Viral infection and Crohn's

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Irish Red
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/8/2007 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone.
I am currently sitting in the hospital beside my father and thought this was worth a shot to see if anyone could help.  My Father was diagnosed with Crohn's 2 years ago (he jokes and says he caught it from me because I have Crohn's.. : ) He has been in the hospital since Friday (now for 6 days) and the Dr. still seems a little confussed as to what exactly is causing the high feavers, severe sweats - soaking the bed sweats, low white blood cell count along with the all the symptoms of crohn's which we are all two familiar with.  After blood tests daily, CAT scan, ultra sounds, EKG - due to a drop in BP and erratic heart rate (electrolight imbalance).  So here we sit as he is about to go for another CAT Scan .  The Dr.'s believe that he has a viral infection in his bowl (we are still waiting on the results)  which is why he is not reacting to the Crohn's medication (predisone admin by IV. , flagyl and Cipro). So we need to control the CMV virus before he can go on Remicaide.  They said this virus sits in all our systems but usually stays inactive unless triggered by something and it is very rare to have it triggered.   They believe the trigger may be from all the drugs he is on.  When the nurse comes in I will ask if I have the right name of the virus but I am pretty sure the Dr. said CMV.
I just arrived here so I am still trying to understand the whole picture. If anyone has experienced anything similar I would love some insight. Of course our worry is always the worst.
Very Concerned Daughter.

CD since 1988,

Cocktail of medications ( Remicade included) and have explored many herbal remedies.

Currently experiencing another flair up after 4 years of remission.


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   Posted 11/8/2007 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
CMV is cytomegalavirus- I think that is spelled right.
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft

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   Posted 11/8/2007 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hope your Dad will be feeling better soon. It is a virus from the family that causes chicken pox and stuff from the herpes family of viruses from what I looked up. Can be caught from body fluids so wash your hands . Is he on the immune suppresants if he is then that makes it harder to get rid of and usually makes a person sicker. Hope this helps some . Just look up CMV virus. Best Wishes to you and your Dad. lol gail

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   Posted 11/8/2007 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to yell you that I am so sorry that your dad is going through this,I know how hard it is to watch your dad lay in that bed and please know that I will keep your dad and you in my thoughts and prayer.My dad was in the hospital a couple of weeks ago he was diagnosed with Small Bowel Syndrom and had to have 22inchs of his small intestions removed.So I know how you are feeling.Please take care of your self so you will be able to be there for your dad.Please let us know how he is doing.

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