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   Posted 12/27/2009 3:27 AM (GMT -6)   
My name is jake, im 20 y/o and live in ohio. I have recently developed symptoms of Crohn's disease and im freaking out just a bit considering that my aunt was diagnosed young before her teens, my grandfather is currently in and out of the hospital with colitis possible crohns, my entire family on my mothers side struggle with ibs, i was aware i had this since my teens.

For one month now (in which i have lost 15lbs) i awake in the morning with diarrhea, sometimes containing blood. I also have cramping pains in my abdomen which are eased with bentyl, but dont really go away till it dulls down and eventually dies off later in the day. The cramping is accompanied by stabbing pains in my upper left abdomen and middle right. The pains are usually worse in the morning, but do happen in the evening and can be just as bad if not worse. I also get very nauseous in the morning throwing up a couple times, but usually falls just short of doing so, i do get so bad that i hug the toilet for about 15 mins. This also happens in the pm and is accompanied by the stomach cramping and stabbing pains, but is usually more spuratic and short lived moments. I have also lost most of my appetite and get hungry, but either my guts don't agree, or i get too worried about how long its even going to stay in.

I am very worried about this and could use some good comments of encouragement and prayers? confused

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   Posted 12/27/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you're not feeling well :( I'm 19 and just got symptomatic last year when I was 18 and had just started university. My aunt also has crohns but has been in remission since she had a resection in her 20s. When I first got symptoms I was nauseous all the time and had really bad stomach pain in my lower right that faded in and out, I never had alot of D or blood though. Anyways! Hang in there! Things will definitely get better and hopefully you can get some treatment soon and get feeling better. Keep us updated and remember this forum is always here to listen to you vent when you need to!
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone & imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin

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   Posted 12/27/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
With your family history this could very well be Crohns. Given the symptpms you report it could also be gall bladder malfunction. Either way you need to promptly get an appointment with a gastroenterologist for a full diagnostic workup to reach a diagnosis and start treating whatever is going on. It is very unlikely that these symptoms will just get better on their own.

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   Posted 12/27/2009 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I am with MikeB, you really need to get in with a GI asap. Could possibly be that you have some narrowing going on in your intestinal tract. I hope you will get in with a Gastroenterologist soon and get a colonoscopy along with some biopsies to get you properly diagnosed. Good luck and welcome to Healingwell.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & 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"*

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   Posted 12/27/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Go to the doctor as those above have said.

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   Posted 12/27/2009 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!

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   Posted 12/28/2009 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
It could be crohn's or ulcerative colitis (another form of IBD) so I think with your family history you're best bet is to see a GI ASAP...good luck and sorry you're going through this, I was 23 just turning 24 when I got sick with crohn's, here I am almost 19 yrs later and it does suck but you take it one day at a time (or moment to moment at least).

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