Is This Crohns? Please help

by JoAnne
(Lake Charles, LA)

I have not had any problems in about 2 years. But I lost my insurance in July and can't afford my medication or go to the doctor. So I have been getting a lot of stomach pains and unable to eat without vomiting or hurting really bad. I am running a low grand fever 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I will be getting my insurance back in January. Is this the signs of my crohn's coming back or is it just the fact that I am out of my medication. I just need to know what this is since I haven't had any problems in a long time and after my last surgery things have been ok. Please if any one knows what is happening to my body.

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by: Annette Young

Hi there,

I am so sorry to hear that you are having problems again and are worried that it might be your Crohn's disease returning.

To be honest it is impossible to make a diagnosis like this, but if you were already told you had Crohn's previously then it could easily be a flare-up. Those who have Crohn's disease should always be on medication, this is what keeps the disease under control and although you may still experience flare-ups depending on whether your circumstances change or external triggers have aggravated the situation, but primarily the medication keeps a balance of sorts.

I can understand that you are worried, but this is probably not helping. Stress is a huge trigger and even if you think that you are handling the symptoms and anxiety quite well, underneath the stress may still get to you. Ideally, you do need to go to see a doctor to ascertain the current status of the condition and to see whether it is becoming more aggressive.

Many people feel that their condition has gone into remission for a period of months and years and it can suddenly flare-up out of the blue. You do need medication and you do need medical advice, there is no way around this. I worry that your condition could get worse and you will be unable to control the symptoms and will feel very ill.

In the meanwhile there are things that you can do for yourself, firstly - take a long hard look at your diet to see whether there are foods that could be aggravating the digestive tract. If you are smoking or drinking alcohol, then it's time to stop. If you are eating foods that are hard to digest, then you may just be overloading your digestive system and putting pressure on it.

Obviously at the moment you don't know what's occurring inside, but, you could also try stress management techniques and learn how to relax your body, incorporating meditation into your daily regime too, because this can be really useful to help alleviate stress and anxieties, but it is not an overnight cure.

I would be tempted to contact the pharmaceutical companies and to tell them of your situation, I have heard other people who have lost their insurance to various reasons and the pharmaceutical companies have been able to help.

It may be a long shot but worth a try.

I hope this helps.

Best of luck,

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