Crohns without diarrhea

Posted , 13 users are following.

I've just been diagnosed with crohns disease but I don't get diarrhea, I get chronic constipation and severe inflammation with lower back pain and hip pain.

Does anyone else have this (no diarrhea) but have other symptoms?

What has your treatment been?

0 likes, 22 replies

Report

22 Replies

Next
  • Posted

    I have chronic constipation but have to take laxatives every day had a flex sigmoidoscopy but had to stop it early as it was too painful, still waiting for results biopsies looked normal so dont know what it is very worrying
    Report Reply
    • Posted

      I also take laxatives everyday.

      I had my colonoscopy Monday last week and the doc said it was crohns, they also took samples to test at pathology, I'm waiting for my results too.

      Good luck with your results.

      Keep me posted ?

      Report Reply
  • Posted

    Hi

    i too have constipation and back pain doctors have given me lactose which I take twice a day.  It is helping

     

    Report Reply
    • Posted

      Hi

      Glad to hear that this is helping, I have heard of lactose, I might speak to my doctor and see if this is suitable for me.

      Thanks

      Take carewindow.post_1475534901094_15 = function(win,msg){

      win.postMessage(msg,"*"wink;

      }

      Report Reply
  • Posted

    I've just been told also I have crohn's too and have constipation . It took 2yr . Now on laxatives but takes a 1wk to work. Eat very little portion feel nausea a lot and tired. Losing weight. Using special nutritional drinks when unwell.

    Report Reply
    • Posted

      Hi Gayle,

      I'm sorry to hear this, it's really a horrible thing to go through.

      it seems as though us sufferers with constipation have no choice but to take some form of  laxtive to get by.

      I hope you feel better soon..

      Report Reply
  • Posted

    Hey,

    Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I have also just been diagnosed after months of unbearable stomach cramps and being told repeatedly by doctors that I had gastritis.

    I had a colonscopy two weeks ago and have been on steroids ever since. No diarrhea, but bad constipation. I am following a low fibre diet which has really helped, avoid anything like nuts, popcorn, dried fruit as you may struggle to digest and pass these.

    I am due to go on azathioprine this week and have been told to take laxido to help with constipation. Not sure if that will help at all but the diet has helped me a bit. I hope you manage to feel better soon.

    Report Reply
    • Posted

      Hi Fran,

      I'm also sorry to hear about your diagnosis.

      It's upsetting when people that don't have this disease just don't understand how it affects us, so it's really reassuring to be able to talk to other's who have similar issues.

      I don't understand how a low fibre diet can help when they stress that a high firbre diet is what we need to keep things move alongneutral but I am glad it is working for you wink  in any case, it's still early days for me so I will have a lot of questions for my doctor when I go see him on Monday.

      This is a very wierd disease to have.

      Thank you so much for your information and I do hope that you continue to feel good.

      Report Reply
    • Posted

      Hey Grace,

      It's a horrible thing to have, I'm so shocked at how many people suffer as I barely knew anything about it going back a few weeks.

      The NHS have been absolutely appalling my end which resulted in me paying privately. I bought 2 books - both of which suggested a low fibre diet. The doctors were unable to tell me what to eat and what could reduce my flare up and after all the wrong medication and telling me to avoid acid free food - the books I have used completely make sense and have answered more questions that my doctors. My specialist also recommended the books yesterday so it may be helpful for you to read them too.

      The first is Inflammatory Bowel Disease by John Hunter and the other is Crohn's and Colitis Diet Guide by Dr A Hilary Steinhart. It explains what causes the constipation and how certain foods can make such a difference. It has been one of the only things to get me by the last few weeks. I hope it can help others reading this too smile

      Good luck smile

      Report Reply
    • Posted

      Hey Fran.

      Unfortunately I knew about crohns but could never imagine it would happen to me.

      Good help is hard to get, the doctors don't always give you the help and advise that we need, thank goodness for sites like this one.

      I will try to hunt down these books and have a read of them in the meantime I will wait for my appointment and see what they have to say.

      Thanks again and take care

      Report Reply
    • Posted

      Thanks just read your message to grace and noticed you recommend 2 books. Thanks I'll have a look at them too. Hope you feel well.

      Report Reply
  • Posted

    Hi Grace.

    ive had active severe Crohn's for 1 year now and I've never had the diarrhoea symptom, although I produce a lot of gas instead. It's an awful disease but once you get on the right medication you can live painfree hopefully. Unfortunately for myself I've tried various medications and treatment but have had reactions to them all, but I'm an exception so hopefully youll get sorted quicker. 

    As for low fibre diet and this helps during an active bout but for me diet doesn't seem to make any difference.

    Report Reply
    • Posted

      Hi Carl,

      Thanks for your post.

      I'm sorry to hear that you're still not feeling well.

      Ironically, I just got back from Mr gastro doc who was happy with my progression. I'm currently pain free lol

      I've been on Budesonide for 1 month and half and he has now instructed me to reduce the mg, once  I have taken the remaining tablets, I can stop taking these meds, YAY....

      However he did say that if I start to feel sick again then he will have to look at putting me on long term medication which has side effects, Of course, so I'm keeping me fingers crossed.

      As for the constipation he suggested movicol which is a very safe and gently laxtive to take on a daily basis, I can take this as often or as less as I need it. I highly recommend it. I also agree that diet doesn't make a difference for me either, so I'm eating and drinking as normal, so far so good....

      I hope you find the best result for you.

      Good luck and keep smiling biggrin

      Report Reply

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion Reply

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up