Truly sorry to hear that you have Crohn's, but as has been mentioned, at least you have a reason for why your body has been acting so poorly in the last few months. That is a cause for some relief I would think.
As someone who suffers from Ulcerative Colitis, which is pretty close to the same thing as Crohn's, I can tell you that your life will seem a little topsy-turvy while you are learning how to control your Crohn's. It is a whole new way of living, but the thing to remember is that it doesn't have to control you! There are many medicines available, as well as naturopathic remedies. Not everything you try will help you, but don't lose hope! Keep trying things until you find what works for you. I'm sure that the members on the Crohn's board will tell you the same thing. You might want to peek into the UC forum as well. Things that help one disease oftentimes help the other.
I hope your appointment with the specialist (a GI doc, right?) goes well. It really might help to take someone along with you as suggested. It will relieve some anxiety, and also give you another set of ears to gather whatever info the doc gives out. Do some research on the net about
Crohn's before your appt, and get some advice from Crohnies and UCers also. One other thing that I would stress: Be completely honest with your doc about
things, because the more that your medical practitioner knows, the better they'll be able to help you. If you aren't comfortable talking about
somethings, let the doc know that, and hopefully they can guide the conversation in a way that lets you express yourself.
Good luck Michelle. Keep us updated about
how things are going with you.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06, had symptoms since '99
Meds & supplements: VSL#3, Lialda, Allegra, multi-vitamin, Wellbutrin XL, Prednisone, fluoxetine, Omega 3 caps, and vit B-12.