Weeeell. The only thing I can recall that was anywhere similar to your friends' experiences was when I was sick five years ago. First off, I would go to take a third/fourth bite of food and the smell would turn my stomach so I literally COULDN'T eat it. Also, I'd get dry heaves when I didn't eat all day...then I'd eat a piece of bread with honey on it and then I'd vomit all night long until I was dry heaving...or vomiting infected bile.
27/f/CD. 4 CD related surgeries: 2 resections, 2 JP drains, 3 NG tubes, many absesses (including the one my most recent surgery scraped off my ovary) and fistulas.
Currently trying to figure out hip and knee joint pain.
Have lost in these surgeries: appendix, 8 in. intestine, R fallopian tube, gallbladder, 10 in. intestine
Crohns Dx'd: February 2008.
Pentasa (and much mental screaming)
Trying to hang in there until January so I'll have some insurance and can visit a rheumy, neuro, GI, primary, pain control, and possibly a shrink so I could stop crying and living in my own lil pity party. :-P