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Medication Struggle

I first felt symptoms when I was 13. We went to a gastroenterologist and he confirmed that it was Crohn’s Disease, he then suggested that I was put on Infliximab, as my CD was rather serious. So, I did some research and I too thought that infliximab was the right drug. However, because I was only 13, my healthcare was under the pediatric system. I was given a pediatric doctor and I explained that I wanted to be put on infliximab. However, the doctor denied all my suggestions and decided to put me on azathioprine and temporary prednisone. After being bombarded with prednisone, I was finally in remission. However, even though I was on a dose of azathioprine so high that doctors and nurses looked at me like I was crazy, my remission lasted only 3 months. At the second relapse, I was introduced to a new drug – infliximab. And I have been in remission for 2 years now.

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  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    7 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Im sorry you were diagnosed at such a young age, that must have been hard. I was diagnosed at 21 so I can’t imagine having to go through all the symptoms etc while attending school.

    So happy you are in remission! Crohn’s is such a tough disease, but the fact it is in control must be so liberating.

    I wish you continued health!

    Alway dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

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