In hindsight, my symptoms started in 2001 with a light, dry cough. In 2002, I began having very sharp pains right at my upper left-hand ribcage. I couldn't drink or eat anything without exceptionally sharp pains. Those pains began to wake me up at night. I would be in tears from the pain. I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer...then with GERD...then with HPylori. Nexium took away the pain.
Then in 2003, the diarrhea started...constantly. All day, even if I ate a simple grape. Even the smell of food would trigger D for me. So I was diagnosed with IBS.
Then later that year, my ankles swelled up to the size of oranges. I couldn't walk; couldn't drive. They Xrayed my feet but nothing showed up. They insisted I must have twisted my ankles somehow but I didn't. They put me on Bextra. When I had an allergic reaction to it, they put me on Celebrex.
While my feet were swollen, other areas of my body began to swell. My lower back would have shockwaves shoot through it. My shoulder blades were completely in pain (Bursitis). I wore pain patches to try and get rid of that pain.
During all that, the diarrhea was continuing but NOW it was starting to wake me up 6 or more times in the middle of the night. I became sleep deprived. The urgency to be near a bathroom was always there. When I told my doc about the overnight BM's...he immediately sent me to a GI.
The GI listened to all of my symptoms above and scheduled me for an Upper GI with Small Bowel Follow Thru, Abdominal CT scan (double contrast) bloodwork and a colonoscopy. With all of that, they were able to conclude Crohn's.
Don't worry...hang in there. Everyone has different symptoms and there are A LOT of reasons you could be feeling the way you are. Relax and wait until you find out what the tests say. Simple STRESS can wreak HAVOC on your intestines!
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 33.
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Nexium (generic), Ferrous Sulfate, One-A-Day multivitamin, Culturelle Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date