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potty pooper
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   Posted 10/24/2007 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter and I were on our way to an appointment on Monday (she was driving).  We were driving down a residential street about two blocks from my home when someone decided to make a u-turn.  My daughter beeped to alert him, but before she could stop, his car was right in front of us, and bam - we hit, and his car went into a parked car!  The driver got out to see if we were ok (he was the only occupant of the other car).  I immediately felt pain in my ribs from the impact of the seat belt and my knee felt a little sore.  Luckily my daughter was just a little bruised and the other driver was ok.
Went by ambulance with my daughter to the hospital.  Well turns out I have a broken knee cap and very sore ribs (ribs did not seem broken on the x-ray, but dr said they could still be, or at least extremely bruised.  Have to see an orthopedist tomorrow.  I was sent home with a splint to keep my knee from bending and some vicodin for pain.  My daughter luckily was ok, except for the trauma of the crash.
Anyway, vicodin (I've only taken 2 at 2 separate times, makes me very dizzy and nauseous so I'm not planning on taking any more.  Wish I could take simple advil, but don't want to cause a problem for my chrohn's, which, thank goodness, seems to be taking a back seat at the moment.
I've been doing the best I can trying to take care of our new puppy when my husband and daughter go to work.  Luckily my husband only works part-time (he is a retired teacher).  Not easy to get around with this leg splint and ribs are very sore.
Sorry for the long story, but I'm so angry and frustrated.  The other driver should not have been making a u-turn without checking for oncoming cars.  Hope everyone is doing well.  Thanks for reading.

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   Posted 10/24/2007 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow glad to at least hear you and your daughter are semi-okay. Sorry to hear about your knee and ribs. Can you possibly contact your family doc and explain the situation and see if there is something else, maybe Ultram or something like that that you could take instead of the Vicodin? I know a bunch of Crohnies take it for their pain. I personally can't take it, but I know others have had alot of success with it to treat their joint pain. Hope your on the mend soon. God Bless.
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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   Posted 10/24/2007 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh that sounds painful, hope your feeling better soon, take it easy, not easy to to do with a little puppy.

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   Posted 10/24/2007 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I too am glad your daughter is doing good. How long will you be laid up? Very glad to hear that nothing more serious happened and hope your pain will get better. Take care and let us know how things are going. lol gail

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   Posted 10/24/2007 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
get well soon! So glad it was not too serious!



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & ENTOCORT

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also have Arthritis, waiting on a EMG nerve test right now...

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   Posted 10/24/2007 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
2 vicodins is alot try taking half of one and if that works then try working your way up to 1, 1 should be enough to knock off the pain. 2 would make me vomit. Take with food and drink lots of water.
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potty pooper
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   Posted 10/24/2007 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your advice and kind wishes.

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   Posted 10/24/2007 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Feel better soon, very happy you're both safe!!

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 10/25/2007 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am glad to here you and your daughter are ok. Maybe you should take one vicodine just before
you go to bed at night.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
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.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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   Posted 10/25/2007 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Very glad that you were not more severely injured! I hope your pains ease soon!
Don't relent to the others said, try less vicodin and watch for constipation from the vicodin.
Take care
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 10/25/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
BEEN THERE. DONE THAT. Just last may, as you may recall. Broke a rib, maybe 2. Bruised my sternum from the restraint, & got 2nd degree burn from the Air Bag deployment. Unfortunately, I believe this has also allowed my Osteoarthritis an open door to my spine! Like I didn't have enough problems..
I was ordered to take Ibuprofen while my rib(s) were healing. But fortunately, I tolerate Vicodin well. I healed well from that, in fact I just used Darvocet after using up the 2.5 day Hydrocone supply from the ER. also, got the ambulance ride, which is a BIG bill.. <sigh>
Car collisions suck almost as much as CD!


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   Posted 10/25/2007 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear about your accident. Hope that you get feeling better soon. Not sure if it would help or not but I take Tylenol Arthritis for joint pain and it seems to help -- regular tylenol never does anything for my pain. Just an idea!
Living with Crohns for 1 year. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful little girls.
One blessing that came with my Crohns: I thank God for each day that I can get out of bed and take care of my girls and my home.

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   Posted 10/26/2007 12:46 AM (GMT -7)   
You and your daughter are in my thoughts and prayers.....hope your recovery goes well...Might be helpful to call your MD for another typpe of pain med.....there are so many differento ones out there...surely they can find something that will keep you comfortable and not make you nauseous. Glad your daughter is OK.
Try to drink lots of fluids, and do try to sit up rather than be laying down in bed when you need rest. Bruised and /or broken ribs make it difficult for you to take a full good breath( which is why the pain med is so important)...while your breathing is compromised and you are bedridden with pain and other convalescence, you can succumb to pneumonia very easily. Try taking deep breaths whenever you can manage it even tho it may be painful.
Just the old retired nurse in me....I guess once a nurse always a want to see you back on your feet and enjoying your life PDQ.

Love and prayers,
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

potty pooper
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   Posted 10/26/2007 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone. It's comforting to have such a wonderful group of caring people to share with.

Went to the orthopedist and, luckily, after repeated x-rays, he feels that my broken knee cap will heal on it's own. I don't need to wear the annoying splint unless I have a lot of discomfort. Fortunately, I've not had too much discomfort in my knee. Need to see dr again in 10 days.

As the ER had found, my ribs are not fractured, and the bruising could take a while to heal. Good thing is, I really haven't needed to take pain killers, since the pain doesn't warrant it at this moment. Just thankful that everything turned out to be less serious than originally expected.

Thanks Marie-Claire for your advice on the breathing. Dr at the ER had told me that and I'm breathing deeply and even faking a cough to prevent pneumonia.

Thanks again everyone for your support. Wishing you all well.
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