Crohns or IBS ?

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   Posted 2/11/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this. My Doc told me I have crohns cause my constipation. As far a I know most people have diarrea. Not too sure if he's right. I have gastritis and IBS symptom. CBC, small bowel x-ray, ESR are all normal. IBD serolgy 7 show marker with crohns. I would have dull pain above and below the navel plus rectum pain after eating not to mention my gastritis pain. Its worse at night. I dont have diarrea or blood, only constipation but I go daily, only hard stool. Here are few questions I wanted to ask

1. Crohns disease affect different region in the instestine. Can it change different region and cause diarrea later ? Is IBD serology 7 test accurate?

2. How long do most people have flares and return into remission? How long do your pain last? Is it dull or sharp? Does anything help?

3. Do it hurt in your stomache or upper abdominal even if its not inflaming up there.

4.Does the pain come only when you eat? Will it improve with a proper diet?

5. Does it affect your concentration or get ligh-headed? Is it common to have rash? OR mouth ulcer? or eye pain ? or leg pain?

6. Do you always have blood after stool movement?

7. I heard that fish oil, probiotic and cocconut oil and a proper diet heals crohn without medication. Does it work for everyone?

8. Does Pensata work right away? Is there bad side effect?

Thanks. I hope that we all can get through this !

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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Kunglao, I was dx'ed with a colonoscopy and a small bowel follow through. My suggestion is to go to ccfa and read all the good stuff there. It will be much better for you at this point than giving you my opinions. All the best.

32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 25mg Methotrexate. 8mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

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   Posted 2/11/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had Crohn's since I was 5 and now am 49. I never had D with it, always had C, until my first bowel resection. Unfortunately the answers to most of your questions are it varies so differently from one indvidual to the next. I have been in somewhat remission, at least pain free, for over 3 years. There is no cure for Crohn's so watching your diet can keep it in remission without medication. It did me for over 20 years, others are not as lucky. I rarely have blood in my stool except fresh from hemmies when they are at their worse. I took Pentasa for years and had no adverse side affects yet also felt there was minimal benefit. Yes complications from this disease affect my concentration and at times I do feel dizzy. My GI believes it is a result of the chronic fatigue that often goes along with it. CD can affect any part of the digestive from the tip of the tongue to the anus. I have restless leg syndrome probably a result of the lack of nutrient absorbtion from the disease, so I have leg issues every day. If you are having eye pain, see a doctor as soon as possible. I hope this helps answer some of your questions, but like I said, each individual is affected differently and have different results from medications and other treatments. Good luck in finding the answers you are looking for.
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   Posted 2/12/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
You need to get a colonoscopy to see if there is any inflammation anywhere in your GI tract, UC is limited to the colon/rectom but CD can affect any part of the GI tract from mouth to anus and more than one area at a time as well. If CD is a suspicion then small bowel tests should also be done.

There is not ALWAYS bleeding with CD, it's more common when the CD is affecting the colon though. What works for some doesn't work for all and that includes naturals (fish oils, ect) as well as RX.

CD can often have a mind of it's own, some can be healed (go into remission) through naturals and a healthy diet but again, that is remission, it can still rear it's ugly head even if you do all the right things.

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