I think I may have Crohn's but I don't have insurance and can't get checked....

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Hey guys,

So Crohns runs in my family (grandpa had it, my mom has it and my younger cousin has it) everyone seems to just write me off because they think i'm a "hypochondriac" (i'm not). I haven't had a solid bowl movement in months - maybe even almost a year. I seriously can't remember the last time I did, sometimes they are semi-solid but still not fully. I hate to get too into details but when I go, it looks like it may have come out the other end instead (if you know what I mean.) This has been constant. I eat healthy 95% of the time and I always have. It started with me being SUPER bloated all the time and I wouldn't go for a day, or sometimes two at a time. (This started about a year ago) so I thought maybe I had IBS, but since all that stopped I now go everyday which is good but it's, like I said, never solid. I tend to go as soon as 15-20 minutes after eating certain foods most days also. I do have severe stomach cramps

randomly and ONLY sometimes - it doesn't happen everyday. But when it does, it's a sharp pain like someone is stabbing me with a knife in the stomach. 

I would love to hear what everyone thinks since nobody in my family takes me seriously.

Thanks!

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    Hi, the symptom you are having before no bowel movement is not crohn's it could of been IBS. The other symtpoms is crohn's. I suggest seeking medical advice and tests.

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    Hello!

    I notice that you say you have problems after eating certain foods...

    Have you ever considered trying an elimination diet to see if there's a food (or foods) that exacerbate your symptoms?

    I'm no expert but my understanding is that you remove gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, fast food & alcohol for about a month and then reintroduce one food at a time each week.

    This enables you to pinpoint a food that disagrees with you so you can then avoid it.

    It's obviously going to be a pretty bland month and a ball ache to do but you may find that the month of eating none of the trigger foods will give your guts a rest and a chance to heal before you reintroduce things like gluten and dairy - which often prove to be the problem.

    I did a quick search on Google and there's a massive choice of sites that explain it better than I can.

    There's also the possibility that you could be predisposed to having Crohn's as your family has a history of it.😐

    I hope this is not the case as it's a debilitating disease that can make life pure misery.. 🙁

    Anyhow, enough of my rambling!

    I hope you consider the elimination diet. After all you have nothing to lose from trying it!

     

    Good luck! X 😊

     

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      Get a stool analysis (mine showed IBD and blood)- you drop it off at your GP and a pathologist does a report. I was given a colonoscopy 2 days later, and my surgeon took 6 biopsies. confirmed Crohns and Colitis indeterminate. I am on Mesalazine, 2 sachets a day, and it worked for me! I would consider myself in remission.
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    Hello!

    I notice that you say you have problems after eating certain foods...

    Have you ever considered trying an elimination diet to see if there's a food (or foods) that exacerbate your symptoms?

    I'm no expert but my understanding is that you remove gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, fast food & alcohol for about a month and then reintroduce one food at a time each week.

    This enables you to pinpoint a food that disagrees with you so you can then avoid it.

    It's obviously going to be a pretty bland month and a ball ache to do but you may find that the month of eating none of the trigger foods will give your guts a rest and a chance to heal before you reintroduce things like gluten and dairy - which often prove to be the problem.

    I did a quick search on Google and there's a massive choice of sites that explain it better than I can.

    There's also the possibility that you could be predisposed to having Crohn's as your family has a history of it.😐

    I hope this is not the case as it's a debilitating disease that can make life pure misery.. 🙁

    Anyhow, enough of my rambling!

    I hope you consider the elimination diet. After all you have nothing to lose from trying it!

     

    Good luck! X 😊

     

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