Heck yes you CAN. I've been dealing with on and off "sickness" daily for the past month. Fine in the morning...sick by afternoon. Sometimes sick in the morning, fine by the afternoon. Then SOMETIMES I have a GREAT day and then sometimes I have a completely CRAPPY day. It's NEVER the same...unpredictable.
Seriously...what is WRONG with these GI's out there? I know there are OTHER gastrointestinal illnesses they have to know about like colon cancer, diverticulitus, IBS, stomach ulcers, etc, etc, etc...things that are "more common"...but it SEEMS like more GI's should be on top of Crohn's and UC symptoms BETTER than many of them seem to be. Seems like they should always be studying these 2 diseases. Maybe I'm biased with that snide comment since I have Crohn's but I do get annoyed when GI's don't know or think of simple things that maybe should be at the forefront of their "specialist" minds. Particularly with extraintestinal symptoms. We all tend to have to go online to try and diagnose ourselves.
Heck, I've been having an upper burning/gnawing/aching pain right in the middle of my breastbone off and on since August. I told my GI about it in December. He kind of blew it off and just told me to pop and extra Prilocec when I had the pain. The pain got worse and worse through January. I asked for an H.Pylori test (thinking it was a stomach ulcer) but it came back negative. So when my GI got around to my file and called me back (because I'd been calling the office every day to find out what to do since the H.Pylori was negative), he sent me for a gall bladder ultrasound yesterday and also scheduled me for an Upper Endoscopy. Turns out I have gall stones. Turns out you can develop gall stones when you've had rapid weight loss. I dropped 40 pounds in less than 3 months last year during an 8-month long Crohn's flare. When I mentioned the pain in December, why didn't my GI think about my gall bladder THEN??? I know that probably shouldn't frustrate me but it does.
I still think over half of people that have been Dx with IBS actually have IBD. I've even seen a statistic about that somewhere on the web. If that's the case, GI's need to start listening to US here on this board to see all the different things we all deal with AND some of the very same things we all deal with.
Sorry...got off on a tangent there. Your GI is WRONG. Crohn's affects EVERYTHING. It can make you sick one minute and allow you to feel fine the next minute.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32.
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole, Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, 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