Crohns Disease - Response to Carole
I'm responding to Carole who seemed to suffer the same indignities that I have.
I spent about three years telling my doctor about my fatigue, my stomach issues and various aches and pains. I've had stomach issues since childhood and all the ulcer medication didn't solve anything.
I always had the feeling the doctor thought I was overreacting (or a big wimp) because, after many tests coming back normal, he couldn't find a cause.
Then I started having anxiety attacks (mainly because I was working fulltime, raising two kids and trying to pretend I wasn't ill) and I believe the stress aggravated the Crohns. I was off work for three months (the Crohns was diagnosed) and when I returned to work I was laid off. So much for getting rid of the stress.
In addition, I also gained weight as opposed to losing it ... which is the usual I believe.
I told the doctor I wasn't tired because I'm fat - I'm fat because I'm tired. It's very frustrating.
Now I'm depending on my husband as the sole income and hoping like hell we can make it.
Hang in there Carole ... I am! There's always better days ahead! *hug*