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    Infertility and Crohn's

    Hi group, I recently started on the road to TTC, and enlisted the services of a fertility center due to a marked absence of Y chromosomes willing to participate in the process. In doing the prenatal workup (labs), we found out my FSH is high. Really high: 31.3. I'm 30 years old and it should...
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    So . . .tired.

    Fatigue is my biggest symptom right now and it's kicking my ass. House not clean, grabbing takeout too frequently because I'm too tired to cook (which of course doesn't help the GI business). I work 12hr night shifts and usually have a couple energy drinks bolstered with a coffee or two to stay...
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    Pyoderma Gangrenosum

    Hey guys, I seem to be developing a small bout of this after several years without symptoms. Originally diagnosed as erythema nodosum, but the manifestation is classic PG - small papules/pustules in a cluster that coalesce and eventually ulcerate, peri-wound inflammation with dark violet or...
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    Any New Treatments in the Last Few Years?

    Hi all, After a couple good years (and sort of neglecting any kind of treatment d/t a lack of symptoms - I know, bad), my Crohn's is active again. Going to discuss treatment options in a couple weeks. Is there anything new that has come available in the last couple years, or is it the same...
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    Ow my bum - GE or GP?

    So I've been having rectal bleeding again, and external hemorrhoids. Quick question - should I see a walk-in GP (don't have a family doctor) or wait til my appointment with the GE on the 14th? I'd really like to get these treated once and for all. This is actually not due to Crohn's symptoms but...
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    Calling In Sick To Work?

    How much is too much? I'm trying to be as conscientious as possible about this, and always feel guilty whenever I call in. I work in health care and have had this particular job for 6 months. I've called in three times so far - two were just for a day when I was having excessive gut symptoms...
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    Help - Is this the LDN or something else?

    In the last week my energy has nose-dived. Even just stirring a pan of rice noodles makes my arms feel tired. I've been significantly more depressed, and am sleeping longer. Did bloodwork to check B12, CBC, and iron levels yesterday, so will find out if either of those are the culprit in a few...
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    What does your GE do for you?

    I'm asking because I keep getting the feeling mine may not be as supportive and investigative as he should. I've seen him four times in total, for about 15 minutes each time. Except for kidney and liver function tests for meds, he hasn't sent me for any other bloodwork in the past year and a bit...
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    How to Tell It's Working (or: Is my Doctor a Dumbass?)

    So I talked my GE into trialing LDN, but he hasn't ordered any tests to determine if there's improvement. I asked him at my last appt if we should do blood draws to test for inflammation markers, and he mentioned a stool test that is more precise but he'd have to order it in. Ok, fine. But I...
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    Coccyx Pain + Blood in Stool

    Apologies for the graphic title, I just thought I might as well be up front as possible. About a week ago I started having pain just to the left of my coccyx, which varied from moderate to mild and seemed to be deep tissue pain (i.e. not bone). Now tonight I'm having a moderate amount of frank...
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    Methotrexate and Painful Lymph Nodes

    Hi all, I've been on methotrexate for about a month and a half now, and in the last week started getting swollen, tender lymph nodes - first my neck, now one in my groin. Wasn't concerned about the former, but the inguinal node is a first for me. It's small, firm, and tender to touch. Anyone...
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    In My Mother's Footsteps . . .

    I grew up knowing my mother was ill. Some of my earliest memories were being read to on the couch where she would nap because she lacked, at times, the energy to do more. Several surgeries were required over the years, but not all due directly to her ulcerative colitis. Early on in her...
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    Methotrexate?

    Don't see a lot of threads on it, so just wondering what people's experiences have been. Was on Imuran until just recently but that didn't work out. I'm not terribly concerned about the teratogenic effects, as it is extremely unlikely I'd be trying for a family any time within the next few...
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    Very Restricted Diet - Help!

    Diagnosed with Celiac Disease and Crohn's and still figuring out what I can eat. And since I just recovered from a bout of pancreatitis, I can add "low-fat" to list. My diet must be within the following bounds: Gluten-Free Lactose-Free Low-Sugar Low-Fibre Low-Fat I can't eat a lot of fresh...
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