need help finding help

by Shannon
(Charleston SC)

I have been living with Crohn's disease for a very long time, but never had the money for check ups or even medicine. I live in Charleston SC and am seeking someone who can help......the pain is horrible...I am 30 and need this to stop. If anyone can reference me to someone,anyone, that would be great. i have no insurance, and little money but can make payment plans... thank you for your time....

charleston

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by: Annette Young

Hello there,

Thank you for your post. I am sorry to hear that you have had Crohn's for a long time but you are not able to afford medicine or regular check-ups.

I have a great deal of concern for you because I know just how painful Crohn's disease can be and if you are experiencing an aggressive bout, you really do need to seek medical advice.

I just want to check whether you were actually diagnosed with Crohn's or whether you have made a self-diagnosis? If it is a case that you have diagnosed yourself, then you really do need to go and seek medical assistance because there are other conditions that it can be and alternative treatments of course.

If the doctors have officially diagnosed that you have Crohn's, then I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having regular contact with a professional, simply because Crohn's can become so aggressive and so quickly. Without treatment and regular medication, you do not know what is happening inside of you. You don't mention the symptoms that you are experiencing but you're obviously in pain. I have heard some people without insurance contacting the pharmaceutical companies direct to some success and may be that this is a root that you wish to take, I wish you luck with that.

In the meanwhile, the only thing that you can do is to ensure that you are eating a healthy and nutritious diet, trying to eat foods that are very easy to digest so that they do not put pressure on your digestive tract.

You may not feel like eating if there is a great deal of abdominal pain, but in which case, go for pureed foods, mashed potatoes, soups. Anything that will be simple and kind for you. Try to avoid as much stress and anxiety that you can, difficult if you are so worried about your health and your situation I know, but I do know that stress is a trigger for Crohn's flare-ups. If you can manage to ease off the pressure you may find that this helps.

I have attached a link here which give you a lot of information about Crohn's and I hope it helps.
http://www.webmd.com/ibd-crohns-disease/crohns-disease/default.htm

I wish you the best of luck,
Annette

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