I can't really tell from your post just how bad your Crohn's is, but I do know where you are coming from. I sometimes don't think my symptoms are bad enough for severe disease. I had a colonoscopy done earlier this year and from the surgeon's and nurses' reaction I knew it wasn't good. Practically the first thing my GI said to me as I walked through the door was my Crohn's was 'really really bad'. I was like 'oh'
Don't get me wrong; I'm not symptom-free. In some ways I feel quite unwell. But I'm not chained to a toilet with 10+ BMs a day. I have never been hospitalised and have never had surgery. I do have diarrhoea (if not very many times a day) and I do have pain. The pain is a relatively recent development in my 10 years with Crohn's, and I by no means have it every day, although it seems to have been ramping up lately. (Last night was a bad one... =/) I also have anaemia and can't put on weight. And I suffer a lot with lassitude, especially in the evenings.
I think the problem with me is that my Crohn's has rarely flared up, nor has it gone into remission. It just got slowly got worse, and as another poster said, you get used to it over time. I didn't look sick and still don't -- I had concerns with how 'thin' I was a few years ago, but everyone has adjusted to my new 'normal' weight. I had my brother only a few weeks ago try to tell me more than once how well I looked, until, somewhat shortly, I told him I wasn't
well. He said 'well you look
well'. I said I'm not. Silence.
Er... This probably isn't very helpful, is it? <_<. To be honest, until your doctor gives you the results of your SBFT, it's hard to know what to say. I can say that not everybody with Crohn's has diarrhoea during flare-ups; most do but not everybody. Some people tend towards the opposite end of the spectrum instead ie constipation. By the same token, most people suffer abdominal pain but not everybody. I'm not an expert on Crohn's pain, but I think whether you feel pain or not depends on the depth of the inflammation (the deeper it goes the more likely you are to feel pain) and also if you have strictures (food passing through narrowed parts causes pain). Your Crohn's may just be taking a form where, at the moment, it's not causing you diarrhoea or pain or much else in the way of symptoms. Not to frighten you, but things can
change; please don't take it for granted it will stay this way for you forever. In all honesty, it probably won't.
Just one other thought; if you're on the SCD that may be controlling your symptoms
, if not the underlying disease.