Category Archives: arthritis

Medical records: the lost years

There is an outbreak of mumps in my city, so I figured it’s time to check when I last got vaccinated against this disease. I called my doctor’s office to find out what they had in my records about all … Continue reading

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Sleeping on ice vs. my “personal fear factor”

A few times in the last few weeks I had to sleep on ice packs for sacroiliac inflammation — that’s inflammation of the joints where the spine and pelvis meet. This kind of inflammation is a known complication of Crohn’s, … Continue reading

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The devil I know

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that the number of days I spend too tired to work has increased. I also find that I can work fewer hours per day on average than I used to. This past winter … Continue reading

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My diagnosis story

I mentioned in an earlier post that it took 4 years between when I first had (what I now know are) Crohn’s symptoms and when I got diagnosed. The on-again, off-again, unpredictable gut and arthritis symptoms I was having during … Continue reading

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Three weeks post-prednisone

Just checking in after 3 weeks without my 1 mg crutch of 10.5 years. I’m all right — I suppose — but all my Crohn’s symptoms are just that little bit worse since I went off prednisone. I’ve been getting … Continue reading

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Prednisone pros and cons

I’ve been somewhat fearful about going off prednisone, but it won’t be all bad. Here is my list of pros and cons about being on a low dose of prednisone: Pros of staying on prednisone: Prednisone, even on low doses, … Continue reading

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3 days in

This is day 3 of my prednisoneless life. I feel spaced out, sleepy, inarticulate, clumsy, and quite sneezy and stuffy, but not as awful as I thought I would be. Chills, shakes and sweats are mostly gone (I had a … Continue reading

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I fear the taper

Fast forward more than a decade from the “good times” with the old fridge. . . Why blog? I’m a pretty private person — I’m not even on Facebook, I don’t have a Twitter account, etc. and, maybe even worse, … Continue reading

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I blamed the fridge. . .

I was diagnosed with¬†Crohn’s disease¬†in 2002, but I had symptoms for 4 years before that. In fact, I had a lot of different symptoms, but nobody had any idea that they were Crohn’s — it does not run in my … Continue reading

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