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    Lialda savings card done?

    I take Lialda, and I have always used the Lialda savings card from the manufacturer. With my insurance, a month's supply of Lialda is $75 out of pocket, but with the savings card I only paid $10 out of pocket. But, I got a letter in the mail yesterday from the manufacturer (Shire), saying that...
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    Tmj?

    I think I have TMJ. I had these symptoms maybe 10 or 12 years ago - lots of jaw pain, clicking in the jaw, pain while chewing, and at times my jaw would lock up and I wouldn't be able to open nor close it for a little while. Then it went away on its own and I forgot all about it, until now...
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    Cat's LDN diary

    I figured I should start my own thread for this, so here goes. I've started taking LDN as of 12/10/2016 and I wanted to journal my experiences with it. Bit of background about me: I am not fully diagnosed but I have some type of IBD. I flared up in July 2016, was hospitalized for 5 days in...
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    When Entocort isn't working?

    Hi all, brief history on me - I'm not fully diagnosed yet but it's almost certainly some type of IBD. Entocort has always worked well on my flare-ups in the past, usually it kicks in fairly quickly and I feel noticeably better. However, not this time. I started flaring 4 weeks ago. Called my...
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    Japan and IBD

    I recently spent 3 weeks in Japan, and I wanted to write about my experiences in case it'd help anyone else with IBD who is thinking of travelling to Japan. :) I should note that I was mainly in Tokyo, Kyoto, and I also spent a bit of time in (rural) Ibaraki prefecture, so I can only attest to...
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    Hemorrhoid banding

    I'm curious, has anyone else gotten their hemorrhoids banded? If so, how long did it take for your hemmies to fall off? And did you notice when the hemmies fell off? I had 3 internal hemmies banded last week Thursday. I was told it should take about a week for the hemmies to fall off. They...
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    Prescription drug coverage vent

    For those in the US - anybody else sick and tired of getting jerked around over prescription drug prices and coverage? It's seriously frustrating sometimes and right now my prescription drug coverage provider is kind of screwing me over. My frustration right now is getting Ondansetron (generic...
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    Iron injections vs. Iron infusions?

    I've been dealing with iron deficiency anemia since March of this year due to on-again off-again rectal bleeding (the bleeding has been due to recurrent internal hemorrhoids). Just got my most recent bloodwork results back today and I'm still anemic. (Results are below.) My GI had said that...
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    Blood tests could soon become easier to access

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/08/theranos-walgreens_n_7740112.html I just saw this article - this sounds like it'll be pretty great if it happens. In the future we may just have to go to the pharmacy (and it sounds like it'll cost less) rather than go to the doctor to have certain...
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    Kimchi for mild nausea

    Anybody else tried this? I have a friend who recently went through a really rough pregnancy, and one day while she was still pregnant we were talking about nausea. My friend is Korean-American, and she really enjoys Korean food. She said that she discovered that if she was just a little bit...
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    Flexible sigmoidoscopy - sedation or no?

    I've been having some issues with rectal pain and blood in my stool lately (I'm not usually a bleeder), so my GI has scheduled a flexi-sig for me on April 7th. When we discussed the possibility of a flexi-sig a few weeks ago, all he said was that I would come in, do a couple enemas, then he'd...
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    Got the flu

    So, I went to my in-laws on the 24th. My sis-in-law brought her 5 kids. I noticed that sis-in-law's baby had a lot of snot coming out of her, and my oldest niece informed me that "she's sick, everyone in our family has been sick this week, there's been a 'flu-fever' thing going through our...
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    Spontaneous fracture?

    I'm not certain, but I may have a broken big toe. I had broken my other (left) big toe years ago and this feels extremely similar. When I broke my left toe years ago, it was something sudden and painful that I definitely remember - I was wearing socks but not shoes and I went to my freezer to...
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    Nightshades

    So, nightshades (which include tomatoes, potatoes but not yams, eggplant, peppers including all types -bell peppers, hot peppers, etc). They apparently contain something called glycoalkaloids which can cause issues for some people. I'm wondering, has anyone gone nightshade-free with success...
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    Let's talk about the various types of exercise you can and cannot do

    Let's get some fitness talk going. We all have our own unique skills and setbacks with our illness(es), and certain exercises or types of exercise can be anywhere from easy to impossible depending on what your particular health situation is. What exercises are you able to do, what can't you...
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    Anyone else had a bad reaction to steroid injections?

    2 weeks ago, I had a couple steroid injections into my bad hip. Long story short, GP thinks it's arthritis but doesn't know what kind as he's not a specialist. Rheumy is basically worthless and has no idea, but he said a steroid injection "could help and won't hurt". He feels the cause of my...
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    Sticky Crohn's Forum Candle Room

    I guess it's my turn to light a candle in here - I just got some bad news about a former co-worker. He had been battling throat cancer for a long time, he even went into remission, but then I guess it came back. He had surgery, chemo, radiation, the works. I didn't hear anything from him for...
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    MRI - types of injected contrast?

    Does anyone know offhand if the injected contrast in MRIs is the same for various different type of MRI? I ask because a couple years ago, I had an MRI of my liver (I have benign nodule thingies on it and they wanted a better look). They injected contrast - I don't remember the name...
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    Doctors who are ill/contagious!

    I'm so mad! I know you guys will get it. I just got back from the doctor. I've been nauseous and having blood in my stool for a few days now, and I'm not usually a bleeder, so I went to get checked out. My regular GP is off today so I saw a different doc in the same clinic. I told her my...
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    [ANSWERED] What advice would you give to the newly diagnosed?

    Frequently on the forum we will see new members who have just been diagnosed with Crohn's or Colitis. They are often terrified, having just been told that they have a lifelong, incurable illness. They come here looking for information and answers, but it is all so new and shocking to them that...
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