Here I am with another post - please be patient with me! I am learning so much from this forum. For those of you who have gotten to "know" me form my posts, I'm having my second active flare in the six years since being diagnosed with CD. This has been the worse by far and resulted in hospitilzation last month.
My question relates to how my stomach swells after I eat and doesn't go down for quite some time - maybe an hour or two or more after my meal starts digesting. My oldest son joked and asked me "So when is our baby sister due?" My ribs even hurt and my sides become swollen and hurt too. I swear I can feel "her leg" ha!. This even happens, although to a lesser degree, when I drink my morning shake, mostly the feeling of fullness and discomfort.
So, from this forum, I've gotten great ideas of what to eat (I'm eating low residual diet now, taking stool softerns as the prednisone has resulted in formed stools for the first time in 6 years!, and have two protein shakes with physillium fiber daily). I've been tapering off my predinsone from 60mg and now am taking 50 mg. B/c of the prednisone, I'm hungry all the time and can eat without having a a hunger /full gauge like I usually do ... although the basic discomfort I get with eating in general has me thinking.
Could the "load" that seems to sit in my stomach mean that maybe I have a narrowing in my large bowel? My large bowel, by the way "shut down" and showed up "black" on the XRay the doc took which landed me in the hospital, (in addition to my severe dehydration). Could it be I should be taking a digestive enzyme when eating?
I think practiaclly, my body is telling me to eat more but smaller meals, rather than the 2 or 3 larger/medium meals I've been eating ....
Has anyone experienced this? Ideas? Help? Thanks and thanks for being so patient with all my questions as of late!!!!
44-single mom diagnosed with Crohn's 2004 via pill camera 6MP kicked into remission (along with modified diet) so went off in 2006.
2009/2010 acute flare and hospitalization - now on Imuran. Currently taking 55 mg prednisone.
Current problem - protruding thrombosed hemorrhoids (external as well as internal).
Fibromyaglia; migraines; herniated disks C5,6 and arthritis in neck; asthma; scolisis in back/arthritis.