Help- Severley Constipated. Do i have crohns?

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   Posted 7/14/2017 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi so i havent been diagnosed with crohns and need some advice. My own GP has said i have ibs. Now after taking fybogel mebeverine, senna tablets and anxiety tablets she has decided i just have a 'lazy bowel' Has anyone had constipation with crohns?

Im in agony and want to figure out what is wrong with me. I had sharp pains which were unbearable the other night. Felt like someone had took a knife or sharp long needle and stuck it up my back passage and out through my back. I was unable to sit or walk and passed out from the pain. Went to A&E but was unable to stay as had been there so long. Done a home enema which was given by A&E and im still in pain and constipated. The doctor in A&E had mentiomed about ruling out things such as blockage and crohns and doing tests etc.
I asked my own GP if she could refer me to someone so i can figure out whats causing this or whats actually wrong with me. But she just says now that i have a lazy bowel and told me to keep taking fybogel. I have changed my diet in the past year, eating more fibre, fruit and veg, drinking more water. But nothing has helped. Ive even thought i was pregnant a few months ago as i was wretching with food and couldnt keep it down. But not pregnant and apparently it was cause i hadnt had a bowel movement in so long it was basically making me ill.
Just wondering if someone could give me advice or point me in the right direction? Is it just IBS or a lazy bowel? Can crohns cause constipation or who would i need to see to get a proper diagnosis whether it be ibs or something?

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   Posted 7/14/2017 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, it's possible to be constipated with Crohn's. But that said, it is possible for severe constipation to cause as bad pain as you described.

I think you should find another GP, not 'cos I think it's very likely you have Crohn's but the constipation ought to be investigated further if it's that bad. Google colonic inertia: it's a real thing and more Fybogel definitely will not help. Find a more sympathetic GP who will refer you to a GI.
Dx Crohn's in June 2000. (Yay skull)
Tried: 5-ASAs, azathioprine, 6MP, Remicade, methotrexate, Humira, diets.
1st surgery 20/2/13 - subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy.
2nd surgery 10/7/15 - ileorectal anastomosis. Stoma reversed and ileum connected to the rectum.
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   Posted 7/14/2017 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
If this were me, I would get a new GP, yours is not doing their job. If a person is bad enough to go to ER, they warrant proper testing. I would also call my insurance & speak to someone that can help you out. Explain what has been going on & many times insurance will assist in getting people in with a specialist when the GP is not doing their job. None of us can say yep, you have crohns. You need a colonoscopy with biopsy to determine if you have any type of IBD, or IBS. The path report of the biopsy tells the story. People can have constipation or diarrhea & not have crohns.

In the mean time if you are still plugged up, go to the store & buy a bottle of magnesium citrate to hopefully get things moving. This is often used to clean a person out before a procedure. I have thrown up too because of things getting plugged up.

I hope you get to feeling better.
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   Posted 7/14/2017 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Constipation is very common with Crohn's sufferers. Usually, you either present with severe diarrhea or constipation.

I wouldn't jump to conclusions, but you really should get some diagnostics done to rule out any digestive disorder.

Crohn's usually comes with several other symptoms. Lower right abdominal pain, severe fatigue, inflammation to name a few.

At this point, you either need to go back to your doctor and push for better care, or simply find another doctor, and be referred to a Gastroenterologist.

Hope you're feeling better soon.
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