Erythema Nodosum.. aka little red bumps! HELP.

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Pooie1981
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   Posted 4/24/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay... so I was reading back to posts from the beginning of the month about fistulas, etc.. but there was also mention of erythema nodosum. I think I have this!! I didn't mention it to my doctor the other day because I thought I had gotten bitten by something in the yard the other day. Once I googled this word... I was shocked!! I have about 6 of these bumps on one shin that I got the other day... and on my other shin is a dark flat purple one which I had for a few weeks... it started out as what I thought was a bite and is now just purple.... the pictures I found on here match up too... and since I have been having a flare since March.. and all this leg and joint pain.. this term erythema nodosum makes sense. :O(

What I need to know is.. is it serious enough that I should make another appt with my doctor asap or is it okay to wait and see how I respond to the meds he just gave me Tuesday and wait until the middle of May when I am suppose to see him again? I think its just another symptom of my flare from what I have just read on other sites... but I would appreciate some advice!!!

Thank YOU.... as always... you guys are great.

:O)
Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed May 2004
Sulfasalazine 500MG 4 times per day
Prednisone 5MG 3 per day for next 10 days
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid


MathGeek
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   Posted 4/24/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I have Erythema nodusm, have had it for 15 years! It comes and goes on its own, and now that I have UC, they tell me it will come and go with the flares. As soon as your flare is under control, they should clear up. I've never treated them before the UC and they always cycled their way gone. They are definetly no fun tho. Mine itch on top of everything else! I'd just call and let them know, let them decide if it warrants a visit... :)

Good luck!
31 yr old female
Dx'd in 2/2008 UC (not sure how much, or where, LOONG story there, i'm sure i'm getting another scope soon)
Asacol 12xday, Rowasa 2xday (off these for now waiting for pred to work)
Prednisone 40 mg/day


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   Posted 4/24/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like EN.
It is important and to inform your dr. about this. Maybe call him and speak to him and tell him whats going on, and ask him what he thinks (if you should wait or come in earlier than your next appointment).

I was diagnosed with UC a year ago, was on prednisone for 3 months and as i was tapering off it, i developed EN. Your story sounds exactly like mine. I thought it was a bite or twop and didnt even consider going to the dr abt it until they got bigger and uncomfortable, hot to the touch etc. He switched me to 6MP (Mercaptopurine) which does the same kind of thing as Prednisone but does not have the same side effects as it. cleared up within a few days and never heard from since.
Dx: Dec. 2006 with UC
F, 23, NYC
Thank G-d - Prednisone then 6MP, Rowasa and Asacol brought remission
Now Asacol 4tabs 2x a day.
Muiltivitamin, Iron and Folic Acid supplements


Pooie1981
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   Posted 4/25/2008 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you guys... will phone him today just to "let him know" ... my bumps itch as well.... just another reason why I thought they were bites. They seem to be getting a flatter more purple look already....

Thanks, as always for the advice.
Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed May 2004
Sulfasalazine 500MG 4 times per day
Prednisone 5MG 3 per day for next 10 days
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid

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