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   Posted 10/9/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I just talked to my GI.  I'm down to 10mg of Pred, and although my intestinal symptoms are stable, my joint pain is back again.  He suggested that I try Advil or Aleve to manage the joint pain.  I questioned this- I'd rather have joint pain than gut problems- but he said he doesn't think it will cause me any problems.  He said to take it with Prilosec OTC if I'm really worried about it.  Does this sound right to you?

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   Posted 10/9/2007 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
That's kind of odd, we are not supposed to take either?
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   Posted 10/9/2007 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
This is what I heard from a non-GI doctor also. As I understand it, the problem with IBD people is not the stomach which is where Prilosec would work, it is the intestines. The person I am referring to told me "take it with food. That will help" That might help the stomach. My gi office says NO Nsaids of any kind, not even the Cox 2 Inhibitors (Celebrex) I know I get mouth ulcers if I take ibuprofen (don't any more) for more than a couple of days. So, if it does that to my mouth, what can it do to my intestinal lining? I had the biggest mouth ulcer ever once when I took celebrex.
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   Posted 10/9/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
You know, I have never been told by a docotor....and I have had many of them....NOT to take NSAIDS.  I have only learned of the consequences of doing so from the people here at Healingwell.  I admit that I do take Aleve occasionally, if the joint pain is so bad that it interferes with my ability to work.  Granted, I am lucky and those times are few and far between.  I would never take it if I were bleeding though.  That would be a mistake, I am sure.
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   Posted 10/9/2007 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Well this is scary!!!!

I've had 4 GI's in my 16 yrs, most of them were crappy docs, but even they warned me NOT TO TAKE any ASA products, like aspirin, advil, aleve, ect.

It promotes bleeding in the bowels is the reason why.

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   Posted 10/9/2007 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
My doc told me not to take it long term but a little when I need it is ok. I still avoid it just to be safe unless its an emergency. Before I was diagnosed I injured my elbow and all they would give me is prescription naproxen (alleve). I got very sick and stopped it and the pain went away. When I broke my shoulder I refused pain meds. When I couldn't sleep from pain I told the doctor the reason I had refused it was b/c I was afraid of it hurting my crohns. He gave me a cortizone shot and darvocet and I had no problem w/ that. In fact it helped my gut!
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   Posted 10/9/2007 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
My gi told me to take ibuprofen for my joint pain, but after hearing not to do so on here...i've questioned it and stopped taking it. I didn't take it often anyway. My doc wrote me a Rx for tramadol (ultram)

27 yr old female, diagnosed with crohn's colitis with stricture of the colon april 2007--still new to this whole thing--
medications:  Imuran 50 MG, Lialda 1.2g

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   Posted 10/9/2007 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI said no aspirin, ibuprofen, alleve... I miss my ibuprofen so much.

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   Posted 10/9/2007 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
aleve caused me to flare however I can take advil with no gut issues however if in a flare I avoid advil as not to add fuel to the fire
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   Posted 10/9/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had Crohn's now for 13.5 years. I have been treated at the Mayo Clinic ever since I was diagnosed. My doctor told me from day one never to take any anti-inflammatories. My doctor has traveled around the world to teach other doctors about Crohn's and has also used my file to help other doctors understand all of the stuff that can happen in a Crohn's patient. My doctor also has written several articles for the new medication Humira.
So, I will trust him in what he says. He has told me that alot of other GI docs just don't know about the no anti-inflammatory thing yet. But I would suggest not taking Aleve, Advil, Ibuprofun, etc. I know that the joint pain can become unbearable at times, but sometimes you can take a hot bath, relax, or Tylenol. I know Tylenol suck, but it is better then nothing. Ask your doctor about a prescribed med for when you just can't tolerate the pain anymore.
28 year old female. Diagnosed w/ Crohn's Disease Christmas Day 1994. 14 surgeries, and currently unable to take medications due to allergic to all of them. Fight w/ Crohn's everyday to keep it under control.

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   Posted 10/9/2007 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I can take an occasional Advil, if I have severe pain that tylenol won't touch. My GI has never made an issue about it. I have had Chrohn's for over 42 years and have been fortunate never to have experienced any bleeding. (Keeping my fingers crossed!!!)

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   Posted 10/9/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Beware- Ibuprofen put me in the hospital two years age w/ a partial blockage. I was very sick. So I stidk to Aceteminophen.
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   Posted 10/9/2007 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I am concerned perhaps an injectable might be the way to go.
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   Posted 10/10/2007 12:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Advil always leads to bleeding for me, motrin, ibuprofen etc. Tylenol does nothing. My GP suggested I take one Advil with one tylenol, the two apparently work well together...with food. But the only thing that has ever helped my pain are Tylenol #3, or IV morphine, or Demerol with Gravol IM.
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   Posted 10/10/2007 3:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi we crohnnies are only suppose to take tylenol. No advil, no asprin or alevee, I take vicodin
for pain. My Gi presribed for me.
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I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
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   Posted 10/10/2007 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I still haven't taken anything.  My joints are uncomfortable, but not unbearable.  I told my GI about it because he's tapering me off Pred and wants to know about any changes in my situation.  I think he saw my statement of fact- I have pain- as a request for medication.  Which in a way I guess it was.  I want Remicade!  When I first saw him, he wanted to put me on Remicade, but I wasn't emotionally ready to go there.  Now I've accepted the idea and I want to move forward, but he wants to wait and see what happens once I'm completely off the Pred.  Argh!
This is also the guy who told me he thinks I have UC, not Crohn's, even though I have anal involvement.  He's backed off on that a bit.  But now this Advil thing concerns me, too.

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   Posted 10/10/2007 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Well Methotrexate helps with crohns and joint pain, but then again as long as you don't get the lupus with remi it should help too.
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