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Re: IBS vs. Crohn's Disease?

Re: IBS vs. Crohn's Disease?

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Posted by Elizabeth on October 01, 2000 at 23:18:22:

In Reply to: IBS vs. Crohn's Disease? posted by Susanne Clement on October 01, 2000 at 15:11:02:

Hi Susanne,

My brother has Crohn's and my dad and grandmother have diverticulitis. We compare symptoms a lot. While I am sure I don't have diverticulitis, I don't know about Crohn's. I sort of am in the same boat as you. It seems that the major differences between my brother and myself are that I seem to be sick and in pain on a regular basis (every morning and most evenings) with mostly diarrhea and ocassional vomiting while he has severe pain and uncontrollable diarrhea every once in a while and has had blood in his stools. He's had an iliotomy (sp?) and still gets sick every so often. Crohn's is a scary, scary thing (after seeing my brother almost die). They still aren't sure about my case but I can't afford a colonoscopy right now so I'll ahve to wait to find out. I would love to get one (did I just say that?) It would be nice to just *know* one way or the other. If I were you I'd just get one and get it over with, then you can start working on whatever is best for your disease (diet-wise).

The GI specialist I saw a while back said that Crohn's attacks are less predictible than IBS attacks (I'm still trying to interpret that statement). He thought I might have Crohn's because of my middle-of-the-night thing.

I don't know if any of that helps. It's getting late. But good luck and, again, I'd get the scope if I were you!

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