gut rot, balls ache, tired.....

I'm 38 and was diagnosed with crohns colitis in March. I seem to be constantly tired, every time I'm on the loo I get unreal stomach pains and it feels like I have been kicked in the nuts. How long will this go on for? I'm on Pentasa and Omeprazole.

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by: Annette Young

Hello there,

Thank you for writing in.

I can completely sympathise with your situation as I know how painful Crohn's disease can be. Fatigue is certainly one side-effect that can make it very difficult for any individual to carry on in the normal way because typically, your body will be crying out for sleep, and yet, you might find that you struggle to sleep.

Crohn's disease can be incredibly aggressive and it sounds as if you are going through a very aggressive bout at the moment. Have you tried any difference medications? I can see you're on Pentasa and Omeprazole, but it is possible that you need to have different medicines that might just start to tame the symptoms.

Some medications work better with some than others so it is a case of trial and error. As you probably know there is no known cure for Crohn's disease at this moment in time, while research continues, the best thing you can do is to learn how to manage the disease on a personal level.

The first thing of course is to find medication that really suits you and your doctor can help you with this, but you also need to look at your diet because it is possible that you could be eating something that can cause aggravated symptoms.

Some people find it useful to eat easy to digest foods including: mashed potatoes, bananas, soups. You don't give much information about the extent of the condition so I can really only be general here, but providing you avoid any triggers and find medication that helps,you could suddenly find that the Crohn's disease symptoms settle down and life is much more bearable.

Sometimes it seems as if the disease has gone into remission period and it can stay relatively dormant for weeks, months or even years. So there is hope that the pain will stop

I hope this helps

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