I don't know if I feel like I look like a martian, but I can say that sometimes I feel much older that I am. Because of the Pred I have taken over my 30+ years with this DD, I have really thin skin that tears and gets those blood blister like bruises that folks 20-30 years older than me usually develop with age. The Pred has sped up that process in my skin (explanation by GI). Also, like you my joints hurt so bad now, they are actually more of a problem now for me than the Crohns. I can relate to the times I literally limp.
And then there is my stomach, like many Crohnies I always have a bloated looking gut. Mostly due to my surgeries, but also from the swelling intestines we all get. I hate always wearing looser clothes to hide it.
And then there is of course the always present fatigue, where you are always too tired to even get out sometimes to enjoy yourself.
After working a fulltime job, I find sometimes I don't have the energy to do much more.
I try very hard to try to look my best at all times, but I can agree with you this DD does sometimes make you feel like you look less than your best.
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.