Could I have Crohn's?PLEASE help

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beachalone
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   Posted 2/8/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
If anyone could give me any input I would greatly appreciate it. I have rheumatoid arthritis for the past 7 years and currently I am in remission with no medications. I have always had very healthy bowel habits without constipation throughout my life except for the past month. I think I got hemorrhoids or fissures, because the past month was very painful as far as BM goes. I also saw some blood in my stools. Well, the pain is all gone, but suddenly it seems i have anal lips (haha). They are soft and fleshy and are around the rim of the anus. They are very small and are 3 of them.
My stools have started to come out narrower and softer than usual, but I also have been on high fiber and water diet. I also have chronic cough from the past month.
I have taken appointment with the doc, but all these symptoms have me worried. I have no IBD symtoms at all. I go once a day like clockwork, and have a very healthy appetite.
Till I meet the doc, please let me know what you think. Could this be Crohn's?

aquagirl900
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   Posted 2/8/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
From mine and my younger sis's experiences, it doesn't really sound like it. Both of us had VERY loud bowel sounds after eating...we'd both get nauseous after eating...and we both were tired, had severe pain in our LLQ, and had severe and frequent diarrhea...

yellowfin43
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   Posted 2/8/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
sounds more like hemorrhoids. hemorrhoids can bleed as well causing your symptoms.
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   Posted 2/8/2009 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
At first impression ( nono which may of course be misleading) I'd say no, beachalone.
I will tell you why I say this.
You don't say what age you are, but the older you are the less likely it is you will have had no gut problems in the past, if you do have Crohns. Typically there would be a long history of unresolved gut problems accompanied by depression, lots of diarrhea, maybe also kidney stones or skin ulcers, quite possible diagnosed as IBS.
Also, I'd expect you to be saying something along the lines of "an uncle/aunt/family member had Crohns Disease/Ulcerative Colitis and they say this makes it more likely I have CD, is this true ?" This is because at least one of the genes that make you prone to developing Crohn's is to be found in Ulcerative Colitis sufferers, and there is a "familial link" - if a member of your extended family has either disease, you are statistically more likely to suffer from either CD or UC.
You describe what sounds exactly like haemorrhoids, and that might even tie in with the high fibre in your diet - it can cause straining and make things worse for some people, although it generally does the opposite and that is why it is recommended. Both those and an anal fissure will cause bright red blood in the stool - very alarming but actually just because your gut is full of tiny, easily ruptured capillaries, full of oxygenated blood so very red - and yes, it feels like you are cr*pping razor blades.
Needless to say, you need to see a doctor to get it sorted out, online diagnosis misses out all sorts of information that a doctor's visit will pick up on. yeah
Our expertise on this forum is much more regarding the opposite end of the spectrum as regards gastric transit times; eyes constipation tends only to be a very occasional problem with Crohnies.
But I think it would be safe for me to recommend probiotics like VSL#3 to help with your gastric transit time, that will probably do you at least as much good as any commercial stool softener. The right sort of probiotic bacteria will dampen down inflammation and aid with digestion and gut motility, all of which cannot be bad really.
Hope this helps put your mind at rest. Could you let us know how you get on please, it will always help us know how to advise in the future should anyone else ask a similar question ! wink

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   Posted 2/8/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Go to a doctor and get a good exam.
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   Posted 2/8/2009 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   

beachalone :)

Check out this link, it has pics of hemmie (the first group of pics) and also perianal crohn's skin tags, aka;elephant ears, (the set of pics below the hemmie pics), as you'll see in the pics the 2 are quite different from one another, you can compare what you're look like to the pics...

 

http://www.emedmag.com/html/pre/fea/features/011504.asp

 

 

:)


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pb4
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   Posted 2/8/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Crohn's can be very mild, but still be crohn's, it's better to be safe than sorry and get checked out...my CD started at the anus before it affected me internally sothat goes to show this disease is very individualistic...and although the typical age is young adult (early 20's) for most that get sick with an IBD doesn't mean that if you're younger or older that you won't get it...my mom has UC and didn't get sick with it until her mid 60's.

Go to the doc and get checked.

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beachalone
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   Posted 2/8/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you everyone for your quick and so well put together responses. I am 30 years old and as far as I know I don't have anyone in the family with this condition. The reason I was worried was because I had seen the link posted here and my anal tags are very similar to elephant ears. I also have some joint pain, and have read that people from crohn's can be asymptomatic for years as far as gut problems are concerned.

I appreciate you sharing your personal experiences and will let you know what happens with the doc. In the meantime, please do post any more experiences and inputs. Thanks


beachalone
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   Posted 2/8/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Also, if I would want to see a specialist for Crohn's, what kind of doctor would I go to? Thanks

HanooN
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   Posted 2/8/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
for me crohns's started with Severe diarrhea, lost of appetite , losing massive weight, weakness, then I found out i have crohn's

I suggest you need Colonscopy or, at least Ct scan to find out. I hope you will be Crhon's free.


keep us posted

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   Posted 2/8/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Doesn't sound likes Crohns to me, but as PB4 said it could be mild. Best to get a workup done by your doc. Also, the type of doc to see is a Gastroenterolgist. Good luck!
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pb4
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   Posted 2/8/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
beachalone said...

Thank you everyone for your quick and so well put together responses. I am 30 years old and as far as I know I don't have anyone in the family with this condition. The reason I was worried was because I had seen the link posted here and my anal tags are very similar to elephant ears. I also have some joint pain, and have read that people from crohn's can be asymptomatic for years as far as gut problems are concerned.

I appreciate you sharing your personal experiences and will let you know what happens with the doc. In the meantime, please do post any more experiences and inputs. Thanks


Well if your tags resemble the ones in the link I posted, those are related to crohn's only...and yes, you could be a mild crohnie for yrs before the onset of severe symptoms...you want to ask your doc to send you to a GI (gastroenterologist), and the sooner the better.

 

:)


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beachalone
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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I have taken two appointments for next week- one with a GI and the other with a colo-rectal doctor. I am very freaked out right now. I already have one chronic condition and am hoping that it will be my only one.
I have noticed these tags only a month back. Do they form that quickly? I am positive I was clean before that. Of course, it can be skin tags left from hemorrhoids too, and I am hoping that's what it is. Thanks

pb4
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   Posted 2/9/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, those tags can appear quickly, when I was a teen I would get them and they'd even disapear quickly too (I had no other CD symptoms at that time) every doc that ever saw them when I had them told me they were just hemmeroides, boy were they WRONG. But being the only symptom I had I guess it was kinda an easy mistake, although looking at those pics in the link I posted, I can sure see enough of a difference between hemmies and CD anal skin tags.

You're right though, it could be tags left from hemmies, but then they should be soft and fleshy, not hard and shaped like the ones in the pics...when they're hard then that indicates they are in a flare.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


beachalone
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   Posted 2/10/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4
Thanks for the reply, my tags are fleshy and soft and not hard right now, and they dont hurt. It is all so confusing. I just cant wait to get it over with. The worry is killing me.

msmarilyn
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   Posted 2/10/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
i have Crohns disease and ur symptoms dont match that of crohns. go see gastroenologist, i think ull b fine. good luck take care God bless
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