Tattoo's, increased risk or no?

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Numb78
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   Posted 5/30/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I am really thinking of getting a tattoo if I ever get out of this current flare, kind of a celebratory thing. I'm starting to feel a little better after last week's remi infusion and I'm hoping that things will keep heading in that direction after the rest of my loading doses.

So now I'm wondering being on Imuran and Remicade if I could put myself at serious risk by getting a tattoo or have other people on this board got tattoo's while on these drugs. I'm a little worried about the Remi. I talked to my GI but he is extremely old school and doesn't understand why even healthy people would get tattoo's. So I'm not really listening to his advice on the subject. The place I plan to go is one of the best shops around this area and is extremely clean and well respected.

Please let me know what your experiences are on the subject. More often then not I think the people on this board are more well informed then the GI doc's anyway!!

Thanks.
29 year old male, diagnosed after bad flare in Summer 2005, quickly brought into remission by pred and salofalk. 2 years symptom free after that!!
Currently in a flare since summer 07 - I desperately miss remission!!!

Current Meds: 40mg of prednisone after IV steriods during hospital stay, 4000mg salofalk, calcium supplements, Pantoloc, Buscopan, Clonazopam, Cortenema
Started 100mg Imuran Jan 15/08 - no noticeable effect yet... aside from nausea, vomiting, fatigue...
Started Remicade May 21/08... results yet to be seen, but hopefully this will do the trick..


ediekristen
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   Posted 5/30/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have seven tattoos and I've had UC since 14 so I've gotten them all on some form of drug :) The most recent was on Imuran and I had no problems. The only one I got while on prednisone though lost some color, BUT it was also on my ankle which probably has a lot to do with that.

The most important thing is that you RESEARCH thoroughly any potential shops, find one that is clean, reputable, and who has a great artist that can match the style of tattoo you want. And always remember "Good tattoos are never cheap, cheap tattoos are NEVER good!"

"I have seven tattoos and I've had UC since 14 so I've gotten them all on some form of drug :) The most recent was on Imuran and I had no problems. The only one I got while on prednisone though lost some color, BUT it was also on my ankle which probably has a lot to do with that.

The most important thing is that you RESEARCH thoroughly any potential shops, find one that is clean, reputable, and who has a great artist that can match the style of tattoo you want. And always remember "Good tattoos are never cheap, cheap tattoos are NEVER good!"

:) Good luck. I can't wait for my next one... It's truly addicting.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of the spine from long term prednisone use.

Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
Digestive Advantage: Crohn's and Colitis formula (2 pills per day, started 5/14/08)
125mg Azathioprine
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)
 
 
 


jujub
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   Posted 5/30/2008 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, what Ediekristen said. Reputable licensed shops are inspected and clean. They use disposable needles or sterilize everything between clients. A tatoo in a good shop should be as safe as getting blood drawn at the lab.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 5/31/2008 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sure you'll be fine- I have a lot of tattoos, & just recently got a big one on my calf- this was in March of '08. I'm on both Imuran & Remicade & have been on both for a long time now. But I had no problems re. the tattoo healing or losing color or anything like that. I would hope you would go to an artist you trust!!! Have fun!
 

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 
 


Pooie1981
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 5/31/2008 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I got a tattoo on my ankle while I was on Asacol. I never gave it any thought really. I "think" they make you fill out a form anyway and declare what meds you are one, etc etc. I fully intend on getting another one before October.. I am gettin married on Oct and would like a tattoo on the side of my foot that says "Freedom." It's to remind me of what kind of relationships I was in before <very controlling> and what kind of life and freedom my husband to be has given me. He is truly amazing, my angel. :)
I thought it would make a cool picture.. me in my dress sitting on the beach and the word freedom showing on my foot. Thats why I wanna get it before my wedding day!!

Good luck with the tattoo !!!! :)
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed May 2004
Sulfasalazine 500MG as needed <usually one pill a day> until I see my GI
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid
Currently in a flare since March 6 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


ediekristen
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   Posted 5/31/2008 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Aww, Pooie that sounds awesome :) Congrats on the wedding and the wonderful husband to be.
It's funny because I had a similar plan if I ever have surgery for my UC... I thought of either getting the word freedom somewhere like right by one of the surgery scars, or I'd get a large colorful phoenix on my side.... :)

I'm always planning my next one, it's just a matter of saving money!! Haha
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of the spine from long term prednisone use.

Current Meds:
10mg Lexapro (for depression/social anxiety)
Digestive Advantage: Crohn's and Colitis formula (2 pills per day, started 5/14/08)
125mg Azathioprine
4800mg Asacol (Four 400mg tablets, three times a day)
 
 
 

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