Hello everyone. I don't really know where to start. I'm 27 and I *think* I've been living with crohns for a few years now. Unfortunately my family doctor did not pick up on this. A recent trip to the ER is what started the process of being diagnosed with crohns. Symptoms that my family doc never put together and has no idea what they're from
...mysterious rash that comes and goes, mouth sores, stomach cramping, diarrhea...I go about
8 times a day or more at the moment...I've been counting since the ER trip, rectal bleeding...which is why I was at the ER, and bleeding when I wipe, back pain, fatigue, high white blood cell count with my last couple of blood works. I think that's all. It's 4:30am so I'm a little tired and not thinking clearly. Anyway I've had these symptoms pretty bad for 2 years, but had them less severe for a couple years before that. Like the diarrhea and rectal bleeding I've been dealing with for about
4 years. In the past couple of months things have gotten worse. The rash and mouth sores are becoming more frequent and the rash is driving me crazy! Not to mention the diarrhea. The rectal bleeding has stopped for now. Since I've dealt with the rectal bleeding for a couple of years I never really go back to the doc for it because they never do anything for it, but this last time I was bleeding really bad for 2 days. I couldn't even see through the toliet water. Normally it's just a little bit, but the more I ignored it the worse it got so I figured it was time for an ER visit. I'm glad I went because the ER doc put all my symptoms together and said it could be crohns. I have hashimoto's disease which is an autoimmune disease and according to the ER doc people with one autoimmune disease are more likely to get another? Anyway I have an appt with a colon/rectal surgeon in 10 days and it's been about
a week or two since I was in the ER. The ER doc wanted me in to see the surgeon within a day or two, but thanks to the holiday and it being prime vacation time at the surgeons office I have to wait. The hospital even called to see if they could get my appt moved up, but they couldn't either. Now that I've rambled on here are my questions. Obviously I haven't been officially diagnosed with crohns because I haven't had any tests other than blood work so what tests do they do to officially diagnose crohns? I've read they do a colonoscopy. Also if my symptoms go away by the time I see the surgeon will he still be able to find out if I have crohns? Meaning if they do a colonoscopy and the symptoms have gone away will my colon still be inflamed or whatever? I took a pic of the rash just in case it's gone by the time I see the surgeon. I'm just worried that by the time I finally get in to see the doc my symptoms will be gone and they won't be able to find anything and I'll be stuck waiting to get sick again then waiting for an appt, etc. I guess that's all for now. If you made it through my long post I appreciate it and any advice will help.