Symptoms of Crohns

by Victor

I want to know if a person with Crohn's Disease sometimes get pus filled bumps on parts of there body like face and butt? And does it cause your stomic to swell even through you are not eating much at all, and what are other symptoms?

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Fistulas and crohns
by: Anonymous

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Fistulas & Crohns
by: Anonymous

Yes, fistulas can be associated with Crohns. I first started having symptoms of Crohns disease 32 years ago. Before it was diagnosed, the doctors didn't know yet what was causing the acute diarrhea, fever, lack of appetite, extreme fatigue and sores on the lower part of my legs. One doctor even sent me to a dermatologist. However, when I was finally diagnosed as having Crohn's, the gastrointerologist said the fistulas was one of the symptoms. Since then, I've been able to keep it under better control and have not had the fistulas again.

by: Shawna

Yeah they are called fistulas. I had one on the left side of my rectum and had to have a seton band put in. I have also heard about people having them on the outside of their abdomen around their belly buttons. Even though the seton band has been removed and I am on Humira, the fistula still acts up if if I have a bad flare up from Crohns.

Hope this helps.

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Could i have Crohns with none of the symptoms

by Craig

Hi folks, i have stumbled onto this site this evening whilst looking for information.
In March 2016 i had severe abdominal pain, turns out i had a large abdominal abscess caused by appendicitis(i had no idea i had appendicitis), anyway, the abscess was drained and appendix removed.
Roll on a couple of months and i get a letter from the surgeon saying i was being referred to a Gastroenterologist as my appendix analysis show signs of stuff that can be present in someone with Crohns disease.
I turned up for my appointment with the Gastro Doc and he tells me i have Chrons? i was surprised to say the least. I get sent for a Colonoscopy which showed nothing, my Calprotectin levels were normal and bloods were fine. I have no symptoms at all except i am quite gassy and get a strange fluttering sensation in the abdomen regularly. No pain except some wind pain and i eat a normal diet.
I have another appointment soon, no idea what happens next, i feel totally normal but is this normal?

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colitis symptoms

by Nick Huffman
(Bluffton, Indiana, U.S.)

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis about a year ago and sense then, I have done nothing to better myself like an idiot. I am 18 and played supports and was healthy until I tore my ACL and have been unable to play sports competively. The pain, blood, diarrhea, tiredness, etc. was worse than before. Is this Crohn's or even worse cancer? I don't know what to do. I have went to a doctor and eye reader and they both been very hesitant and worried about it but what tell me what they think, other than I need to try doing this for a little bit or lets not jump to any conclusions or you need to see a doctor.

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Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis NEW
by: Annette

Hi there,

I am sorry to hear about your health situation. Nothing is more worrying that not being able to diagnose a health problem for sure and even though you have been told it is Ulcerative Colitis, there is still a question mark over it which just aggravates the whole situation and increases your sense of frustration.

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease and it affects the lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Crohn's disease is a related condition. Many people are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and then with Crohn's but it is not always the case obviously.

Symptoms for Ulcerative Colitis include:

Abdominal pain
Diarrhoea with blood and mucus

In addition...

Tiredness or fatigue
Weight loss
Changes in appetite
Feelings of dehydration

Ulcerative Colitis is often worse first thing in the morning.

The problem is that the symptoms are very similar so this makes it very difficult to diagnose for sure. It is important however to go back to your doctor and to ask if there is any chance that it could be Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease can and does affect the large intestine but more commonly it affects the small intestine. Crohn's disease seems to affect people differently though, the symptoms vary, some have only mild symptoms and others suffer a great deal into it seemingly goes into remission.

Do watch what you eat. Avoid alcohol or smoking where possible and it's worth keeping a diary as to the good days, bad days, food eaten etc. This can often highlight triggers and if you can take this journal to the doctors it may help them to give you a correct diagnosis for once and for all.

Unsurprisingly, stress and anxiety can make the conditions much worse so do try to just cope on a day to day basis and adopt a flexible approach to life. It is difficult but it is the best way to be able to cope with either Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's disease.

I hope this helps? Good luck.

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are the symptoms allways the same with crohn's?

