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  1. CrohnsChicago

    Newly Diagnosed Osteoarthritis (Knees)

    Hi Friends! It looks like I've officially joined the arthritis club...YAY!:yrolleyes: Does anyone have suggestions on questions or testing I should ask of my GI as it relates to crohns + arthritis? Before this osteoarthritis diagnosis, the only time I would experience anything similar to...
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    "An Amazonian Tribe May Hold The Secret To Better Gut Health"

    Very interesting read about geography and it's influence on gut health. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/hunter-gatherer-gut-bacteria_n_6994310.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000030
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    The Head of the FDA is Leaving. Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal.

    The Head of the FDA is Leaving. Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds: http://time.com/3697841/fda-margaret-hamburg-resignation/
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    DNA studdy suggests Neanderthals suffered from Crohn's Disease and Psoriasis

    Here's an article I came across today. Pretty interesting:
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    Scientists Create Drug to Replace Antibiotics

    An article from Time Magazine http://time.com/3560432/alternative-drug-replace-antibiotics/
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    Scientists Create Drug to Replace Antibiotics

    An article from Time Magazine http://time.com/3560432/alternative-drug-replace-antibiotics/
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    Any side effects from Allopurinol / 6-mp combo?

    I'm curious to know from those out there that have or are currently using this combination....have you noticed any additional side effects brought on by starting this medication? I've read a bit about the nausea and skin conditions that may arise from it but I would love to hear from...
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    Iodine - A new site explaining meds from both the clinical and patient perspective

    There's a new site that recently launched (it's still in beta form) that hopes to make it easier for people to navigate and provide info, in plain English, better than other medication info sites such as webMD and drugs.com Sounds very interesting. I'm curious to see how this site develops...
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    FDA report: Women having more drug side effects than men

    http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/07/bad-medicine-the-awful-drug-reactions-americans-report/
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    Help Requested: Travel Insurance Company Recommendations

    Hello, I'm taking my first trip to Europe (Barcelona, Spain) at the end of the Summer and am trying to think of all that I need to do to prepare with regards to Crohn's. I will only be gone for a week but I am having trouble figuring out the following info: 1) Can anyone recommend some good...
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    Very confused about my remission.

    Since starting 6-mp in February of 2013, I have managed to achieve my first full remission since diagnosis in early 2012. Since starting 6-mp I have done the standard introductory dosage of the medication with gradual increases. My initial dosage was 75mg. We worked our way up to 150mg over...
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    CrohnsChicago's Fitness Journey

    Tonight is my first very serious commitment to better physical well being since crohn's. I have an appointment with a personal trainer for a physical assessment. I've been in my first remission for some months now and my weight has fluctuated so much since my first flare in 2012. I have lost a...
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    Any Matcha Green Tea Powder Recommendations?

    Any recommendations out there for good matcha green tea powder? We all know or have heard of the benefits of green tea: rich in antioxidants, boosts metabolism, regulating the digestive system and that: Green tea may help reduce inflammation associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative...
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    Question about 6-mp and bleeding gums

    I posted this in EIM/mouth but hoping I could get some advice here too... I have been having a bleeding problem with my gums for a few months now and am curious if it is gum disease, a symptom of 6-mp (mercaptopurine) treatment for crohn's or both. For about 4 or 5 months I have experienced...
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    Bleeding gums and crohn's disease

    I have been having a bleeding problem with my gums for a few months now and am curious if it is gum disease, a symptom of 6-mp (mercaptopurine) treatment for crohn's or both. For about 4 or 5 months I have experienced bleeding gums while brushing my teeth with a soft toothbrush and when...
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    Should I keep HMO or go PPO?

    In need of some help/advice, please :) The time of the year has come again at my job for open enrollment for employee benefits. My chance to alter my medical insurance benefits if I care to do so. I have always done HMO because I never had a significant need for doctors and whatnot before...
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    6 Steps to Start Working Out After You Have Been Sick or Injured

    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11471/6-steps-to-start-working-out-after-youve-been-sick-or-injured.html
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    IBD now linked to increased heart attack/stroke risk

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/25/inflammatory-bowel-disease-stroke-heart-attack-risk_n_4138583.html MAYO CLINIC press release: http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2013-rst/7733.html?src=email-release
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    Poop Pills to help treat C. Diff???

    Clostridium difficile infections are among the most common and toughest ailments to treat in hospitals, spreading to about half a million Americans each year and causing about 14,000 deaths. Antibiotics can treat the bacterial bug, but over-use of these medications can lead to antibiotic...
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    Biotin for Hair Thinning/Hair Loss - Any recommendations?

    Can anyone suggest good biotin supplement brands? I looked at my State ID yesterday and realized how significantly thin and frail my hair has gotten since I have been sick. Pretty depressing to recognize :ywow: Also, could it be it just as effective using only sulfate-free shampoos and...
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