Brother might have crohn's

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Miss_82
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   Posted 8/14/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had Crohn's forever and i know what if feels like to live with it. To have all kinda ups and downs.
 
My brother had been having cramps and diarhea for about 2 months now. He finally went to see the doctor. They did a CT scan and saw patches of inflammation here and there throughout the intestine but mainly where the small bowel and colon meets. He's scheduled for a colonoscopy for Tuesday.
 
What are the chances that he does NOT have Crohn's? I don't know what to think. I wouldn't wish this disease to my worst enemy so thinking that my lil brother might have it just really frustrates me. He's feeling all right now but this disease is just so unpredictable. If it is crohn's how do i even prepare him to that?


26 years old
CD for 20 years
Bowel resection in Dec. 2006
Pentasa 4000mg


pimfram
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   Posted 8/14/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like a pretty clear-cut case of Crohn's to me. It's good that he's finding out before it gets worse i.e. bowel obstruction. Not sure there's any way to prepare someone, considering it basically alters the rest of your life.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.


Nanners
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   Posted 8/15/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I would just try to be there for your little brother and answer any questions he may have. A friend at work has a sister with RA and my friend just got diagnosed with the same. She tells me all the time her sister has been a godsend because she answers all her questions and makes her feel more at ease. Hugs to you both!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

crohnielass
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   Posted 8/15/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
So sorry your brother may have this dreadful disease  how old is he? like nanners i agree to be there for him. hope his colonoscopy goes well and  if there is still inflammation they can then get him on some meds before it gets out of hand. let us know how he gets on.  Bev x

Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma.  reversal sheduled for Nov09 Meds:Pentasa 500mg 3x day,  B12 shots, every 3 months, iron syrup,loperimide,folic acid, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety.)


Miss_82
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   Posted 8/15/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
He's 23. It doesn't seem to be so bad so far but who knows how it progresses.

I just find it very frustrating because my older brother has it also. He got a resection about 15 years and has been in great shape since then. No meds nothing. It's like he never had it. He has a completely normal life.

My uncle had it too and my aunt too. So it runs in the family from my dad's side. Just really depressing. Chances are that when i have kids they're likely to develop it also at some point in their live. :(
26 years old
CD for 20 years
Bowel resection in Dec. 2006
Pentasa 4000mg

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