Belleenstein, I had been told that IBS was just unexplained "d" so when I found out I had Crohn's I said to myself "Well, it's now been explained so I don't have IBS". But, the two GI I had since last year both said the "d" I was having could very easily be IBS and not crohn's since nothing was found in my last colonoscopy. I had half of my colon removed last year before I had a chance to consult a GI. I was diagnosed with diverticulitis which caused a fistula to my bladder. The colo-rectal surgeon said I was going to have to have a resection because of the fistula and to repair the bladder. He said he was 90% sure it was diverticulitis and 5% chance is Crohns and 5% chance it was cancer. The colonoscopy done at the time couldn't even get through my sigmoid. Since I had to have the surgery anyway I decided to find out what it was at that time instead of doing all the testing first. Looking back I probably should have waiting but because I hadn't consulted a GI I think the surgeon took all of my diseased area. Now I can't be for sure but everything I had read about
IBS I'm leaning towards having IBS also. I've had "d" since I was 17 (now 47) but looking back the last 5-8 years it was getting worse and different. More accidents, more cramping, and lots more fatigue. I think that is when I developed Crohns and not at the age of 17.
I know that was a long rambling story but I now believe you can have both. Especially since about
30 million people are said to have IBS. I think that is the number, I can't believe all those people has something else wrong with them. From what I have read people with IBS has a more sensitive colon. That would explain me because I have never been able to stand people to brush my hair, or scratch my back, or rub my shoulders. I was always really sensitive and it hurt for some strange reason. So why not my colon?
I don't know for sure but it's just my opinion and thoughts on the issue.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor