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12-10-2014, 07:06 PM   #1
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When is it a flare up?

Hi, I was wondering if someone can answer my question about flare ups?
I have been using the forum for about a year and the diet section has been really helpful to me but this is my first post.
I was diagnosed with crohns in my small intestine about 1 year ago and I have been on modulen and steroids. I now try and control it with my diet.
Im confused when its just a flare up or when I do I need to take modulen/steriods again. My symtoms are bad skin. Abdominal pain and im sick sometimes but this clears and have been told its just because my food is backing up because of inflammation.
A few of these symptoms can come and go within 2 days or so is that a flare up? When would I need to have steroids again? I think I read somewhere that its due to a build up of bad bacteria in this case would I wait until the symptoms donít go?
I also have inflammation in my blood but this is hard to monitor myself.

Thank you for any help
12-10-2014, 08:12 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome.

I'd suggest talking to your GI specialist about your meds. It sounds like you may need something else to get you into remission. The doctor can also monitor you as needed to ensure inflammation isn't doing silent damage.

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12-11-2014, 12:00 PM   #3
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Thank you djw.
I have been offered azathioprinee if I cant control my symptoms with my diet, so maybe I will have to try this.
I was hoping not to take any regular meds but maybe this isnt an option in my case.
Thanks again.
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12-11-2014, 04:24 PM   #4
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I'm on azathioprine and Remicade.
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