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Jeb1282
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   Posted 3/5/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I am a 26 year old male who has recently had some problems with my stomach. Thinking back on my life, there were alot of times when i had CHRONIC diarrhea, waking up to go to the bathroom 4-5 times a night sometimes, sometimes more. I thought it was possibly a reaction to dairy products, so I kind of ignored it. Time went on and I kind of realized that I could still eat cheese/dairy without any stomach pains or diarrhea sometimes. I became used to pain in my abdomen telling me when I need to go to the bathroom for a long time. Recently I became constipated, and it freaked me out, as I had NEVER been constipated before (infact usually the opposite). While constipated I noticed I had green diarrhea randomly, very weird looking. (sorry) I took a laxative for constipation and it seemed to help. Now I just have very green stool (several days after laxative), and there was alot of mucus in my stool for a few days. I went to the doctor again for stomach pains/lack of appetite (sharp pains, not really cramping) and they did a test where I drank a fluid and was scanned by a CT machine or something. They were mostly checking for my appendix, as I had symptoms of appendicitis. They came back with "all we noticed was some inflammation in your intestines, but we can't call it Crohns disease". But she did say it could be the start of Crohns disease. I am waiting for stool samples to be done (tomorrow). My appetite is still very very low compared to what it used to be, and I think thats what scares me the most out of all this, it was all very sudden. I guess I am just wondering if anyone here can relate to this somehow, or tell me if I'm just being paranoid. I was ordered a prescription of bentyl for cramping, and a follow up appointment with a GI doctor. Thank you for taking the time to read this, I know I'm supposed to be a big man by now, but this still scares me. Thank you.

Post Edited (Jeb1282) : 3/5/2009 10:49:26 PM (GMT-7)


LMills
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   Posted 3/6/2009 12:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Better that you catch it early on though and prevent it from becoming severe. I was a fool and waited until mine was in advanced stages so you're doing a really smart thing here...I wish I had the same good sense!
The bentyl should help though. I take it as well and notice some difference.
Best of luck to you and let us know what the diagnosis is.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Jeb1282
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   Posted 3/6/2009 1:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the response, I am nervous and I don't think it is helping my appetite, I will update this thread as I receive more information, thanks again! And while I hope i do not have this disease, I also wish to find an answer to my stomach issues, I think I need to go on DSHS medical before I can see a GI doctor, so it may be a little while.

gachrons
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   Posted 3/6/2009 3:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeb Good that you are getting some medical help with your problems and it can be a bit scary at first but knowledge is power and it is great to have this place to talk things over.Hope you get some answers soon ...I don't think you are doing good in that you are getting test done to find the answer and no matter how old we are medical problems can make us all feel like kids at times.. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


yellowfin43
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   Posted 3/6/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Whatever you do, don't be ashamed of being scared. Not knowing is always scary but keep this in mind, even if it is Crohn's it's not the end of the world. Most people with Crohn's live productive normal lives. Flare ups happen but they don't last forever. I am a 50 year old man but if something is going on with my body that I don't understand it scares me too. That's normal. The best thing you can do is go to your doc and find out what it is. You'll feel better just knowing no matter what it is. Then you can go forward with a treatment.
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 6 months ago. Now on Remicade and iron. Feeling like a champ!
God Bless. Tony


Kittikatt
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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm a bit surprised they wouldn't have done a Colonoscopy AFTER the test came back showing your intestines were inflamed...particularly based on your prior intestinal history. 
 
The reason I say that is because I was having much of the same symptoms as you before being Dx with Crohn's.  I HAD been Dx with IBS up until I told my family physician that my BM's were waking me up in the middle of the night and I was pooping 5-6x during the overnights.  When I told him that, he knew that was NOT a good sign and sent me to a GI.
 
The GI sent me for an Upper GI with Small Bowel Follow Thru test which showed narrowing in the small intestine (that's the X-ray test where you drink 2 types of barium).  I was also sent at the same time for an Abdominal CT Scan (that's where they inject a dye into you and run you through a big machine/hole). That test showed a little bit of inflammation in my large intestine.  Based on those TWO results, my GI scheduled an Upper Endoscopy and Colonoscopy and also ordered a blood test that shows the markers for Crohn's Disease.
 
The Upper Endoscopy was clear but the Colonoscopy showed that my large intestine was riddled with large, bloody ulcers.  And the blood test came back as a 98.6% cause for Crohn's Disease.  So all those tests, along with other symptoms got me Dx with Crohn's.  My GI immediately put me on a Crohn's maintenance drug and I went into remission for 4 years.
 
The Bentyl will definitely make you feel better for the time being but what would ALSO make you feel better (I think) is to ask for a Colonoscopy...so you'll know if there IS or IS NOT anything serious going on up in there.  Not to scare you...but I never in a million YEARS would have thought my large intestine had so many ulcers.  And the Colonoscopy was the nail in the coffin for my diagnosis.  Had they NOT done the Colonoscopy, I'd probably have been sent home with no real Dx and no maintenance drugs and had to have had surgery by now.  
 
You're not paranoid...and whether or not you do have Crohn's, EVERYONE here on this board understands how you're feeling.  Intestinal issues SUCK and they're often hard to talk about just out in the open to coworkers or even family and friends.  Good luck and let us know how the follow-up with the GI goes. wink


Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32.
37/F/SC
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole, Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date


Celey
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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not surprised Kittkat.... When I first went into the hospital (Jeb, they also thought I had appendicitis)... I was discharged after a few days with some medicine... and I was scheduled for a colonoscopy a week afterwards...

I don't believe you're being paranoid, Jeb. You are taking the right steps. I hope you get some answers, soon.
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


CDfreesince93
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   Posted 3/6/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been in remission for a very long time and I still take Bentyl for cramping. It does help me. Another good one is, oh I can't remember the name, but it was sublingual, under the tongue, and you could take it if you were out or something and you got cramps and it worked pretty fast, Levsin maybe?

I was diagnosed by a Barium enema, and an upper GI with a small bowel follow through. They also saw narrowing in my small intestine, it was pretty thin. The tests had been done months before so by the time I got to a doctor at a larger hospital in Philadelphia, I was pretty sick, and it was too risky to do a Colonoscopy so they just put my on Antibiotics and prednisone. about a month later, I went into the ER and also was thought to have appendicitis. At that time they did a CT scan and some other tests and they put me on bowel rest. Eventually, after one pretty bad test, I was in such pain they had to give me morphine. Because of the pain, they did another CT scan and saw barium in my BODY CAVITY!! This meant I had a perforation in my bowel. They believe it was opening and closing and that is why it did not show up at first. They said it was caused by the narrowing in my small intestine. I guess the pressure caused my bowel to spring a leak. To this day, I must tell radiologists about the barium because it just floats around and sticks to stuff. Pretty weird, huh?

A colonoscopy is the golden standard for this illness, but there are other ways to make a DX. Blood tests can tell a lot too.

Interesting that you look back upon your childhood. I also had bowel issues as a child but I was horribly constipated as a kid - always being giving laxatives to move my bowels which couldn't have been good. When I was in my twenties, things suddenly changed. I had been on a diet called The Diet Center and they gave you a supplement. I really think that diet did something to me even though it was all fresh food except for that supplement and I don't know what was in it.

Continue your quest to find a definite answer to your symptoms. Stay strong and take advantage of places like this forum or CCFA for support and information. I was your age when I was going through the same thing and I felt very alone and afraid. I didn't have the internet and had no one to talk to that understood. Take care....

Kim
41, diagnosed 1992 (25), resection 1993, remission for 16 years, no current meds

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