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Crohn's , hysterectomy , and menopause

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After having an ileostomy in 1969, at age 11, I enjoyed 38 wonderful medication free years of remission from Crohn's. Since having a hysterectomy at age 49, my Crohn's is back with a vengeance. It has gotten to the point that I am on weekly Humira injections. I think there is a very strong connection between the hysterectomy, instant menopause, and the recurrence of the Crohn's, but my gastroenterologist and gynecologist have not been especially helpful, and I can't seem to find anybody in the medical community to help me. I've thought about a nutritionist, but he/she wouldn't be able to assist with any hormonal inbalance. Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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replied June 28th, 2009
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My personal opinion I think they are connected. Crohns is flared by stress and body changes. A hysterectomy is a major body change. I suggest seeing a natural medicine physician. Acupuncture also can help. Good luck and let me know what you decide to do.
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replied February 4th, 2010
I just joined this and found these postings... i was googling to see if there might be information about those of us with Crohns and how a hysterectomy might impact it as I'm facing that & dreading it... I had an illeostomy in 1986 but was plugged back in in 1987 but have had 4 gut surgeries, lots of scar tissue, intermittent bowel obstruction, and now this mess with a big uterus & all these fibroids & cysts... So please i'd love to know how you are doing "YankeeGirl" (I was one too..) I hope you all are doing well...
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replied April 19th, 2012
i feel for you. Sad I have had the same sugery and several blockages.i have been going thru menapause since 38, i am now 44. I was dianosed with crohns at 19.I cry all the time because i can't seem to get thru this change. i am trying to get on the cimzia drug. all others have failed. i was thinking to just let them take out my female organs after hearing ur story i don't know what ta do. hugs you.
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