My son is 15. 9 weeks ago, he became very unwell whilst climbing a mountian, and had to 'go' there and then. A bout of loose bowels and stomach cramps lasting 3 weeks followed, then it clamed down for a day or 3, then returned with headaches and fatigue, we where given 2 types antibiotics, the loose stools then calmed a bit, but the pain became worse. he has since had sore throats,occasional inability to keep breakfast down, stomach pains (lower right on the whole), headaches, and nasea, these have become our lives,there is some respite for a day or two, but never for long! he has missed school almost constantly, as when he went, they had to send him home. He now has what the doctor termed a severe ear infection, and is on amoxicillin for this.i think this is a result of bieng so run down, he is rather on the thin side, BUT he is now eating fairly normally again. the first bloods taken 5 weeks ago where normal, but he has declined in health since, and struggles to walk up the lane without discomfort. However, his bowels are now back to normal, just pain, nausea, belching and burning when he does pass a stool. We see the GI on friday..they have mentioned colitis, appendicitus, crohn's and IBS..i had anal fistulas and abcesses as a child,and had surgery twice for these. and there is coeliac in my family, for which they took bloods that are not back yet (5 weeks ago), my brother had a sort of bowel stretch thing done too, but i dont know what is relevant, i just know i want my son to get his life back. any advice or help appreciated. thanks.

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your son
by: Anonymous

this is like looking in a time warp mirror. same shit happened to me. you can make the remission last longer (or possibly keep it all at bay) with a good diet. its not a bad thing to eat a kebab or pizza once in a while but make sure you get plenty of good natural food inside ya. take vitamin supplements and cut down on rough food. by rough i mean crispy stuff that still has edges on after you swallow it, and fibrous veg like spinach and sprouts, root veg breaks down more easily. also shells and skins aint very good eg sweet corn shells and tomato and jacket potato skins. acidy drinks can burn sometimes, try to find a tasty alternative. the bowels in this instance are very sensitive so they must recieve the best nutrition with the least irritation (and fake stuff that we not meant to digest)

by: Anonymous

well, we saw the GI doctor, and as my son was not currently suffering severe diarhea, he was not too concerned, and asked him to 'sit on it' till oct, then return for a review. My son is a little better just now..and i have noticed, he seems to get an attack of these awfull symptoms after eating fatty and fried foods too..especially the nausea. The pain has clamed a lot recently, and he is using immodium properly when needed. I have everything crossed that this good spell will continue, and that he doesent have this illness after all, it has been a dreadfull time, as i too have been ill, and we all need a break now! thanks.

My heart goes out 2 ye
by: Anonymous

Im hoping that by the time ye recieve this somebody would have answered your questions. My heart goes out 2 your son & your family as i know how you feel, more so your son. Theres plenty of things that Colitis/Cronhs can affect, its almost impossible 2 tell you them all. However what your son seems 2 be expeirencen are the same as a Colitis/Cronhs sufferer would. Me, myself missed alot of school from the ages of 8 up 2 14 Hospital was my second home also i was told & came 2 understand that when like myself or your son has these horrible symtoms the body cant fight off infections. Ive had chest infections,mouth ulcers,painful joints, incapable of doing limited exercise. The abdominal pains that comes with the loose stools are almost as bad as chilbirth, as when i was having my son i mistaked the pains for a flare up. Its very hard. My best advice would be 2 find a good Gastreneotrioligist. Somebody who will understand, thats very important as ive had some bad experiences with some that would brush you off with any type of medication. I hope you get the answers you&your son deserve. Get well soon. You can contact me direct if i can be of any help,

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at what ages do you symptoms of Crohn's Disease appear

at what ages do you symptoms of Crohn's Disease appear

My girlfriends brother has been diagnosed with Crohn's but she had also been tested negative but that was when she was sixteen that was 3 years ago - now I am wondering if this disease could have been activated later in life, because she has some of the symptoms now (IE. abdominal pains and diarrhea over the last 2 months ) Can abuse of drugs activate latent tendencies as well?

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At What Ages do your Symptoms of Crohn's Disease Appear? NEW
by: Anonymous


Thanks for your question. I hope by now that your girlfriend has managed to get a correct diagnosis and is on treatment. It's important to realise that this disease can affect anyone and at any age - it can start almost without warning but may have been grumbling away for a long time. There is no doubt that there is more chance of having Crohn's if there are others in the family who have the disease too. The risk increases depending whether one or both parents have the condition.

The condition is often undiagnosed for some time, there can be other conditions which can mirror Crohn's and therefore, until the disease really takes a grip, the sufferer can spend sometimes years being unsure as to what is really wrong.

