My daughter was 12. Her first symptom that I know of was she said it hurt when she went to the bathroom. I thought hemmies and treated that. A few months later, at a swimming party, she said the clorine really hurt her bottom. I decided to take her to her doctor still thinking it was hemmies. He weighed and measured her and she had lost weight and stopped growing. He asked if she was anorexic. No but she had been more careful with what she ate because of starting middle school. He took a look at her rectum and discovered a fistula. Her pediatrician had a niece with Crohn's so he knew immediately what he was looking at. He sent her to a Pedi-GI and that is how her Crohn's was discovered.
It strange, but both of us found out we had Crohn's because of fistulae. Mine to my bladder.
Vicky / 48 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (27) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor