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~ChristieAnn67~
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   Posted 2/20/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not seen this addressed before...are any of you anemic? I mean not just anemia from a flare , which I'm sure happens to all of us...but a condition called "anemia of chronic disease"??
I am now anemic with every CBC I have ,  and my doctor says it attributed to my "anemia of chronic disease".    I have had a full iron study done,  and  B12 done and those were ok I guess.   But now when I"m anemic the doctor doesn't think its a big deal.     I get a bit concerned, but I[m not sure if I should be...anyone else have this???? 
                                          ~Christie
41 yo RN, happily married, with 2 beautiful daughters, Tianna(14 yo) and Alyssa(10 yo).   Diagnosed L sided Ulcerative Colitis in Jan '04 and Diabetes type 2 in June '05.
                                         Medications
Remicade infusions ~ 11/6/07, 12/6/07, 12/20/07, 2/14/08,  6-MP 100mg daily, Pentasa 500mg twice a day, prednisone 20mg 10mg 5mg daily, Nexium 40mg twice a day, Lantus insulin 45 35 25 20 units daily, Novolog 10 8 5 units with sliding scale at meals, Amaryl 2mg daily, multi-vitamin daily, Calcium daily, B complex vit daily,  and pro-biotics daily.


jujub
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   Posted 2/20/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hm, I'm a nurse too, and I never heard that term before either, so I Googled it. (I Google everything now.) Merck says it is an anemia where the marrow is prevented from producing enough new RBC's, usually as a result of chronic infection, inflammation or cancer. It also said it's usually asymptomatic, and is treated by treating the underlying disease. Here's the link:

http://www.merck.com/mmpe/sec11/ch130/ch130d.html
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 
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princesscolon
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 733
   Posted Yesterday 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry to hear that you are having problems. I can't help but wonder if it is the Remicade. When I was having those killer joint pains, they tried to tell me I had developed Arthritis due to UC. Really? Overnight and severe like that? Hmm funny how now I am off the Remicade and I have zero joint pain and am exercising and feeling good, except for the darn flares! And how you never had this Anemia and after starting Remicade you do? Hmm. You aren't having bloody bms at all, are you? I'll admit I could be completely wrong about the Remicade. But it's just a guess. Lately I feel like all the meds for UC are like picking your poision. I'd still take Remicade over Prednisone any day, though.
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15, Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, etc... had almost recto-vaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira Feb 11) Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Glucosamine 500, Vitamin B, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica for Fibromyalgia started 1/17/08


~ChristieAnn67~
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 151
   Posted Yesterday 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
princesscolon said...
I am sorry to hear that you are having problems. I can't help but wonder if it is the Remicade. When I was having those killer joint pains, they tried to tell me I had developed Arthritis due to UC. Really? Overnight and severe like that? Hmm funny how now I am off the Remicade and I have zero joint pain and am exercising and feeling good, except for the darn flares! And how you never had this Anemia and after starting Remicade you do? Hmm. You aren't having bloody bms at all, are you? I'll admit I could be completely wrong about the Remicade. But it's just a guess. Lately I feel like all the meds for UC are like picking your poision. I'd still take Remicade over Prednisone any day, though.

Thanks deary!  cool    But,  actually I've had this anemia for quite awhile,  but today I received results from my GI and he marks that its abnormal,  but yet says its ok and that its stable.  I just think its so weird to be abnormal but yet normal.   It hasn't really gotten any worse since Remi...the blood result that HAS gotten worse is my White cell count.  It's below normal,  but the docs don't seem to be too concerned.   And the joint pains have gotten worse since my last flare, and since being on the remi.  But I always had them since the UC diagnosis...it just have gotten worse...and I"m wondering if the prednisone didn't have something to do with it.    It's known that Prednisone/steroids "ages"  you quicker than normal..so now I have joints of a 50 year old perhaps???  
                                          ~Christie
41 yo RN, happily married, with 2 beautiful daughters, Tianna(14 yo) and Alyssa(10 yo).   Diagnosed L sided Ulcerative Colitis in Jan '04 and Diabetes type 2 in June '05.
                                         Medications
Remicade infusions ~ 11/6/07, 12/6/07, 12/20/07, 2/14/08,  6-MP 100mg daily, Pentasa 500mg twice a day, prednisone 20mg 10mg 5mg daily, Nexium 40mg twice a day, Lantus insulin 45 35 25 20 units daily, Novolog 10 8 5 units with sliding scale at meals, Amaryl 2mg daily, multi-vitamin daily, Calcium daily, B complex vit daily,  and pro-biotics daily.

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