Stress and anxieties of course can make it much worse but you also mention drugs and these can certainly have an adverse affect. Anything that irritates the gastrointestinal tract should be avoided at all costs. Drugs won't cause the disease in the same way that stress does not cause the disease but they can play a huge part in making the symptoms worse.

Those with Crohn's disease have to live a well-balanced lifestyle and to avoid doing anything that could affect the sensitive balance within. Crohn's disease can start at any age and it can seemingly enter a period of remission unexpectedly too. But it is important to take the right medicine and to keep watch over the disease in case it takes a turn for the worse. You can advise your girlfriend to keep any daily Journal of the food she eats etc as this can help to identify any triggers.

I hope this helps.


Symptoms NEW
by: Anonymous

Was your girlfriend ever tested for endometrosis, as these symptoms are also characteristic of might be worth looking into.

Symptoms NEW
by: Anonymous

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at what ages do you symptoms of Crohn's Disease appear NEW
by: Lydia D.

Crohn's can hit at anytime, any age, any genetically susceptible person. It is a genetic disease with over 71 susceptibility gene loci currently identified with an estimated 300 in total. Your girlfriend needs to get a referral to the gastroenterologist. She may well have the disease. The likelihood of her parents having passed the disease onto her is between 8 and 33%.

Street drugs may decrease the absorption of vitamins and other micro-nutrients especially when combined with alcohol (known to prevent adequate uptake of certain vitamins). They may also irritate the gastrointestinal tract. This also depends with what they are cut with and in what quantities they were taken. This may have caused her to flare up, if she is actually diagnosed with Crohn's. However, the disease was there all along - either quiescent or smouldering. The drugs didn't cause the disease but they triggered it and they may have triggered the disease to appear a lot earlier than she would otherwise have developed it. In the literature there is a report of a man that had his first Crohn's aged 92.

Either way I agree with the previous poster - recreational drugs are a big mistake.

Most recreational drugs bring about irreversible changes to the central nervous system when taken - naturally the danger varies from user to user.

Schizophrenia and depression are just two of the diseases that can be caused/triggered by street drugs. These may not manifest themselves until later on in life, years after the drug-taking phase.

Thrombosis (blood clotting) is also a real risk in Crohn's patients. This means that Crohn's patients are at high risk of ischaemic stroke, ischaemic heart disease, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, etc. Crohn's patients, in particular, must have a very clean and healthy lifestyle.

I suggest that you do some reading around the subject and make an informed choice before the pending brain damage prevents you from doing anything at all.

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by: Anonymous

my brother got chrons disease at 19 and had a full time stoma. i later in life 25 got chrons disease but i also have another brother and he has 5 children all free from disease, so it can run in familys and can occur at any age, i find if i drink or take drugs it exacerbates mt syptoms, so dont do either now. all i can say is if you drink and take drugs recreationally and your not dependant if so seek help give it up, even if you dont have chrons disease

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honestly i dont know

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Is this a symptom of crohn's?

Is uncontrolable gas a symptom of Crohn's Disease?

I have a co-worker that suffers from Crohn's Disease. He said that he is unable to control when he passes gas so we are forced to tollerate the horrible smells on a daily basis. It seems that whenever it becomes an issue, he is able to control it and leave the room to take care of his business.

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Living with Crohns
by: Gonsman50


I can relate living with these symptoms, particularly the gas. I've been living with the disease for 39 years now after having a resection of the illium and small bowel back in 1971. I get monthly B-12 shots now because I can't absorb this vitamin anymore. Though my weight returned not long after the surgery and I've lived a relatively normal life except for the fairly frequent trips to the bathroom and never a regular bm. I honestly don't know what causes these side effects, only that during certain times of the year my crohn's symptoms seem to get worse, especially in the spring, when the pollen is most evident. I've heard that crohn's disease is an autoimmune disorder, like allergies. I'd be interested in knowing if you or others suffer allergies as I do along with the Crohns?

looking for support
by: Anonymous

my mom was diagnosed. iam looking for a support group for her in spokane wa. thank you and best wishes

get some smints
by: Anonymous

or other strong minty flavored gum/candy, or even peppermint tea, it could help mask it. I know it sucks, but sometimes it can't be helped. Even the most innocent of foods can set it off. Be glad it was only gas, if he was in a real bad way you could've witnessed a shart, and/or blood with it. Go easy on the guy.

by: louise37

Hi I am sorry that this is an issue I can understand why but honestly he cannot help it I am a 37 year old woman and I also have this problem, as I know alot of people with CD do, My husband and children are used to it now but there are still times when it supprises even me but really he cannot help it he isn't using CD as an excuse for his gassy problem, I suggest buying airfreshner ,

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My symptoms sound like crohn's but not sure

for almost a year now, I have had stomach/bowel problems with no proper diagnosis. it started off when i was getting heartburn after drinking coffee but thought nothing of it until one day after having only a small amount of my coffee, i became very nauseous and it lasted all day and for a few weeks after especially after i ate, during witch i would take Gravol when i felt really bad which would help. I went to the doctor who did a urine test and a stomach x-ray and was told i had mild swelling in part of my stomach but was told it was nothing to worry about. I was also given Tecta for the reflux i was having. The reflux stopped, but i was still feeling nauseous so i went to a different doctor a week later who sent me for some blood work and h-poly test witch all came back normal so i was told to just take it easy and see how i do with taking the Tecta for longer. i then found a third doctor a few weeks later who then referred me to a gastroenterologist. the first visit to the gastro, he sent me for more blood work and told me to eat more fiber. all the blood work came back fine, so i had a gastroscopy done witch he said came back normal and was then told to just continue have a high fiber diet. the nausea went away after a while things went back to normal, taking zantac every now and then when i had reflux. 3 weeks ago, i started noticing blood in my stool but thought it was probly just a one time thing. then throughout the rest of the week, i continued to have blood and my stool would get softer every day and on the friday of that week, i was having diarrhea, which has been going on for 8 days now and still blood mixed in but i am also having pain in my lower abdomen and foul smelling gas. went back to the gastro 3 days ago and he sent me for more bloodwork and stool sample to see if there is a bacterial infection or something then told me to come back in a month if my symptoms are still the same then he will do a colonoscopy. I feel like he should be doing the colonoscopy now, because now i have nausea too while i'm going to the washroom. can someone please give me some incite on if this sounds like crohn's and if this is what anyone elses symptoms were before they were diagnosed?

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My symptoms sound like crohn's but not sure NEW
by: Annette Young

Hi there,

Thank you for writing in with your question. I read your post with the greatest of sympathy because it sounds like you are experiencing a terrible time of it right now.

It can take a long time to gain a correct diagnosis if it is Crohn's disease. I know many people who have been suffering with a variety of conditions for many years and eventually they do get diagnosed with Crohn's disease.

It's important that if you do not get a diagnosis that you keep pushing for support because Crohn's can grumble away for a long time.

Symptoms can include:

Abdominal Cramps
Joint Pain
Intense Fatigue
Rectal bleeding

While you are awaiting diagnosis, I would take certain steps to try to manage your symptoms and pain:

Limit or reduce dairy products as if you are lactose intolerant you may find that you have abdominal pain, wind or diarrhea as a result.

Go for low-fat foods as if you do have Crohn's disease you may find it difficult to digest fats. The fats pass through the intestine and this can make any diarrhea worse.

Low fiber options might be the answer. Fiber can make wind, diarrhea and abdominal pain worse.Try steaming or baking your fruits and vegetables instead as this will make them more easy to digest.

Eat smaller meals. Make it as easy as possible to digest your food. Little and often may be the answer.

Nutritious diet - if you have a lot of pain when you eat and digest, you may find that you are eating much less than usually and that your food is not as healthy as it should be. You may need to consider topping up on vitamin supplements if this is the case.

There is much that you can do to improve your reaction to certain triggers and it's worth giving these a try and using them as a solid starting point.

I hope this helps? Wishing you much luck.

Best wishes,


get a ct scan NEW
by: susan

i read your complaints and i hear you with the nausea ,it is immobilizing,cant work cant drive ,irritable with others ,it is consuming,it is frustrating to have your symptoms dismissed,what started years ago as ibs for me has advanced into diverticular disease,get the doctor,i mean insist on a cat scan,just to rule it out .hope this helps.

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9 yo with few crohns symptoms

by Wendy

I took my 9 yo son to his Dr. because he has had a weight loss (4 lbs) in the last year and a decrease in his appetite also tired alot. Labs show anemia so we were sent to a hemo Dr. she did a CT that showed thickening of the bowel she sent us to a GI additional labs and stool sample lead to Crohns. We have a endoscopy and colonoscopy scheduled for next week (biopsy). My problem is he has NO stomach pain or loose / bloody stools. Aren't these the primary "symptoms" of Crohns?? I'm confused and really worried for him!! Any insight you may have would be GREAT!!

