I am 32 and I was just diagnosed with early stages of Crohn's on 9/2007. My first symtom was a fistula in 4/2006 for which I had surgery and a c-ton installed. I had no symptons prior to that, nothing, no diarrhea, no pain, nothing. After the surgey I asked the doc if the fistual could be from crohn's because I was curious, and he said he saw no inflamation to indicate such and said my fistula was just bad luck and sometimes they just happen. Well, after a month with the c-ton, the fistula healed and i was good agian.
Then 4/2007 I was given some antibiotics for tooth surgery and I immediately started with real bad diarrhea. I stoped the antibiotics and the diarrhea got a little better, but it didn't stop completely from that point on. Some days water, some days just soft, but my bowel movements were not normal. The diarrhea continued and in 8/2007 I started to see signs of another fistual starting and I went to the surgeon and he did immediate surgery and installed c-ton which I still have today. The fistula continued to grow after the surgery and they had to take me back again after 4 weeks and now I have a second c-ton.
The strange thing is that after the surgery, the diarrhea completely stoped. Now what does surgery have to do with stoping diarrhea I thought. Well. during the surgery, I got flagel y cipro intervenusly,,why did this stop the diarrhea? Do I really have crohn's or could I have something else? I just had my crohn's doc do parasite studies on my stool samples just to be sure.
After this last surgery the doc ordered a colonoscopy and took a biospy and they did barium xrays and this is where they saw the early signs of crohn's. Now they want to put me on 6mp saying this will heal the fistual. From what I have been reading here, these drugs can cause a lot of side affects and this really scares me to death. Because my crohn's is so mild, do I really need 6mp? Does this really cure the fustula? Are there other drugs less strong? Has anyone here tried the diet approach to controlling crohn's like stated in the book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle"?
Age - 32
Diagnosed with early stages of Crohn's 9/2007
Small inflamation in small intestine, small inflamation in rectum.
Only symptoms are occasional diarrhea and fistual
First fistula 4/2006 cured 8/2006 after surgery
Second fistual 9/2007 - still have 2 ctons