RSP, Yes, people can have Crohn's without having diarrhea...many of us actually have constipation most of the time. I have always had a lot of pain and arthritis problems at an early age, but diagnosis took a long time since I didn't have the "typical" symptoms. My GI said he's seen patients with Crohn's who have absolutely no gut symptoms...they discover the Crohn's when trying to figure out what's causing the arthritis, or something else.
Time between flare-ups and remission is different for everyone and different every time. I was in remission for 4 years and think I have just started to flare. My last flare last several months. Some people never go into remission and other people stay in remission for many, many years.
You are correct that there is no cure and whether or not it is hard to live with depends on the severity of the disease and the individual person. I know of some people with it that don't even need to take meds or adjust their diet because theirs is extrememly mild. Others can't work or function normally because theirs is so severe. Many people (like me) are somewhere in between where we have to take meds and watch what we eat and there are times where we can work and do many things that "normal" people can do, and other times where we can't do anything.
I hope that your dr figures out what is going on with you soon!
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Dear tsitodawg thank you for giving me courage, more than physical i am more down on the emotional front.really do not know how long will it take for me to heal it's already been 9 months now.amoebiosis is what the GI is suspecting. He too says it will take some time to recover. Presently i'm on Riboflavin - vitamin supplement & probiotic daily once.