For me I've noticed it always happens in April. Years ago, when I was 16 I had allergies but I was told it was probably Crons disease and that my stomach and intestines were likely falling apart.
Does anyone know how depressing it is to hear your DR telling you that your stomach and intestines are falling apart, that your antibodies are rejecting your body and that your body is a ticking time bomb to tear itself apart within the next 5 years?! What about the fact that they tell you your only going to live until your 18 unless you take this terrifying test to prove them wrong!
They made me take tests, I've drunk 4 barrium shakes, and had 2 colonoscopies to date. I hate barrium shakes with a passion. They have a terrible taste to them, and most of the hospitals do not have the flavorings that the doctors who end up needing to drink these shakes in med school have!
I hate Nurses and Doctors who are evil and take a terrified teen's walkman/ipod away right before the colonoscopy because it was playing soothing music that they found bothersome and/or annoying! And I hate them for slapping my cute little 16 yr old butt because I am FOREVER STUCK WITH THAT MEMORY!were knocking me out with anestegia If I ever find her, she is DEAD! I know what she looks like, I remember her FACE clearly like it was 2 hours ago. I am for eye for an eye punishment that *****!
Do not send your children to get a colonoscopy, if they have allergies and joint pain. Do not leave them alone with Nurse or Doc or Anethesiast, even if they are butt-naked on an operating table because the risk and temptation of adults strangers using anestegia to abuse them is too darn HIGH!
The Dr. I saw who 'read' my tests because I was a minor made a major mistake and diagnosed me with Cron's disease. For a decade I took the depressent Asacol under the belief that I was treating Crons disease and my flare-ups which like clock work always, ALWAYS happened every early April until May although sometimes late March were blamed on me not taking my medicine properly.
My Flare ups were characterized by chronic arthritis in all of my joints. Shoulders, elbows, upper/lower back, especially knees, ankles, wrists. With corproal tunnel in my ankles and wrists. This pain always lasts for 3-5 weeks. It leaves me weak, disoriented and confused about what day/month it is, I have dizzy spots where if I stand up/walk out of a theatre I absolutely have to cling to my friends to stay upright. All the great movies come out in April/May and I need to keep up w/em. Dizzy spots also maintaining balance standing up, and occasionally with walking straight. Vision flashes, sometimes a central black spot, sometimes a central white spot. Always May/April/June/August.
Sometimes it is bad enough to make people ask me why I'm crying when I'm not. I was also taking Allegra D, Claritin, Allegra 24 hr which seemed to help, but I still suffered from mystery joint pain despite taking Asacol and Allegra together.
Although I swear taking the Asacol did help on a minor degree in reducing joints pain. I found Alleve works 100% better than that Asacol stuff.
As far as yearly joint pain goes, I swear I feel like a creeky old 90 year old person when it happens. Walking, standing, bending over all painful. Carrying anything over 5 lbs. even more painful! Prolly won't be capable of moving during the month of April when I get to 90.
Skaldi, I did a little editing on your post. We do have quite a few children who are members. In other words, we need to keep our posts "G" rated.
Post Edited By Moderator (Another Day) : 5/11/2008 8:19:07 PM (GMT-6)