How do you know if you have crohn's disease?
Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It usually affects the intestines, but may occur anywhere from the mouth to the end of the rectum (anus).
Crohn's disease Symptoms
Symptoms depend on what part of the gastrointestinal tract is affected. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can come and go with periods of flare-ups.
The main symptoms of Crohn's disease are:
Crampy abdominal (belly area) pain
Loss of appetite
Pain with passing stool (tenesmus)
Persistent, watery diarrhea
Other symptoms may include:
Fistulas (usually around the rectal area, may cause draining of pus, mucus, or stools)
Joint pain and swelling
Rectal bleeding and bloody stools
Skin lumps or sores (ulcers)
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Krista, for me my Crohn's started after a very stressful time. It started with severe abdominal pain, and diarrhea that just would not go away. After that I started dropping wieght. Really the only way to know fore sure if you have it is to go to a gastro dr and have testing done.
My mom has Crohn's Desease. And I really don't know a whole lot about it except for what she has told me and what I have seen her go through. She has severe bouts of diarreah and constipation, she has severe stomach cramps/pains, sometimes she has blood in her stool, it sometimes makes her weak and she can't eat some of the foods that she used to love because it causes her symptoms to flare up and she ALWAYS needs to know where the bathroom is everywhere we go because she never knows when she will have a flare up!! I know that it makes her miserable and she is sometimes in horriable pain. The way that she found out that she had it was that she went to her doctor with her symptoms and he sent her to a specialist and they did a bunch of test to diagnose her. She is now on about 3 different medications to help control her symptoms and some days are good and some days are bad but she is learning to live with it.
I hope this explaination helps you some... and , good luck!! :))
For me I found out I had Crohn's after my ex-husband moved me 777 miles away from my family, put me thru H***, I went from a healthy 145 pounds to 97 pounds in a 7 month period of time. I was severely dehydrated and malnutritioned. I had a cyst on the back of my belly-button from all the toxins in my system. I ended up having my ascending part of my colon and 6 feet of my small intestine removed was doin great for 17 yrs and now due to another stressful period am back on meds. As far as the symptoms go usually it will start with diarrhea and abdominal pain and them you will see blood in stool and extreme wieght loss. I hope this helped, feel free to msg me anytime if you have more ?'s
Crohn's disease is an inflammatory disease of the digestive tract. It can occur anywhere in tract from the mouth to the anus but primarily affects the small and large intestines. Abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, fever and fatique are the most obvious symptoms.
Crohn's disease is suspected in people who have experienced symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and weight loss over a period of weeks or months.
There is no single test that can establish the diagnosis of Crohn's disease with certainty as Crohn’s disease has similar symptoms to several other conditions.
Blood tests may be ordered to look for a low blood count (anaemia) that may result from rectal bleeding, to measure the severity of inflammation, and to detect vitamin or mineral deficiencies. A bowel motion specimen may be needed to exclude infection as the cause of the symptoms being experienced.
Most people require part of their intestine to be examined by a type of procedure. An endoscopy is a procedure in which a small flexible tube (endoscope) with a fibre-optic camera at its tip is inserted through the anus (colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy) or mouth (gastroscopy). The doctor is able to see the lining of the rectum and colon on a television screen and can look for signs of inflammation that may indicate Crohn’s disease. Small samples (biopsies) of the lining of digestive tract can be taken for analysis. Endoscopic visualization and biopsy are essential in the diagnosis of Crohn’s disease.
Other examinations include CT scan, which is a type of computerised X-ray, and barium X-ray studies, in which a chalky substance (barium) is swallowed or administered into the rectum and colon and X-rays taken. The barium, which can be seen on the X-rays, improves the contrast of the X-ray images.
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