Crohn's versus stomach bug

by Mary-Minn
(Eugene, OR)

How can you tell if you have crohn's or a stomach bug?

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Crohn's versus stomach bug
by: Annette Young

Hello there,

A stomach bug is usually fairly short-lived.It may be aggressive and painful initially but afterwards the symptoms start to ease off and you feel better.

Crohn's symptoms tend to last much longer especially during aggressive flare-ups and there can be a variety of symptoms including

Abdominal cramps
Nausea
Diarrhea
Joint pain
Constipation
Fatigue
Rashes

Crohn's affects people differently however so it does not mean that you would experience all of these symptoms. There are usually triggers that can cause an aggressive bout of pain. Food is one area to look at because for obvious reasons, the food that you eat has to pass through the digestive tract and if there are sore areas within the digestive tract/intestines then eating can be quite painful. Abdominal pains might mean constipation or blockages or diarrhea with blood, can cause iron deficiency.

Stress can cause problems too so try not to worry about problems rather take a pro-active approach and deal with them head on rather than letting problems get to you. Stress is a well-known trigger.

It's important that you go and seek medical advice if your pains continue. It can take a while to get an accurate diagnosis so don't leave it.

I hope this helps?

Best wishes,

Annette

CROHNS
by: Alex

I was diagnosed with crohns 5 years ago, I think the only way to tell is have a blood test your doctor should then be able to tell you. I always hope its a bug otherwise its a course of steroids which arn't nice.

how to tell
by: Anonymous

Colitis is an inflammitory bowel disease, as is crohn's. If you've already been diagnosed with ileo colitis then I'd suspect a flare up. Have you been treated for it? I have crohn's and never throw up unless I have a stomach bug, but I do have excessive diarrhea, stomach pain, and wind. I think the only way to truely know which one you have is to be tested for inflammitory markers in your blood and a colonoscopy.

Crohns or h.pylori?
by: Jill (UK)

Hi, my doctor initially told me I had excess stomach acid. I've had pain on and off for 6 years ever since I had a vein removed from my leg. After a lot of visits to the doctors and a blood test I was diagnosed with what is called h.pylori (google it) Took a set of tablets for it then a few weeks later was in hospital with suspected appendicitis. I had lost a lot of weight in a short period of time, was tired but put that down to just being very busy! Anyway a year on I have just found out (last monday) I have crohns disease...only 37 years old. Don't drink, never smoked, been a very healthy and active sole all my life and the only question I'm asking myself is...why? I've had bad pain and vomiting when it occurs but nothing else, no dashing off to the loo? Started taking what we Brits call multivitamins and feel a bit better..Hope this helps xx Ps if I eat green vegetables I suffer for a week (especially sprouts and brocolli)

Stomach Bug
by: Anonymous

I was just diagnosed with Crohns last week. I started out about 7 wks ago with what I thought was a stomach bug, since the rest of my family had it. Only thing was that theirs went away and mine didn't. I started having loss of appetite and lost 23 lbs in 6 wks. My dr. now thinks that I had a flare-up of Crohns the whole time.

Crohn's versus stomach bug
by: Anonymous

What I meant was "How can you tell if you are having a Crohn's flare or a bug?" Reason I ask is that I've been having intermittent mild nausea and dizzy-ish, weak, low-grade feverish spells for a while. The past few days, it's been much worse. I have no diarrhea or outright vomiting, thanks to phenergen. My GI doc doesn't think it's Crohn's but this has been going on for a while. I was dx'd 14 years ago with ileo-colitis.

Crohn's versus stomach bug
by: Anonymous

What I meant was "How can you tell if you are having a Crohn's flare or a bug?" Reason I ask is that I've been having intermittent mild nausea and dizzy-ish, weak, low-grade feverish spells for a while. The past few days, it's been much worse. I have no diarrhea or outright vomiting, thanks to phenergen. My GI doc doesn't think it's Crohn's but this has been going on for a while. I was dx'd 14 years ago with ileo-colitis.

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