Re: new to Crohns
Your symptoms are very charachteristic of Crohn's, and I find it hard to believe your Dr dismissed this as just constipation. The asachol should definitely help, but it will take awhile, like days to weeks depending on how bad the inflammation is. Is your Dr a GI specialist? If not, you certainly need one, and need aggressive treatment. I would ask for a GI antispasmodic for the cramps. I would also ask for a dietician's consult to go over dietary aggravants to avoid right now and in future. You might find it helpful at the beginning to keep a food journal to track what foods might make it better/worse, but right now, a soft. low fiber bland diet would be best, and the dietician can go over specifics with you. Asachol is an anti-inflammatory agent, and will be needed long term for prevention of flares. Prednisone is sometimes used initially to get the inflammation under control quickly and I would ask your Dr about that. Let him know about the bloody, ribbon-like stools and severe pain so he knows how miserable you are with this. Crohn's can cause very serious complications and shouldn't be treated lightly.