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    BC pharmacare coverage for Humira

    Glad to hear it's working out for you and maybe things are different in Canada, but in the US, just about everything the government touches gets screwed up in very short order. One can look at the Veterans Administration healthcare in the US over the last 25+ years and see what a nightmare it...
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    BC pharmacare coverage for Humira

    Will they make exceptions if a physician says you need a given medication and a "biosimilar" is not an acceptable alternative? Blanket policies like this really concern me, as the idiots who write them are usually bean counters know nothing about medicine or pharmacology and could care less...
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    Yogurt as a cure for Covid-19 and Crohn’s disease?

    The way the article is written, it sounds like someone bucking for grants to fund a pet project. The headline is a classic example of bad journalism. Yogurt gives me instant nausea if I eat it. Always has. And I've never understood why.
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    crohns disease and sunny weather

    As MLP said, some meds make you more sensitive to sunlight than you would be normally. It's also very common for people with Crohn's to have skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, etc., that can be aggravated by overexposure to sunlight.
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    when to take the vaccine if taking biologics

    My GI and GP specifically told me NOT to take the vaccine. It has not been studied or demonstrated on people with Crohn's or who take immuno-suppressors and potential interactions and long term effects are not known. Plus, many of us with Crohn's also have secondary conditions that accompany it...
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    I feel like heartbreak has physically caused a crohn's flare up

    Stress and other extreme emotional states can contribute to flares. I'm really sorry to hear what happened. I know it's easier said than done, but try not to let going through the grieving cycle drag you down to the point that it affects your health. You need to find a way to re-channel the...
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    My Daugter Tested Positive For Covid. Reassuring Story.

    Glad to hear her symptoms are mild. Keep an eye on her the next couple of weeks just to make sure nothing else shows up. This has to be one of the weirdest phenomena of modern times. It seems that no two people have the same symptoms or reaction to contracting the virus. A friend of mine...
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    Lasik eye surgery

    Glad to hear it went well and that it's working!
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    Alcohol and humira?

    I agree with the others - ask your doctor and follow their advice. I don't do much socially anymore, but on the rare occasion I do, my crew has become used to me ordering a Coke while the rest of them order drinks. I became the designated driver by default.
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    Humira and Covid-19 risk and vaccine

    Two of my doctors said just the opposite - both my GP and my GI said they recommend that I NOT take the vaccine. Their reasoning is that while it's not a "live" vaccine, the long term effects are still unknown and potential reactions to it are still being discovered. I've had problems with flu...
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    Urinary Incontinence, a Wee Dilemma.

    See if your GP or gastroenterologist can refer you to a urologist. It sounds like you might have an overactive bladder, or being in your 50s, it might be something related to the hormonal change that you ladies go through. Either way, you should see a urologist just to make sure it's not a sign...
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    Lasik eye surgery

    I'm a bit too cautious sometimes, but I would strongly consider holding off on anything that's not medically necessary until when/if the covid situation calms down. Especially being on an immunosuppressant. Also, I'm not sure how old you are, but they're finding out that if you have the...
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    Possible osteoporosis

    Thanks for the well wishes! I finally got the results of the bone density scan. Spine isn't too bad, but my hips have a lot of deterioration. I was diagnosed as having osteopenia, but told that I am getting dangerously close to osteoporosis. One hip was -1.8, the other was -2.2. Was told that...
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    Your Diet... Triggers versus Safe/Healing Foods?

    This is the type of question that if you ask a hundred different people, you're likely to get a hundred different answers. I'll try to describe my own experience, so here goes. As the saying goes, your mileage may vary.... I never identified any particular "trigger" foods. That is, foods that...
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    Mouth ulcers, a sign of an inflamatory bowel condition ?

    I would get them very often before I was fortunate enough to achieve remission. Unfortunately, I don't know of any way to prevent them, but I would rise with salt water 3x-4x a day to soothe them. If I thought one of them was getting infected, I would use a diluted hydrogen peroxide rinse.
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    Pain killers

    Not trying to sound harsh, but one thing I've found that's helpful is describing where the pain is and what it feels like. Medical personnel tend to pay more attention to someone who is able to give a good description and who seems serious about solving the problem versus asking for medicine for...
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    Heard from Doc today

    Glad to hear she's eating better. Hopefully things will continue to slowly improve. Believe me, I can understand medical rebellion and mutiny, especially being young. I probably would have done something similar if anyone had been able to figure out what was wrong with me back then!
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    Possible osteoporosis

    Have any of you who are middle aged and suffered from Crohn's for years been diagnosed with osteoporosis or other bone issues? About two weeks ago, I woke up one morning with intense pain in my right foot. I went to my family doctor, who at first suspected gout, but took an x-ray and saw I had...
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    Heard from Doc today

    Not trying to sound unsympathetic at all, but hopefully this was a learning experience for her. A good friend of mine has a son who is a Type 1 diabetic. He went off to school and got lax on his insulin regimen. Needless to say he was in the hospital for a lengthy stay and ended up having to...
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    Availability of restrooms during COVID?

    Like most of you have probably been doing, I have been minimizing my trips out during this COVID insanity. I was in a situation last week where I had to go to an appointment that involved a round trip of about 130 miles. I noticed that virtually every location that I would depend on for a...
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