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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 54
   Posted 2/21/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Last year I spent a lot of time on this site after an abcess prompted an emergency ileostomy. It was so great to have such suppport when no one I knew could really understand my concerns. After my reversal, I spent two more hospitalizations for intestinal obstructions. After a ridiculous amounts of tests, I finally swallowed a pillcam and after two weeks it was discovered that it was stuck in my small bowel. After the fourth surgery, in 10 months, ( a resection to take out the pillcam and scar tissue), I seem to finally be getting back to normal. I am back to my yoga classes and working out at the gym. I am 54 years old, and it really took a lot out of me, but with the help of the people on this site, I made it through a very difficult year. :)

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 2/21/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so glad you're doing better and that you found comfort from all of the wonderful people here while you were going through all of those surgeries. Now, you can stop by in between yoga class and going to the gym to help others as they go through what you went through. :-)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 3115
   Posted 2/21/2009 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear you are on the mend! Keep in touch:)

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 788
   Posted 2/21/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh man! That's a bunch of surgeries to go through in 10 months!
I'm glad you made it through and I hope for you it's only clear sailing from now on. :)
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1998
   Posted 2/21/2009 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear that things are working out for you and you are back to doing the things that you enjoy. When folks disappear, they usually are back to enjoying their lives again! Keep in touch and "pass it forward" to those that need to hear from folks like you.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 303
   Posted 2/21/2009 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW , you have really been through a tough time for sure. Who would of thought that a pillcam could be so dangerous! I don't intend to swallow one in the near future. Yoga can make any situation bearable.

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 147
   Posted 2/22/2009 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have swallowed a pillcam two different times, but I didnt have any problems though
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
If you want to know more, just ask me!
"Don't worry about failure, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try"

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 280
   Posted 2/22/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear that you are finally on the mend, hope you continue to get stronger!

Originally diagnosed with CD in 1991
Now saying "Undetermined Colitis"
3 step Jpoucher as of 4-15-08

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