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Do I have crohn's or IBS or something else... and any advice?

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Old 05-25-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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AnnaEmily HB User
Question Do I have crohn's or IBS or something else... and any advice?

I would really appreciate if anyone remotely experienced would weigh in. And for the record I've seen 3 doctors in the past year, they don't want to test me or anything because they all think whatever I come to them about is an isolated issue and not a big deal because I'm young(23) and otherwise very healthy. Thanks doc.. These are my symptoms that started almost a year ago:

1. Digestive issues: this isn't extreme, many days I'm completely normal (no pain, bowel movement once or twice a day), but every few weeks I'll have an unexplained period of days where I'm either constipated/have hard stool or I go too much instead, like 4 times an afternoon(this more commonly). And once in a while, in the morning right before I go, I get these excruciating abdominal pains that don't go away until I have a bm.

2. Anal fissures(cause bleeding and pain sometimes after hard stool), external hemorrhoids and a perianal abcsess that I had drained, then re-drained and put on antibiotics for two weeks, but that is still leaking and causing some discomfort every few days (this is 2 months after the initial abcess).

3. Cannot gain weight- note, this may be unrelated and not a problem as I am not sickly thin, I have always been pretty thin, but it's frustrating because I would like to put on a bit of weight (people do comment on how thin I am) and I eat whatever I feel like and more but I don't gain at all.

So, doctors brush me off and I'm not wanting to try to get surgery on the abscess/fistula whatever it is now until I'm completely desperate. I am managing all this by taking fibre and water, generally taking it easy, not sitting for long periods of time also when that is acting up.
I have a family friend who has Crohn's and sometimes when I think about his problems I wonder if I have a mild version or something. I'm just wondering if I'm doing ok or if I should be freaking out or doing something else. Ok thanks for listening to my sob story.

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Old 07-27-2012, 05:38 PM   #2
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Re: Do I have crohn's or IBS or something else... and any advice?

It sounds like you may have a case of IBS. The only thing throwing me off is the fistula that you had drained. That is actually a symptom that GI doctors look for when trying to diagnose Crohns. I am kind of in the same boat that you are, only I cannot stop going. I go from 14-20 times a day and once it was over 105 times in less than a 36 hour period. I ended up in the hospital due to severe dehydration. I have had all of the tests done, and I am only 29. My doctors keep telling me that I am also too young to have problems, although Crohn's runs heavily in my family. However, upon examination, my intestines show no signs of Crohn's disease. I have seen numerous doctors as well. The only thing I can tell you is do not give up. Keep getting other opinions until you can find a doctor that will listen to you. I was a nurse for several years, and I worked for some doctors that didn't care, and some that did everything in their power to help someone. So I know there are good doctors out there, although I have not found any that specialize in GI problems yet. You are not too young for IBS. In fact, even though my GI doctor told me that I do not have IBS, my family physician said that IBS is what they diagnose you with when they cannot find a cause for your GI problems. FYI, my ex GI doctor was an idiot, so I stopped seeing her. Any one of any age can have IBS, because a lot of times it is caused by stress, but it can be genetic. Like I said, just keep searching for other opinions, and tell your doctor that you want them to listen to you and take you seriously, and if that is not what they are willing to do then they do not need to waste your time or their's. I wish you the best of luck.

Old 07-30-2012, 08:48 AM   #3
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AnnaEmily HB User
Re: Do I have crohn's or IBS or something else... and any advice?

Hi Aldunn, thanks for the reply. Guess what.. I do have Crohn's. Since I posted that I ended up moving, got a new doctor, told her my issues and she suspected it right away, sent me to a GI who I just finally got to see, and he said that he is almost completely sure I have it but I have to get some more tests done. And he referred me to a surgeon, because that fistula I was talking about is still there :[. So, yeah I'm not happy about having this, but at least things are finally being recognized and moving towards sorting it out. You are so right about needing to be persistent and get a good doctor; it's frustrating but it seems like things need to get really bad before someone will take your situation seriously. The fact that you have to run to the bathroom so much sounds like Crohns or UC too, or maybe just IBS like you said, it really shows up different in different people. I've tried to stick to the bland low fibre/residue diet to some extent and it helps a little, but being distracted and generally un-stressed helps the most. Good luck to you too hang in there

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