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Steps towrds helping othe...

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Joined November 2017

My name is Macey Cabana and I am a junior at Lincoln High School. For graduation we must complete a research project, it... read more

Finding a way

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Joined November 2017

Hey there! My name is Vanessa and I’m an ulcerative colitis warrior. I was diagnosed in 2014. I was going to a doc... read more

Crohns and HIV

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Joined October 2017

I'm 29 years old. For as long as I can remember I've had abdominal issues. I even went through extensive testing... read more

Community Forum

Ileostomy for CD
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Joined Dec 14, 2017

Hello I am facing an ileostomy surgery for my CD next month and I need help or thoughts. I am 40 years old I have a J-Pouch sinc3 1998 I w....

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Pain in lower butt muscle
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Joined Dec 13, 2017

Since giving birth, I've been experiencing a muscle spasm like pain in my lower butt muscle. The doctors have given me muscle relaxers but I'm just no....

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Hair loss
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Joined Dec 9, 2017

Hi Tess, thanks for replying. It’s nice knowing that I’m not the only one. I, too, having been doing a lot of research around the hair los....

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Expert Q&A

Disease Education

Q. The medical field is growing and advancing rapidly through the years, how come the colonoscopy procedure is so invasive as well as the small bowel follow through? Are there diagnostic tests that are much easier on the patients and less invasive? What would be the worst case scenario if a patient were to refuse those types of procedures when suffering from Crohn's Disease?

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Treatment

Q. Before I was diagnosed with Crohn’s I already had a weak immune system. I’m about to start a biologic IV infusions. Should I be wearing a mask after my treatments to avoid getting sick or picking up germs?

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Disease Education

Q. I was diagnosed in 2013 (UC) and currently take Apriso. I was in remission for about 2 1/2 years. I had short-lived flares in 2015 and 2016 that responded to Canasa. Both flares happened around the same time (fall). I think that I might be at the beginning of another flare, and I noticed that it's the same time of year as the other flares. Is there any research to suggest a connection to flares and their recurrence at certain times of year (i.e. seasonal issues)?

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