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  1. DougUte

    Long distance travel and Crohns.

    In 2 weeks my wife and I are going for a two week trip to Indiana. We're going by car because we have stops we want to make along the way. I sometimes have very urgent bowel movements and am a bit worried about if one goes while we are out in the middle of nowhere. Would you suggest I make...
  2. DougUte

    Being told I should take FMLA leave.

    I am an auditor for the State of Utah. I do payroll audits on companies paying state unemployment tax. It is coming on performance review time. For the last performance year I have turned in 81 audits, which is 21 more than the minimum for passing. I also have investigations I need to do and I...
  3. DougUte

    Friability of Colon

    I just had a colonoscopy, my fifth overall, and found the only possible reason for blood in my stools was an area of friability in my cecum, at the anastomosis site from my surgery in 2010. I had no idea what friability was, but my GI told me yesterday. What I have found on the web is it is a...
  4. DougUte

    Blood in Stool

    Unlike a lot of Crohnies, this is new to me. Today I started having blood with my stools. The blood is actually outside of the stool. As of a colonoscopy last spring I did not have hemroids so I am thinking that is not the issue. The blood is bright red which indicates it is happening...
  5. DougUte

    Shortness of breath and swollen feet

    The last few weeks I have had swollen feet - appears to be water retention, and for the last month or so I have had shortness of breath. While napping, I have waken up several times gasping for breath. I also have sleep apnea and wear a cpap machine at night, so I have not had the problem then...
  6. DougUte

    Injection Malfunctions

    I thought it would be good to have a place we can post about our occasional injection mishaps we have. My wife gives me my injections. Last night I a laying back in the recliner with my headphones on, listening to music, which relaxed me before the shot. Sandy is getting the pen ready. She took...
  7. DougUte

    How long does one stay on Humira?

    :sign0085:I have had pain in the right side of my abdomen, at my surgery site. I am on Humira, Budesonide, and Loperimide to control the "D". My "D" has been gradually getting worse over the last few months. More trips to the bathroom, more pain. Yesterday I went to the G.I. and he has put me...
  8. DougUte

    Humira approved by FDA for Ulcerative Colitis

    I thought this should be posted here. http://www.drugs.com/newdrugs/fda-approves-humira-ulcerative-colitis-3517.html
  9. DougUte

    Study shows IBD flares caused by high altitude?

    I am not about to stop going to places over 6500 ft in elevation just because of this study. I have Crohns, it does not have me. But see this for yourself. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_125600.html
  10. DougUte

    Flaring again

    I have been off Prednisone for three Weeks and my flare is back. Also I have been having problems with my Humira injections.I use the pens and for some reason I am not getting all the medicine. Each time I have medicine run down my abdomen from the injection site. Anyway the pain and the D are...
  11. DougUte


    I talked to Jessi today. She has asked me to explain to everyone why she is not spending much time on the forum lately. Her family has been going through many trials the last few months. Her husband James had knee surgery, which has taken some time to recover. In the last few Weeks James...
  12. DougUte

    Traveling with IBD

    Interesting study results. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_121286.html
  13. DougUte

    Budesonide fail. Starting Prednisone

    This flare will not go away. Still having D issues and some control problems. Doc put me on a 40 mg taper. 2 weeks at 40, 2 at 20, 2 at 10, 2 at 5. Hope this does it then Humira maintains it. This is my first time ever on the Pred! I am getting little sleep and it is causing my tremors (I...
  14. DougUte

    Stress Attack - Flare Up

    My Crohns has flared up its ugly head and it is no secret what has set it off. My wife has been diagnosed with Epilepsy. She has been suffering from seizures almost every day for the last 6 weeks or so, 4 of which were bad enough to warrant a 911 call and ambulance ride to the hospital. Her...
  15. DougUte

    6mp - Azathiroprine - Risk of Skin Cancer

    I have not been on either of these meds. I am on a mailing list for medlineplus.com for bowel disease news and recieved this in my email this morning and thought I would pass it along to the forum. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_118992.html It talks about the use of...
  16. DougUte

    Genetic Research

    This was published on August 11th, 2011 by the University of Utah School of Medicine. I am just copying and pasting this. See http://healthcare.utah.edu/publicaffairs/news/current/08115CrohnsGuthery.htm Aug 5, 2011 10:52 AM (SALT LAKE CITY)—Evolution isn’t always neat. New research led...
  17. DougUte

    Diseased tissue found again.

    I had a colonoscopy this morning. This is my annual scope. Apparently CD has appeared again, at the surgery site. I have a small but inflamed area. Explains my narrow stools. I am so upset about this. I had 2.5 feet of bowel removed last October. My (*&%#(*^$#% Insurance company did not...
  18. DougUte

    My 8 Month Insurance Fight is OVER!!!!

    After 8 months of fighting,,,,,, I GET TO START HUMIRA NEXT WEEK!!!!!!! The MED has finally been approved. I am so excited to get on a med that actually can make a difference for me!
  19. DougUte

    Tremors and giving an injection.

    I (hopefully) will be starting on Humira shortly. I think we have finally got through the insurance battle, but I am still waiting for the insurance company to finally say yes. When I can finally order the med, I need to know if I should go with Pen or Syringe. Along with Crohn's I also have...
  20. DougUte

    Northern Utah Crohn's/UC Support Meetings

    I am working with a friend of mine to start a Crohn's/UC support group in Northern Utah. Next Meeting is April 21st in Logan, UT. We are intending to rotate every month between Logan and Ogden. This group is being sponsored through Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Anyone who...