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08-20-2008, 07:05 PM   #1
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I am so tired!

Ok, I've been off pred now for 3 weeks and I've had my 3rd infusion (last Tuesday) of Remicade.

I haven't had any major stomach flares to speak of but holy god, I can't stay awake past 8:30 every night. I literally have to force myself to keep my eyes open from 8-9:30pm till I pass out. I don't get up until nearly 7:30 am and its hard to get up! I'm getting almost 10 hours of sleep every night and it's not enough.

I mentioned this to my doctor last Monday and she drew some blood tests to see if I'm not producing natural steroids anymore but she never called me back, so I assumed that my results must be ok.

So what else can this be? Could this be the Crohns even though I'm not flaring?

Also I have one other odd problem that has popped up. My joints are killing me. My hips, my fingers, my shoulders and my heels (lol??)

It literally hurts to move around, like I'm some old lady. This makes no sense to me because Remicade is also for RA. So why do I feel like I have arthritis?

Any ideas?

Crohns-Diagnosed March 2008.
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08-20-2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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Check for anemia... many Crohn's patients have it. If your level is below 12, then you are anemic and need to start taking 325mg of ferrous sulfate (iron).
08-20-2008, 08:26 PM   #3
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Did you tell the doctor about the joint pain . I had serum sickness with Remicade that started with my joints hurting and then it was almost like I had a stroke - until I called the doctor I couldn't really use my left side. They put me on steroids and then I started to feel better- this happened after my third infusion and I was told that I can never have Remicade again. So please be careful
08-29-2008, 03:51 PM   #4
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i think katiesue is right..try and get a blood test done to see if your anemic. be careful with ferrous sulphate though as a common side effect of it is really bad constipation...i personally cant take any kind of iron supplement because of the constipation it causes but you should be alright especially if you start out on a low dosage...sorry i dont have any info about the joint of luck
08-31-2008, 02:27 PM   #5
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Depression can cause sleep probs too, so um, go smile at yourself in the mirror.
08-31-2008, 09:28 PM   #6
You mean everybody doesn't spend hours smile at themselves in a mirror??

>Tries to slide the mirror on her computer desk under a bag of candy<

"What mirror?"

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