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   Posted 4/25/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I usually hang out on the crohn's forum but have a couple of questions. My medication, Pentasa does not work at all for my crohn's. My Dr wants to put me on the big guns as he calls them Remicade or Humaria. While having a CT scan for TMJ they noticed something and I had to go back in for an MRI of the brain. They saw Dawson's Fingers but did not say it was MS. After reading about these meds and so many people getting MS, FM or Lupas from these I am afraid if I start them it will bring out MS due to the Dawson's Fingers. What could the Dawson's Fingers be if not MS? Should I be concerned? I live in the Pacific Northwest and I understand we have a higher MS rate here then the average.
Thank You in advanced for your reply.
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DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
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   Posted 4/26/2010 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
You need to go see a neurologist.  Dawson's fingers is just another name for MS lesions.  It is a particular pattern of lesions.  It could be something else but I have only heard Dawson's fingers associated with MS.  Seems to me you should not start a "big gun" therapy until you have seen a neurologist with the results of your MRI. 
I am sorry your Crohn's is so out of control.  Are they still using tysabri for Crohn's?  Tysabri is a drug they use for MS.  It is very very effective for putting the breaks on MS, however it is now considered a drug that you should only take for 18 to 24 months due to PML.  PML is a deadly brain infection that is considered a rare side effect of Tysabri.  Your risk goes up the longer you are on it.  Meanwhile, it is a very effective treatment.
I hope a neuro can rule out MS for you.  I am terribly worried however.  Dawson's fingers doesn't appear to be common at all.  It is considered a pretty classic MS indicator.  Please ask any questions you may want.  Best of luck to you!
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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