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  1. mharvey90

    Any Nurses or other healthcare workers with IBD?

    Hey everyone, I'm currently a post-bacc student doing and accelerated RN program, will graduate in Dec. 2013. I get a lot of comments from friends/family that are discouraging in my ability to work 12 hour shifts as an RN with my disease, or that immunosuppression from Crohn's meds will have me...
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    Having a friend with the same disease

    Hey guys, Who here has a close friend or relative that has Crohn's? I'm 23, and I don't know anybody personally that has Crohn's (except my Aunt, but she has always had it very mild and never had to deal with the severe symptoms and complications that I have.) Most people I talk to and tell...
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    Severe immunosuppression from Humira and/or Imuran(6MP)

    Hey everyone, Back in May of this year I was hospitalized for a chronic 104 degree F fever, which after 5 long days was determined to be caused by CMV (cytomegalovirus) infection. I was immediately pulled off of the Humira and 75mg mercaptopurine I was taking to treat my Crohn's. All was good...
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    Diagnosed with Fistula...noooo

    I'm back on the forum guys, for those that may remember my posts from a year or so back!! Just found out today that I have a fistula connecting my anastomosis in my small bowel to my rectum. This was missed by my colonoscopy a month ago, and was discovered from a small bowel follow through on...
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    How can I waterproof my PICC dressing, as well as my JP dressing?

    I'm getting extremely sick of having to be extra careful in the shower to avoid getting my dressings wet...so I'm wondering if any of you have a failproof method, or a product reccomendation on what i can use to waterproof my picc line dressing (inserted in my upper arm, not far above the bend...
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    Cleveland Clinic...looking for advice/reccomendations

    Hey everyone.....life has been hectic lately running around from appointment to appointment, moving into a new apartment, and preparing to start school again, all while dealing with a picc line in my arm and a jp drain in my abdomen. some of you may or may not remember the posts i had posted...
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    Anastomotic Leak after resection...desperate for help

    Hey everybody. Once again, I'm sorry I have not been active on the forum lately. I've been so sick that I have barely spent any time on the computer. But I'm so desperate for you guys to share some stories with me that may help me out. I had a small bowel resection on May 20th. I found out a...
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    Fentanyl Pain Patch, questions

    Hey guys, I posted a whole page in the general discussion forum about my surgery and all of the complications that came along with it. so if you want any background info, please feel free to check out that post! anyways, I've been in the hospital 3 weeks now and they want to send me home on...
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    Having tons of complications after surgery on the 20th. Warning- long.

    Hello everybody, I'm back. After typing all of this, I realized how ridiculously long it is. I don't expect you guys to actually read the entire thing, I just figured I'd share my story with people other than my family, friends, and hospital staff. Also, I want to have my story available for my...
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    Coffee= liquid death

    Grrrrr, so I have decided to play a little trial-and-error with my all time favorite study buddy; coffee. Last school year when I was a freshman in college, I had at least one cup of coffee most days. By the end of the year, I was in a terrible flare up. Since then, I have pretty much cut...
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    Surgery scheduled...nervous!

    After nearly a year in all-out flare mode, with many medications tried and no relief, we have finally made the decision to go ahead and get a resection done. I had surgery done in 2002 when I was only 12 years old to remove about 6 inches of my terminal ileum. My crohn's has reoccurred in the...
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    Crohn's and colostomy bags

    So, I had an appt. with a surgeon a couple of weeks ago discussing my Crohn's. And I've stopped responding to medication and I will be getting surgery in May (have to wait til my classes end.) And my dad and I asked about the chances of ending up with a colostomy bag after surgery, and the...
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    Good news regarding accommodations at my college

    So as many of you may know from my posts, I have been struggling with pretty bad bowel spasms for the past 8 months at least. I am a sophomore at a pretty large university of about 30,000 people. I've been finding it increasingly difficult last semester as well as this semester to deal with the...
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    Chronic fatigue...just another one of my problems

    chronic fatigue...just another one of my problems For the past couple of months now I've been noticing that I've been very tired all the time lately. Now this isn't something that's completely uncommon for me, or for many of you for that matter, cause I had my terminal ileum removed 7 years...
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    Anybody have Constipation instead of typical diarrhea?

    So, when I was first diagnosed with Crohn's at age 9, they found that I had a severe blockage, and probably had not had a bowel movement for weeks before that. I was severely constipated. And for all of my childhood, I remember ALWAYS being constipated (I hated pooping 'cause it was always...
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    Low-Residue diet

    Hello everyone, I posted a thread the other day asking people for suggestions for food to eat on a soft food diet. However, I would like to be more specific in saying that I am officially starting myself on a Low-Residue diet. I have a stricture, which causes a lot of constipation for me, not...
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    So desperate...Please help! Offer any suggestions!!

    SOFT FOOD DIET HELP!!!! I am really desperate to find some way to calm down my bowel spasms I am having from my stricture. I have this pesky stricture in the area where my ileum was (which I had removed 7-8 years ago.) I've been on Remicade and Humira and nothing has seemed to help, and I've...
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    Starting ALIGN and an Increase in Humira, QUESTIONS!

    Well I have been curious about probiotics for a long time. I asked my doc about them today and he recommended that I try Align, which I am going to start tomorrow. So to those of you that are currently taking Align, or have in the past, or are taking any other probiotic, I have some questions...
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    Dwight D. Eisenhower and Crohn's

    Did anyone know that former president Dwight Eisenhower had Crohn's disease? I just found this out today while at the doctor. I was asking my GI about what foods to avoid and he told me to avoid crunchy, raw vegetables, which led him to telling me that Eisenhower had Crohn's, and had an...
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    H1N1/Seasonal Flu Vaccine

    Since most of us are on some type of immunosuppresant to treat our Crohns, I am interested in seeing how many of you have decided to get either the swine flu shot, seasonal flu shot, or both. I was on Remicade for awhile, and now am on Humira and 150mg of azathioprine, and decided to go ahead...
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