Do i have Crohns Disease or IBS? This is really starting to scare me....

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Ryoten
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   Posted 3/10/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

This is my first time on one of these things so im sorry if i dont know all the lingo. I'm really scared right now cause ive been having problems for the last 6 months and im scared to death i have crohns. My story is as follows......

First off im 25 years old. Back in august of 08 i had a bad case of jock itch that wasn't going away. Creams would not get rid of this thing so i went to my doctor and he wrote me a prescription for a drug called Lamasil (SP). I got the drug and it was 10 pills. I was to take 1 pill a day for 10 days. Now during this time period, i was healthy as healthy could be. I Could eat practically anything. I've never had a problem with food my entire life, and when ever i would get the stomach flue, people i would always bounce back the next day. I couldn't have asked for a better digestive track. However about 5,6, maybe 7 days into taking lamasil, all that changed. I started to get constipated which normally never happens to me. I know many drugs can cause constipation so i thought nothing of it and kept taking the drug. Eventually i took all 10 pills, and i remained constipated for a week and a half to 2 weeks. Then it happened. On September 5th, I got diarrhea and abdominal cramping like ive never had before......

Now to this day, it has been battling with stomach pain, diarrhea, and occasional constipation. In the 6 months ive had this ive been woken up maybe 5 times with terrible cramps that were relieved when passing a BM. I have lost weight, but i credit this to having to change my diet. No restaurants or fast foods. Just good ol boiled chicken, green beens, and baked potato. Plain foods. So fed up with this i went to the doctor....

When i went to my primary health care, i told them this and they suggested that i have blood work and a stool culture done. So i did! My blood work came back normal and so did the stool culture. No signs of anemia, no high white blood cell counts, no blood in the stool and no inflammation. Next i went to the Gastro. I first saw the nurse practitioner who scared me to death by telling me it was crohns or colitis. However he made this assumption before getting the results of my blood work or cultures, and became very pushy with me having a colonoscopy. I didn't get it and waited to see my moms gastro. Finally i saw the actual doctor who was a nice guy, and made me tell him this story im telling you. He seemed to be certain that the medicine i took was the cause for my problems and that i am suffering from IBS as a result of it. He said the probability that i had crohns or colitis was low. And ended it with. "If you want a colonoscopy to ease your mind, ill give you one. However i don't think you need it".

Now that was back in december when i saw the gastro, and since then my problems have calmed down but suddenly flared up again violently. I still try to remain an active life with all this. Out of 6 months of having this problem ive only missed 2 days of work, first time was when this hit me, and second time was in october.

Does anyone here think i have crohns disease or do you guys think the doctor was right? I'm really getting paranoid over this and i would like to avoid a colonoscopy if possible.

Post Edited (Ryoten) : 3/10/2009 4:09:31 PM (GMT-6)


Lady Frog
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   Posted 3/11/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
It sounds more like IBS since the doc saw the results of your tests. Even my iron gutted husband had some issues when he took Lamasil. I know that antibiotics can mess with the good stuff and the bad. Talk to your doc about taking pro-biotics. They have really helped some people on here and my primary doc even recommends that people take them now when she hands out prescriptions.

In the beginning, I too thought that it was probably something else. I've been tested for pretty much everything under the sun. Parasites( multiple times), Crohn's, diverticulitis, and who knows what else. It's frustrating having all these problems yet everything always comes back fine. Both my aunt and my mother have the same problems and they live perfectly normal lives. My aunt was even an aerial photographer for the military while she was in some of the worst flare years of her life.

Ryoten
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   Posted 3/11/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Whoa, wait your husband had problems on lamasil? Do you or anyone else know if this drug has caused chaos with anyone elses digestive track?


Oh and i have been taking pro-biotics (Align). I would say it helped, but it wasn't the cure. I really do believe it was something to do with Lamasil, its just a little nagging nervousness that keeps saying "what if it wasn't"

Keriamon
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   Posted 3/11/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't get more than a paragraph through your post before I saw a big read warning sign.

If I'm right, that Lamasil is an antibiotic. Antibiotics can cause what's known as "antibiotic-associated diarrhea." While D is a known side effect while you're on antibiotics, some people's D never goes away, even when they stop the antibiotics.

Antibiotics attempt to kill all bacteria in your body--including the good bacteria that make your gut function. It is possible that your medicine killed off enough of the good bacteria in your guts that there are not enough left in there to repopulate themselves or keep your guts working right. Also, when your guts are minus good bacteria, it's very easy to pick up a bad bacteria and it has all that empty real estate in there in which to populate and cause you even more problems.

My suggestion would be for you to try probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria. There are some in acidophillus milk and yogurt, but in severe cases, like yours, your best bet is to get it in pill form, because there's a WHOLE lot more good bacteria in there than in food. Many people on here have various recommendations. I would recommend Culturelle, which you can get at any chain pharmacy in the bowel products section. It's VERY strong; gives me some serious gas and gas cramps. However, if I take it when I take an antibiotic, I don't have diarrhea or other bowel problems like I used to have on antibiotics, so it ends up being worth it. I take it before I go to bed and I sleep through the worst of the gas anyways. Digestive Advantage is another one that's also used by people on here a lot and will be found with the Culturelle. I don't think it's quite as strong, but it has sugar alcohols in it, which I can't have because I'm allergic to them (they give me D, which pretty much nullifies the benefit of the Digestive Advantage). It's cheaper than the Culturelle, if you are concerned about the cost.

Hopefully, with a month's worth of probiotics, your guts will be back to normal. Even if you have picked up a bad bacteria, the probiotics can sometimes manage to push it out all on their own; if they're really bad, though, you might need antibiotics to wipe them out and let you start over fresh.

BTW, bad bacteria doesn't show up in stool samples unless they are specifially looking for them (and many doctors don't think to check), and even then I don't think they necessarily look for all the different ones that there are (I don't even know if they can test for all of them anyways).
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