We Crohnies tend to get potassium and vitamin D deficient. The last time I was hospitalized I was potassium deficient and they gave me potassium in my IV. That stuff burns. It made my whole arm feel like it was on fire. I now take potassium supplements religiously, I don't want to go through that again. When my PCP told me I was vitamin D deficient, I took that in supplements and it gave me killer migraines. I read that vitamin D3 is a made from a more natural source so I tried it and I tolerate it very well.
I hope you can come to terms with taking so many pills so that you can eliminate one source of stress from your life. Maybe it would help to think about what your life would be like without any pills.
You're welcome to vent here any time. Here's hoping you won't have the need to for a long time.View Thread
Hannah, with friends like that you don't need enemies. Those weren't insensitive comments, they were hateful. You don't need to be taking that kind of BS on top of everything else, please do yourself a favor and put them in the category of ex-friends. Of course you're stuck with the cousin, we're all stuck with our in-laws. The best we can do is minimize contact with the in-laws (or out-laws) like that one.
I sure hope the Cimzia starts working real soon and gives you a break from this flare. Good luck in class.View Thread
I have Crohn's so this may not help you but I go on a mild liquid diet as soon as I realize I'm starting to flare. By mild liquids I mean mainly Ensure and I avoid fruit juices. It's amazing to me how well this can work, in just a few days sometimes.
I hope this helps you but please let me know either way so I'll know if I should recommend it for others with UC.View Thread
I know exactly how you feel Gin. I've been in pain since Jan 1986 and sometimes I'd kill for 10 minutes of relief. So what happens? I get Crohn's which has a dominant symptom of the blockage type pain - waves of intensifying pain.
I wish I could offer something more but at least you know you're not alone. I've been there many, many times, I almost live there. ((((((((((Gin))))))))))View Thread
Wow Gin, I haven't been on for a few days and am really sorry to read this. Ugh is a minimalist comment. I guess you have graphic evidence of all that you have been going through. Hang in there, here's hoping you get better real soon.
There is one thing that helps, go to the exchange main page instead of the discussions only page and the threads show the beginning of the last comment instead of the originator of the thread. If it's a comment you haven't read, then it's new.
It's certainly not as good as the "New" tag but it's better than nothing.
I'm sorry to hear that, Gin. As I understand it, the tunneling mechanism is an abscess that eats it's way along. An abscess is very tender and sensitive to pressure. When there is no pressure, it can be just a mild ache or it can be pretty painful.
I had an abscess many years ago that I would actually forget about until I bumped it, then it would be terribly painful for a little while. I can only assume that a fistula is similar to other abscesses.
I hope the tests show that you do not have a fistula.View Thread
Like you said, Hannah, it'll be a while before you can chose a specialty and you may find something you like even more between now and then. Enjoy yourself as much as you can now, and make your choice when the time comes. There's much to much to do now without worrying about something you can't do yet.