Chron's? Advise please.

by Katie May

Hello, I am twenty six and have just been told I have Chron's. I am feeling very stressed, confused and quite frankly worried after reading some of the posts.

I have had servere mouth ulcers for 3 years and was fobbed off with, 'you are stressed.' After suggesting Chron's to a doctor, she sent me to see a specialist. She looked inside my colon and said it was similiar to the surface of the moon and she was positive I had chron's. I am due for a camera in my large intestine next tuesday and I am rather worried.

My symptons are; needing to go to the toilet 2 times a day with soft stools often surrounded in mucus.
Mouth ulcers.
I do not really experience pain, is this considered a good sign?

Any suggestions or persepctives would be appreciated.

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Crohn's and waiting for diagnosis NEW
by: Annette


I am sorry to hear that you are feeling very stressed and anxious right now. I can understand completely as you have been living with some doubts and are worried about your health. Getting diagnosed is the first steps towards managing your condition if it is Crohn's disease.

Mouth ulcers can be indicative of Crohn's but also denote that you are stressed and run down. Stools with mucus are also signs that something is going on in that region and so you are having the right tests to check up if Crohn's is present.

Crohn's disease is an inflammation of the intestines, for some people, it is just the small intestine, for others it is the large intestine. Scarring can occur or inflammation can spread.It can become very painful but for others, little pain is noticed.

The symptoms of Crohn's disease vary from mild to severe but can suddenly become aggressive and flare-up seemingly without reason. Equally however, you may experience times when you have absolutely no symptoms at all and feel as if the disease has gone into remission.

Some people experience nausea, others experience severe abdominal cramps or joint pain. Your experience is very much an individual one and unique to you, it works the same way for treatment, it is trial and error in the first instance. You will know more once you have had your test results.

It may be that your symptoms never progress and you do not suffer the extremes of the disease. No-one knows why it happens and at this time, there is no cure.

It can be managed though and many people do just that. They live productive lives and learn to go with the flow, resting when necessary and then living life to the full when their health returns. Try not to stress in the meanwhile, just approach the condition with a clear head and with lots of research at the ready.

Medication can help to control it and once you know what you are dealing with, they will be able to prescribe something for you.

Best of luck.

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