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The Amazing Ways the Bicy...

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Joined October 2017

Interesting that exercise isn't a choice under "topic". Here is why it should be. https://www.youtube.c... read more

A struggle for months

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Joined October 2017

Hello! My name is Jessica. I am 18 years old and I am a Freshman in college. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in ... read more

listen to your body

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Joined September 2017

 After reading a few of the post here something urged me to tell my story. I have never written on a post before an... read more

Community Forum

Flu shot?
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Joined Oct 12, 2017

They gave me the flu shot and pneumonia vaccine during my hospital stay for a Crohn's flare up.  Like full flare and the nurse comes in and s....

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Newly diagnosed and so ma...
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Joined Oct 31, 2016

I don't know if the humira will help with the mouth sores,but there are  over the counter products that will help numb the pain.  I had ....

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Newly diagnosed and so ma...
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Joined Oct 31, 2016

I don't know if the humira will help with the mouth sores,but there are  over the counter products that will help numb the pain.  I had ....

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Expert Q&A

Diet & Lifestyle

Q. I have Crohns with strictures all over small and large bowel. I have been taking Mesalamine and Imuran. I will be having an MRI soon to check if there is improvement. Is there anything I can do in terms of Diet and Lifestyle to help heal the strictures?

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Disease Education

Q. Does Crohn's Disease affect your menstrual cycle? I used to have regular cycles but for the past two years I have had about 4 cycles. Could the change be caused by the Remicade or steroids I'm on?

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Treatment

Q. If a patient has been on Azathioprine and balsalazide for 15+ years. What blood tests should be performed for routine monitoring? My husband's GI has been just doing a CBC, but as a result of his yearly physical lab report (with family practice dr.), we learned he has liver impairment. Are regular liver tests standard if you take Azathioprine? Should I be concerned about the level of care he's receiving from his current GI doctor?

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