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   Posted 3/30/2006 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I noticed Sarita was also on the Crohn's forum & I really need some info.  Can you guys go read my Post in the Crohn's forum titled "suddenly feel fine"  Thanks - I was well informed when I thought I had IBS, but now it might be Crohn's & I'm feeling clueless.
Suddenly feel completely fine

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   Posted 3/30/2006 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought I would insert the link to make things easier.

Good luck!
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   Posted 3/30/2006 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
The only thing I can give insight on is the canker sore issue. I used to get them A LOT (a least a couple a month). My doc prescribed Vitamin B12 and told me to take probiotics. I've been taking both for several months and I've only had a few canker sores since.
Maybe you could just try the probiotic route. ??? If you're not already taking them.
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   Posted 3/30/2006 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Keeping in mind that I'm no doc, but I do have CD...reading your symptoms doesn't exactly sound like text-book CD but that's not to say it isn't either...there are mild, moderate and severe cases of everyone can get canker sores from time to time, it's usually caused by too much acidic foods/drinks, popcorn, granola, sugary drinks/foods, ect...the mouth sores asscociated with crohns are not your typical looking canker sores they're usually in the mouth, often the roof of the mouth and instead of round and being a bump that sticks up they're odd shaped and indented, actually the oposite of a canker sore, but that's not to say that having frequent actual canker sores for a crohnie never happens, because for some it does.

I would definitely go the probiotic route regardless, but most importantly I would see a GI and have the usual tests done to find out what is going on rather then compare to a disease, when it could be something less severe or maybe even more serious, not trying to scare you, but it's best to get checked by a good GI, request the best, don't waste your time.

good luck and take care

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   Posted 3/31/2006 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   


Inflammatory Bowel Disease can be tricky to diagnose, and so can Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  They have lots of similarities.  Generally speaking, all of the diagnostic tests (including colonoscopy, small bowel series, CT scan, stool tests, blood work) will be negative if you have IBS, and at least one, but probably more, of those will be positive if you have IBD.  Sometimes you can have some positive tests - I myself had an abnormal small bowel series and abnormal stool studies - but they still are hesitant to diagnose you if you are not a "typical" case.  It's weird, but understandable - our guts are really difficult to understand and docs just can't know absolutely everything about them.  I'm still waiting for a diagnosis.  Have been for a year.

My guts got a bit better there for a while; I started going 2-4x/day instead of 6-10 and that was great.  It occurred gradually and then they gradually started getting worse again.  Now they are back to "baseline" (6-10).  My advice to you is to keep a symptoms diary and a food diary that you can bring to your GI so he can see how your symptoms are on a day-to-day basis. 

Your colonoscopy should tell a lot.  Good luck!

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