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Griffith
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posted 02-16-1999 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Griffith   Click Here to Email Griffith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was diagnosed about 6 years ago as having Waldenstrom's macroglobulinaemia, which is a low-grade Lymphoma.
About 3years ago I developed severe stomach pains which lasted 4 days.
After a while the pains began to occur every 2 or 3 weeks, following the same pattern, 2 days of severe pain, dizziness and fainting spells with progressive relief over the next 2 days. It is often preceded by diarrhea the day before; I have been hospitalized on 3 occasions.
To compensate for my low platelet and red cell count I take Prednisone, (cortisone), on a regular basis.
When I was on a high dosage of Prednisone I did not experience any pain for just on 9 months. The dosage at the moment is low and so I am back to the pattern of regular of stomach pains every 2 or 3 weeks.
As I have had all the Oscopys, Ultra Sounds, X-rays and CT scans the local GP described my condition as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Once diagnosed with I.B.S. there appears to be very little help from the medical profession, I have been searching for answers. Perhaps I am allergic to something.
I do not eat products which contain lactose bread chocolate, there seems to be a link there. I now log every thing I eat.
From the Internet I learned of the possibility of Candida. I have persuaded my GP to prescribe Nystatin for which I have been taking for last 2 weeks. I am a little apprehensive about the treatment, as I believe to obtain satisfactory results one must avoid all antibiotics and cortisone.

flux
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posted 02-16-1999 11:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for flux   Click Here to Email flux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you were going to get Candida from the corticosteroids, I think it would most likely appear in your mouth (e.g., thrush) and you'd know that.

Nicol
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posted 02-17-1999 04:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Prednisone is a drug used for people with Crohn's disease. Did you get a colonoscopy with biopsies to rule this disease out?

Kimberley
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posted 02-18-1999 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimberley   Click Here to Email Kimberley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Griffith,

I am not an expert on meds. It took 4 years for the doctors to find out about my Crohns.
For the last 4 months I have learned quit abit. I also have a thyroid disorder, and at one time they suggested Prednisone for that. Prednisone is a med, that can help various problems. I only took it for a month, and it took 2 months for the side effects to go away. Be careful.

Kimberley

Kimberley
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posted 02-18-1999 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimberley   Click Here to Email Kimberley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Griffith,

I am not an expert on meds. It took 4 years for the doctors to find out about my Crohns.
For the last 4 months I have learned quit abit. I also have a thyroid disorder, and at one time they suggested Prednisone for that. Prednisone is a med, that can help various problems. I only took it for a month, and it took 2 months for the side effects to go away. Be careful.

I have a couple of friends who had Candida, and was cured by diet. Good luck

Kimberley

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