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Do I have to be on meds with few Crohn's symptoms

by Arlene

I was just diagnosed with Crohn's and have none to very little symptoms--Do I have to be on meds?

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Do I have to be on meds? NEW
by: Annette Young

Hello there,

I spotted this post and just wanted to answer because I know it is something that many people are not sure about and so, thought this would be a good opportunity to clarify.

If you have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease, it is important to continue with the medication and this is because it can help to keep the Crohn's disease under control. If you come off of your medication, you can cause the Crohn's to become more aggressive and progress. It hasn't gone away after all.

Obviously this isn't always the case, some people do experience mild symptoms, and so the first thing that you should do is to discuss this with your doctor. Always take medical advice and if they feel that you can manage without then do so.

The problem is, if you stop taking medication and you start to experience more aggressive flare-ups, it can take a while before the doctors can start to manage and control the Crohn's again. So you kind of experience the whole scenario of trial and error and getting the right dosage to make life more comfortable again.

It's important to realize that treating your disease is not a short-term episode, it is a long-term strategy. There is no actual cure for Crohn's disease at this moment in time, although research continues, so once you have the disease under control and it becomes manageable, then why rock the boat?

I have added a link here to a site which you and others who are considering this point, may find beneficial.

Hope this helps anyone who is considering coming off of their medication to think twice.

Best wishes,

Crohn's medicine
by: Anonymous

I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 30 years ago. Over the years I have been on medications on and off. Sometimes I would simply use Imodium. I was lucky that I never had serious symptoms.

However; when I did flare up, it was much harder for the Doctors to get me back on track because I had stopped taking my medication.

The side effects from most of the medications are terrible but I would suggest that you take your medicine because no matter what - Crohn's is not curable.

Do I have to be on meds with few Crohn's symptoms
by: Anonymous

When I was diagnosed with Crohn's last year, I had a few symptoms but nothing severe, at first. I didn't start taking the medication right away and wished later that I had. I guess that is for you and your doctor to determine.

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returning symptoms 5 months post op?

by laura
(cheshire england)

i have had crohns for about 13 years now and just had a resection in may on the illium part and some small and large bowel taken away, but recently have been having similar problems with pain and runs to the br, i know its possible to have missed some in surgery but should i feel so lethargic so soon after the op?

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A treatment worth trying
by: Max

I think I may have some advice that could help a lot of you out there with crohns !!! I was diagnosed 16 years ago and on top of that had been missed diagnosed for seven years before that so needless to say I was very bad shape when they finally figured out what was going on. The test they run to find it ended up causing an abscess that ruptured and required emergency surgery, and I was severely mal nourished. They removed 2 ft of my intestine and the Ilium. Luckily I had a great gastrologist and his specialty was crohns so he was very aggressive but the best thing he ever did for me was to put me on Colestid this stuff saved my life! When it finally started working (and it took a little while) it brought the cronic diarea under control and for the first time in 10 years I was not hurting constantly. I’m telling you it was amazing I had forgotten what it felt like not to be in constant pain. I have been in remission for about 13 years now and I have gone from 16 pills (colestid) a day to 2 to 3 a night. Use caution out there just following your doctors advise cause even though they may be gastrologist doesn’t mean they are fully informed on this disease what makes me angry when they act like it’s not that serious and or just want to go ahead and remove the colon and get it over with (so stupid and so last resort) Now I know this will not work for everyone who has crohns but it will work for a lot of you and it ain’t gonna hurt a thing to give it a try SO WORTH IT!!! If your doctor don’t even want to try it then find another doctor quickly. Good luck Guys I know exactly what you are going through!!

post surgery returning symptoms
by: Anonymous

the thing with crohns is that it's not just sitting there in one spot in your body, it's in your genetics now, and always will be. Even if they take out an infected section, the crohns will come back in a different spot. Thats why they try to keep it where it is and make it dormant; otherwise we would all have similar scars and OP room stories, instead of so many unanswered questions :(
good luck.

post op
by: Lizzie

Hi laura i had what sounds the same op last september and i managed a few weeks before it all started again, i decided to go to see a dif consultant in another town and he has been fab i have had scans and tol i need all whats left of colon removing but before that happens i am waiting to try humira, dont put up with it ask for a secound opinion it is your quality of life and you are within your rights.

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