoke to and my doctor said that I need to quit....that's so hard....that's why I am asking the question.....

thank you
35 yrs female, dx with crohn's on july 13th 07 increasing my  entocort 9mg 6mg tappering off . starting imuran 250 mg had a allergie reaction  can no longer take it  pariet ,dx with depression in 2002 ,effexor tappering off, welbutrin,resperidal and lemotrogine.

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   Posted 9/30/2007 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I smoke, have been smoking for 43 years, and have no plans to quit.
I am not flaring now, and feel the stress of trying to quit smoking would
bring on another flare.

58 yr old female
Dx with Crohn's-Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Aciphex

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   Posted 10/1/2007 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Funny you ask, I just got out of the hospital after having a foot of my small intestine removed, and a preforated colon repaired, and i just cant quit, i know i need to, but at the same time, the stress of all this, and being sick and bored, leaves me with a pack of butts and a lighter answers from this girl, but if u find one pls let me know..
24 yo. female
Dx'd with crohn's at 17y.o.
prednisone.pentasa.remicade.6mp.antibiotics.trazadone.asacol.natural vitamins.and tons more.
A huge hater of is evil.
Trying so so hard to avoid surgery..

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   Posted 10/2/2007 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I was interested in the smoking debate, The first thing 2 consultants told me was to quit smoking as it will DEFINATELY make my Crohns worse and I may not stay in remission. I have smoked for 30 years and was diagnosed just over a week ago. I have not had a cigarette since... I would love one , but the fear is too strong for me just to carry on smoking. It is the only thing that has had this effect on me, being told to STOP, not just it will be better for you, but I HAVE TO STOP>>>>> END OF!!!!

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 10/2/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I've always heard that smoking was really bad for Crohns. Made it worse. I quit smoking almost 3 years ago (before I was dx'd) Last August was dx'd during a resection. My daughter started smoking (without my knowledge) when she was 18 and has been in remission since. She has quit while pregnant and so far she hasn't picked it back up after her third child. Seems we are the exception to the rule.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 10/2/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah, yeah. I smoke. Resection 7 years ago, been in remission since. I would like to quit. I guess most smokers would...... I have quit b4 and to help with anxiety during quitting to prevent a flare, I used Xanax..... worked well, for anxiety anyway.

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   Posted 10/2/2007 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I quit 2 years before dx, been told that sometimes the act of quitting smoking can bring on a flare but that after its better. Smoking or not, I still flare.
Dx CD 2003 but probably had it 10 years prior
Dx Primary Sclerossing Cholangitis 2006
GB out '95, Appendix out '96, Kidney stent '02/stone removal '02, Resection '04, fistulectomy '06 2x, tubal '05
Currently on 100mg 6mp and Remicade every 8 weeks, Ambien as needed, predsnisone

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   Posted 10/2/2007 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had Crohns for over 30 years. I smoked for almost 29 years and quit in 1999. Hardest thing I ever did. I quit because I heard that it was really bad for Crohns and could cause you to flare more frequently. I quit in 1999 and did pretty well for a couple of years and then in 2002 had my first resection (emergency). I enjoyed a 20 year remission (before the 1st surgery) and smoked like a chimney during that entire time. To tell you the truth, I am not so sure how true that is that smoking increases your flare risk. I have felt worse since I quit smoking Crohns wise. Not sure if its because I quit smoking or because I am now older and with having Crohns so long my intestines just don't handle things the same anymore. I know smoking is bad for you, and I personally don't miss the expense or smell, but I sure do miss the pleasure I got from smoking. But with all the hell I went thru trying to quit, you can rest assured I won't be starting up again.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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