Constipation part of crohns disease?

by Bluebell
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Hi i am a 33 year old crohns sufferer. I have had crohns disease for 14 years and I have had surgery three times. At the moment I seem to be struggling to go to the bathroom is this normal?

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Constipation part of crohn's disease? NEW
by: Annette Young

Hello,

Thank you for writing in. It's a good question.And certainly one that affects many people.

Crohn's affects people very differently. Symptoms can include:

Constipation
Diarrhea
Abdominal Cramps
Headaches
Joint Pain
Rashes
Eye Pain
Nausea

Some people suffer with constipation and find it very difficult to open their bowels, it can be painful and bleeding can occur. Sometimes there are blockages and during these times, it is important to go to the doctor to seek advice and potentially, surgery. While most people believe that diarrhea is more typical with Crohn's, constipation is not uncommon.

Those who suffer with diarrhea can find it unbearable. They suffer extreme weight loss, feeling uncomfortable, restricted and their lives limited by the need for the bathroom. It's the flip side of the coin but still has such a negative impact.

Although many Crohn's symptoms are similar, the actual effect on the individual can be very different - so treatment to ease symptoms can vary too.

Food is typically linked with this disease and there may be foods that you eat that will not help with constipation so perhaps keep a check on your diary and eat softer, easy to digest foods to ensure nutrient intake but if you do have a blockage- a narrowing of the intestinal walls, then you need medical assistance. It's worth checking out just in case.

I'm sorry to hear that you have had to undergo surgery. I hope that the symptoms ease for you.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Annette

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