Posted 12/18/2018 1:24 PM (GMT -6)
I'm a 20 years old with a long history of sporadic LRQ pain and joint pain since I was 14 years old, along with being chronically underweight and fatigued. I have mouth ulcers since I was 5 years old. But I never had much diarrhea and no other symptoms were present. Until I turned 18 years old and decided to quit smoking. Then I suddenly had 4 weeks of diarrhea followed by what turned out to be a perianal abscess but which was assumed to be a sinus pilonidalis/ingrown hair. I also started to get skin ulcerations.
I did not know what was going on and assumed all those symptoms would go away. Even though my symptoms seemed worse, I seemed to gain weight initially and had plenty of energy, and that was actually the only reason why I went to a GP for my LRQ pain. It sounds stupid but it did not assumed a possible bowel disease, neither did I went to a GP for my skin ulcers (even though I was almost on OTC painkillers). Neither did my GP initially suspected possibe IBD, she thought I had a ovarian cyst or inguinal hernia due to swelling.
Based on a suspected fistula I was send to a GE in April 2018 but luckely it turned out it was just an aftermath of my abscess and it took to long. I started to smoke again and no abscess ever returned. My skin ulcers are gone as well. I know UC can be aggrivated with quitting smoking but Crohn's? I heard that abscess are exclusive to Crohn's. Does anyone know whetether LRQ is indicative of Crohn's, because that happens even when I smoke and is not immediately related to quitting. I'm not officially diagnosed with anything either because I no longer found a colonoscopy to be neccessary as all my symptoms had already disappeared when I arrived at the GE office.