hey everyone this is my first time writing in any forum, so bare with me here. i think iv been suffering from crohn's disease for about 9 years now, since i was about 14, im now 21 and its gotten alot worse in the past 4 years. iv never been diagnosed. im in constant pain in my abdoman, very savage cramping, always feeling like i have to go, i have no energy anymore and i have weighed the same since grade 7 (i think thats when this all started, pretty close anyways) which isnt very much. i weigh 125 and go up and down about ten pounds constantly i guess i should put my height in too, im about 5'8-5'9 (so im pretty underweight). iv had blood in my stool for the last 4 years (since its gotten really bad). im sick every 1-2 months for 1-4 weeks, i could go on and on...i just really dont know whats going on anymore. iv been to many doctors (im in canada, so its free.) and they all want me to go undergo a colonoscopy me being my age (and being as stubborn as i am) refuse to get it done. im not even sure i have it, but it sure seems like i have every symptom, what else could this be? and are there alternatives to colonoscopy? (the doctors wont let me reason, with them.) id really like to figure this out once and for all, but i really dont wanna go thorugh with that (call me stupid). i know thur are non-invasive alternatives and what not, but it seems i have no say in the matter. im extremly stressed out. i just moved to a new city, dont know anyone here, (too sick to go out usually.) and unemployed (too sick to keep a job intact.) and without a lisense or education (since i was sick, i never wanted to be at school) im still living with my parants (...) they do help me out and take me to doctors apts. and stuff but thats about it(wont even take me to a job interview, b/c of how many jobs iv EFFED up) but they are very umm slow i guess you can say, they like to freakout and are very verbal and they are pretty much the main cause of my stress, they dont understand what im going through at all, the only thing i have found to maintain these crazy episodesand since im new to this city its been really hard to find for me(so iv been suffering, and getting sick more often) but i dont even have any medication for this (since i havnt been diagnosed) so bare withh me.. i jst truley dont know what to do anymore i prolly made this post a complete mess, but i tried. i guess im just looking for advice from ppl what are some alternatives to a colonoscopy and how do i persuade the doctor into letting me try another approach, like i know i have some sort of ibd it dosnt take rocket science for me to be able to tell you im suffering,( or in my case a colonoscopy) for the past 4 years iv been trying to eat right. (with not much money of my own, and mcdonanalds and potato chip loving parants) iv done the best i could do with what i had. what IS going to happen if i do get diagnosed with somthing, and where DO you start from there? pretend i know nothing about this condition (cuz i pretty much dont, i just recently found out, and have been reading for the past 3 weeks, (since iv been sick)) thanks to everyone who takes me seriously, cuz no one else is at all. thanks for reading please leave some advice, cuz im lost...
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