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Recent content by ErinDF

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    Sugery -- Laproscopic or open-abdomen??

    Hi all, I feel like many people on this site have had surgery and there is a definite mix of laproscopic surgeries and traditional open-abdominal surgeries. So I thought I'd do a little survey thread :). If you've had surgery, what kind did you have? When did you have it? Was it done...
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    Frustration -- PG here too

    Grarrrr!!!!!!!!!!! Some of you may remember me but I haven't been around as much. A year ago I had an temporary ileostomy done. Unfortunately, my fistula tracks never healed and I developed a serious stricture...so my surgeon and GI recommended making it permanent (as a colostomy). I had...
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    Mixed feelings...success and failure

    Hello, So its been an interesting month. About a month ago now I found out that my ileostomy is probably going to be permanent (the original plan was for it to be temporary). I had a colonoscopy and my doctor found that (a) I still had inflammation after eight months of treatment and...
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    Best benefit of an ileostomy

    So...obviously the BEST benefit of my ileostomy is how much better I feel...but running a VERY close second is the fact that I have to have a colonoscopy tomorrow and I am not drinking disgusting, gut clearing shit. Yay! Seriously...sometimes when I think about the fact that my ostomy may not...
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    Woohoo! Good test result

    I got my CRP done yesterday (for those who don't know, its a blood test that checks for inflamation.) It is supposed to be between 1-5. Over the last year mine has ranged from 35-220 (never below 30). Yesterday it was 3.5. I don't know if its the Tysabri or the temp. ileostomy, but clearly...
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    In hospital, heading towards first surgery?

    Hello all, So I've been in the hospital since Thursday because everything kind of fell apart. The stomach, fistulas, ahttp://www.crohnsforum.com/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=2nd skin infection problems all came to a head at once and when I went to my doctor Thursday I think I felt the worst...
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    Tysabri

    Hello all, So, I did a quick search on here and saw that there isn't a whole lot about tysabri yet. I started it yesterday, so I thought I'd start a thread to share my experience with it. For those of you who don't know what it is, here's the website...
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    Freaking out

    I'm freaking out. I had a colonoscopy today and the doctor said that my whole colon on the left side was inflamed, which officially means the remicaide really wasn't working. Now we're trying Tysabri...which (like Remicaide) has a 60% success rate. So I asked what would happen if it didn't...
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    I just had a total breakdown

    I just broke down in tears because my boyfriend tried to change the channel from the Olympic Opening Ceremony! (Of all things)...I'm not usually like this. But the last day in the half I've had some blood after passing gas (hoping just a hemorrhoid, very worried it is not) and bloating and gas...
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    My First Post -- It Seems to be the Thing To Do

    Hi, I'm 24 and was first diagnosed 11 years ago when I was 13 (yay for Prednisone freshman year of high school, made me totally manic...). I was a competitive swimmer...and I managed to push through and swim all the way through college. Now I'm in law school. I think I've been fairly...
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