Is this Crohn's Disease?

by Roseann
(North Haven, CT USA)

My son is going for an upper GI and colonoscopy to test for Crohn's. I have three female cousins and their sons have Crohn's. He does not have the symptoms I've been reading about. Occasionally, he passes a little blood with mucus. Could this be Crohn's?

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Is this Crohn's Disease? NEW
by: Annette Young

Hello there,

Crohn's disease can be extremely difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are often experienced with other conditions too.

Usually extreme fatigue, nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea or constipation are experienced but joint pain, rashes etc can also be experienced.

There is usually a trigger. It might be stress. Think about the circumstances. Are there outstanding problems that is causing problems? Stress was once considered to be the reason behind this condition although research has indicated that this is not the case. It is a known trigger though so stress should be avoided at all costs.

Other triggers are spicy foods, smoking, drinking fizzy drinks or alcohol. There will be something that affects the individual on a personal level so the hard part is figuring out what the trigger is.

Crohn's is a tough disease. The best way of dealing with it is to accept it, assuming that this is the diagnosis. Learning to adapt in life is important. It depends on personal circumstances if rest can be sought when there is a nasty bout of pain or if there are people around for support if things get tough.

Try to collate as much information about the disease because this will help the doctor to make a definitive diagnosis.

I hope this helps?

Best wishes,

Annette

Is this Crohn's Disease? NEW
by: Annette Young

Hello there,

Crohn's disease can be extremely difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are often experienced with other conditions too.

Usually extreme fatigue, nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea or constipation are experienced but joint pain, rashes etc can also be experienced.

There is usually a trigger. It might be stress. Think about your circumstances. Are you particularly anxious? Do you have outstanding problems that are causing you problems? Stress was once considered to be the reason behind this condition although research has indicated that this is not the case. It is a known trigger though so stress should be avoided at all costs.

Other triggers are spicy foods, smoking, drinking fizzy drinks or alcohol. There will be something that affects you on a personal level so the hard part is figuring out what the trigger is.

Crohn's is a tough disease. The best way of dealing with it is to accept it, assuming that you receive the diagnosis. Learning to adapt your life is important. It depends on your own personal circumstances if you can rest when you get a nasty bout of pain or if you have people around you for support if things get tough.

Try to collate as much information about the disease and how it affects you because this will help your doctor to make a definitive diagnosis.

I hope this helps?

Best wishes,

Annette

????Crohn's????
by: Anonymous

There are only several ways to know for sure whether a person has crohn's or not...testing and history. Go through the testing and see what the results are. With no pain I would wonder but one never knows. Good luck with the upper GI and colonoscopy. IF they come back that he does have crohn's this is a wonderful link to keep in mind.

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