Thursday, August 10, 2017

What Else Is Crohns Gonna Do......(*update*)

Went back to my Dr. yesterday to check my blood pressure after two weeks of being on blood pressure meds.  Good news and bad news, for me.

Good news.... blood pressure down and stable at 110/70 (yay!!)
Bad news.... more meds for me to take, probably for the rest of my life.

And even though my blood pressure is fine now, it's always going to be in the back of my mind every time I exert myself.  Something else to worry about.

At least the meds are cheap!!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

What Else Is Crohns Gonna Do......

Crohn's likes to kick you while you're down.
On top of having Crohn's and all the fun stuff that goes along with it, I can now add high blood pressure and psoriasis of the scalp.
The psoriasis has been developing for months and months now and no help from the dermatologist.  It's because my skin cells are overdeveloping but Remicade should be helping with that, hmmm.  My GI has requested a Remicade levels check to make sure the Remicade is still working.  I've tried all kinds of shampoo for dry scalp, but nothing works.  My wife suggested using Aloe Vera, but REAL aloe vera, not the kind that's mixed with a whole bunch of other chemicals.  I found a recipe online which is aloe vera gel (from the plant itself) and coconut oil....mix it together and apply to the scalp.  Let it sit for about half an hour and wash it with a baby shampoo, or something mild.  Worked right away.  It's not gone or anything, but not nearly as bad.  I need to do it every 2-3 days for awhile before giving it a full 2 thumbs up....I've only done it once.
The high blood pressure is new.  At least since last November.  The highest it's been was 157/95 and I've been on meds for almost two weeks and the last time I checked, it was 130/80.  But now I'm tired all the time...MORE than usual!!  Great.
So lets recap.....
Crohns and all the "good" things that come with that like kidney stones, fistula's, fissures, abscesses, pain, dehydration, etc etc etc
High blood pressure
Psoriasis
I wonder what's next.....