Does anyone ever get bladder pain with a Crohn’s flare up? I am trying to figure out if the pain I am having is from Crohn’s or a kidney stone. At present I have not been diagnosed with Crohn’s because the biopsies from my 2 colonoscopies came back with indeterminate colitis (chronic inflammation). Pillcam showed nothing of concern but my blood work was strongly ASCA positive. Typically, my symptoms are bouts of diarrhea, joint pain, moderate stomach cramping during and after bowel movements (typically subsides in a few hours with tylenol), occasional rectal bleeding, and fatigue. I am currently only taking sulfasalazine which I have been on for 1 month. Now the pain that I typically get, while it sucks, does not stop me and I am able to move on with my life within an hour or so. But his past Thursday the pain was intolerable.
Basically on Thursday morning I woke up felt just peachy. Went to the bathroom and had a BM that was perfectly normal as far I could tell. But when I tried to stand up I doubled over in pain and I felt as though I was going to give birth to something . I thought at first that I had really bad gas but the pain persisted. The pain was in my lower stomach/pelvic area and when I had additional bowel movements or tried to urinate the pain got worse. So then I began to worry about it being my appendicitis or that I some other important organ had burst inside of me. I called my primary care and they saw me right away. I had to have my husband drive me there as I could barely walk. As soon I got there my Doctor sent me to the emergency room. The docs in the ER really did not tell me much and said that I must be having flare up of my colitis…even though I have never felt pain even close this from my colitis. They only ran a few blood tests and a urine test…no xrays or anything. They told me there was blood in my urine, gave me some pain meds via IV and sent me home after about 8 hours…after which I still had pain. The next day I felt as though I had muscle soreness in my stomach (but not the kind you get frome exercise) like if I tried to walk it hurt when my feet hit the ground with each step and my stomach felt like it was being pushed out…overextended. As I started to think about what happened the day prior I figured it may be that I passed a kidney stone (I had kidney stones last year but had a lithotripsy to break them up…so pain was moderate). But what led to the discovery of my kidney stones last year was the blood in my urine. It is now a few days later and I still have pain on and off and I do notice that when I eat I get a sharp pain for about a half hour on my lower right side…and I am also in the bathroom shortly there after. So I am wondering if this type of pain and lingering pain is typical of Crohn’s disease? I also have a sharp pain in my buttox when I sit down. But what is making me think kidney stone is the fact that there was blood in my urine and my bladder hurts. Can Crohn’s cause bladder pain? I am just so confused and appreciate any info you all can provide.
Thanks for your reply. I was at my GI yesterday and he is not really sure what is going on since most of my tests results indicate only mild disease. He also told me that my condition could be evolving a bit. I am going for CT scan on Tuesday so he can check to make sure there are no masses or other fun goodies floating around. I do know that when I had a cystoscopy last year my urologist mentioned something about my bowel pushing down on my bladder…not sure if that could be part of the problem. Hopefully this will get sorted since I am still having some pain…not even close to the amount that it was but I am still uncomfortable.
Thanks for sharing your experience. I hope you are feeling better soon.
Oh how helpful! For the past couple months I had bladder trouble where it was really easy to accidentally wet myself a little and I would be like "gotta go gotta go gotta gooooo" maybe 3x per hour on some days. I thought it was maybe a tumor (I am good at getting those near my bladder) and recently found out it wasn't, so I was like well I didn't have an infection either so what gives?
Nobody I went to for the bladder issue knew that bowel problems could cause bladder issues. The fact that I am back to having no bladder problems now that I have to go #2 too often again explains a LOT
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