Do I have Crohn’s?

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Jenn L
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   Posted 12/5/2017 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been suffering from “something” for months. I finally went to the gastro dr he did and endoscopy (which was normal) and sent me for blood work which stated I had antibodies for Crohn’s. He never told me I had it but he wants to do a colonoscopy (on Christmas Eve) and then possibly a cat scan. If I have have antibodies is it fair to say I have Crohn’s? All he put me on was Zantac for the acid. It doesn’t help with the nasseua or stabbing pains. I’m up 4:30 am feeling like I’m going to die. One day week I’m constipated and the next diahera (never trust a fart!!!) I’m at my wits end! The only this that helps is thc oil that I vape. And that only helps the nausea enough so I can get ready for work. Any suggestions on how to manage symptoms until I get a diagnosis? Thanks and happy holidays

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   Posted 12/5/2017 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
You are going to need that colonoscopy with biopsies before you can get an accurate diagnosis. Until then google a "low residue" diet and stay on that as it might help you symptoms. Basically that means avoiding high fiber foods that might aggravate your symptoms. Overuse of ibuprofen, and infections, celiac disease and other food allergies can mimic Crohn's. If all your tests come out normal than look into a low FODMAP diet to see if you have food sensitivities. Sorry you are suffering!
58 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Dx. with c.difficile 1/12, 10/14, 11/15, 1/16. Fecal transplant on 2/24/16, and so far, no more c.diff!

5/20/14: Ileo-colic resection surgery after stricturing and partial bowel obstruction.
Not currently on any Crohn's meds and in remission, but struggling with bad IBS.

Jenn L
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   Posted 12/5/2017 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advise, I’ve never heard of that Diet. I will look into it. I can’t eat any veggies, not to be gross out they come out exactly the way they went in. I don’t digest a lot of foods lately.

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   Posted 12/5/2017 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
For the time being, probably best to avoid raw vegetables, nuts, seeds, lettuces, and fruits with skins. Really well-cooked vegetables may be ok for you. You'll just have to try and see what you can tolerate. Hopefully when you improve you can reintroduce many more foods to your diet. Peeled apples or pears or peaches might be ok, or might not, for you. Applesauce, white bread, rice, bananas, potatoes, yogurt, things like that are often 'safe' foods, but everybody's different.

As for the diagnosis, having the antibodies means you *might* have Crohn's, but as gumby said, you need a colonoscopy with biopsies, and perhaps an MRI of your small bowel, in order to make the diagnosis. In those tests they can gauge severity too, and get you started on proper medication if you indeed have Crohn's.

Good luck with the tests and let us know how you're doing.
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