Dealing with Unexplained Fevers with Crohn’s

Dealing with Unexplained Fevers with Crohn’s
Crohn’s disease can be challenging to diagnose, treat, and control. For the past few months, I have been running daily fevers ranging from 100 to 102 degrees. I don’t feel sick with these fevers, but as they've persisted, my doctors have become extremely concerned. Having a fever while being treated for Crohn’s can be alarming because most of the medications used are immunosuppressants, which increase the risk of infection. My immunologist ordered some tests, including bloodwork and CT scans of my head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis, to identify the source of the fever. While I thought his response was a little excessive, I realize that he wants to protect my health. The results were mostly normal, except for an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate. I have several health conditions; the three that affect me the most are common variable immune deficiency, severe asthma, and Crohn’s disease. My immunologist ruled out a respiratory infection and contacted my gastroenterologist for his opinion. Fevers can indicate a Crohn’s flare or disease exacerbation. If you are taking a medication, such as a biologic, and your disease is worsening, it could mean that the therapy has become less effective and a change of prescription might be needed. Other causes of fevers associated with Crohn’s include abscesses, infections, or obstructions. Additionally, many immunosuppressants used to treat Crohn’s can leave you at risk of fungal infections. Fevers can be present during the development of an inf
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