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  1. Kuwabara

    Nice Article on the Body Mind link/immune system+Update

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627541.600-picking-our-brains-how-strong-is-the-mindbody-link.html Just an article on the body mind dilemma from a reputable source, and its links to immune system activity. Thought others may like to read. Sorry I haven't been around recently guys. Just...
  2. Kuwabara


    Hey guys, I'm 70% sure that I'm going to book a holiday to Thailand for mid Jan untill Mid-Febraury with a friend. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips regarding their IBD and travelling, or just travelling in general? Basically since I've been on remicade, I feel pretty much symptomless...
  3. Kuwabara

    Vision and Remicade

    Guys just wondering if anyone on Remicade has had problems with their eyes - I'm just getting quite sore itchy eyes. It could be me spending too much time on the Net or something, but in my old job I used to be on the computers 7-8 hours a day, day in day out and not have any problems. I've...
  4. Kuwabara

    Try this out

    Hey guys I found a new weapon in my fight against Crohn's. Its great therapy - going to a comedy club. I went to one on Friday night and spent two hours laughing and smiling my head off(if such a thing can occur) and in the days since its the best I've felt since having this stupid disease...
  5. Kuwabara

    First Remicade Appointment

    Alright guys just had a phone call from my local IBD nurse,I'm due in next Tues for my first Remicade infusion. Apparantly my Barium Meal found an infection in my bowel so they're pushing ahead to get me on remicade ASAP. What should I expect? It is subjective as to what after effects I feel...
  6. Kuwabara

    Stress - What role does it play?

    Hey guys I was wondering what role you thought stress played in your illness. My diagnosis came after a very stressful period in my life - graduating into a economic recession,working an awful job with a tyrannical boss,the girl I loved moving away,friends moving away,missing...
  7. Kuwabara

    Update - Barium Meal

    Hey guys just thought I'd let you know the Barium meal went well today. Took around 2 and a half hours though- last out of the 5/6 people having meals that morning The actual barium wasn't too bad it came in strawberry flavour, but boy is it heavy and viscous. Still I ain't complaining its a...
  8. Kuwabara

    What exactly do we mean by Remission?

    Its seems were all searching for this utopian state of 'remission'. But what is it exactly? Why does remission seem to happen?(well what are the possible explanation's). Do the doctors have any idea why remission may occur in certain case? Does that mean that Crohn's is simply a switch between...
  9. Kuwabara

    Lowering Predisolone = Pain

    Hey guys I'm into week 9 of my 12 week course of predisolone that has been gradually declining. From 8 pills a day to begin with I'm down to 2 now. I'm also taking 8 pentasa a day. Thing is,this weekend I've been getting small flaring pains for the first time in a while - at least since the...
  10. Kuwabara

    Barium Meal

    Hey guys, got a phone call from my Specialist today. I've got a Barium Meal next week, what are these things like? No prep just gotta starve after 9pm the night before. It seems quite straight forward only annoying thing is that it takes three hours. Can you read/listen to your I-Pod between the...
  11. Kuwabara


    Hey guys, I'm planning on a trip to Berlin at the end of the month, its the first time i've been abroad since being diagnosed. I was wondering what people have done travel insurance wise when abroad. Is a European Health Insurance Card suffiicient? Cheers James
  12. Kuwabara

    Excercise and Crohn's

    Hey guys, I've been on medication for 7 weeks now for my recently diagnosed Crohn's. Now I'm a pretty tall guy 6"5 and over the summer I was losing weight due to the disease and I was hovering above 10st.(the nurse reckoned I should be at least 12 if not 13) Now I'm nearly back up towards 11...
  13. Kuwabara

    Crohn's and Surgery

    What % of Crohn's patients have surgery? Is it all? What's the general picture? I'll admit, I am worried- only recently been diagnosed and I feel good after taking medication for 7 weeks now but as I'm 22 I feel like I'm at the top of a great downwards spiral that comes with the worsening of the...
  14. Kuwabara


    Alright guys, Just wondering what people's experiences with alcohol are with their disease? I haven't drank since being diagnosed and I'm 6 weeks into my 12 week course of drugs. Currently on 17.5mg of Presidolone, 8 Pentasa and One Lansaprazole a day. I seriously don't intend to drink...
  15. Kuwabara

    My Story

    Well I've been encouraged to post my story for other users to see. I plan to hang around these forums and help and contribute in any way I can. So to begin. My name is James....and I've got Crohn's disease.... What a revelatation eh?! Now that's out of the way. Basically I'm a Politics...
  16. Kuwabara

    Colonoscopy Bleeding/MRI

    Hi guys, I'm new to this forum but it looks a great place to hang out and get advice etc. Basically on Friday I had a colonoscopy to further investigate my Crohns. I've already had a CT, A Flexi sigmoidoscopy,X Rays,Blood tests and today I've had an MRI scan. So now I have the full works...