Newly Diagnosed with Crohn's disease
I am 35 years old and have been recently diagnosed with Crohn's disease. However the doctors suggest that I have probably had it for multiple years and no one ever picked up on it. I am going on Friday to be put on medication and for the doctors to help me with any questions I have.
About 6 years ago, I had extreme weight loss, and I was bleeding very badly when I went to the bathroom. I had tests and they never found anything, so I just let it pass. But within the last 4 years, I've had extreme weight gain, I am now over-weight and the bleeding has returned. I'm often constipated, but when I do go to the bathroom, I go very frequently. The doctors did a barium x-ray last friday and instead of the normal few hours that it takes for the barium to pass through your system, it passed within 20 minutes. I have been told I have a large fistula, and I am very inflamed.
Everything I have read about Crohn's speaks of weight loss, but why am I experiencing weight gain. I've gained so much weight I'm so ashamed of my body. Then I read that the medications that are used to treat Crohn's cause weight gain. This has depressed me beyond belief. Can someone talk to me, tell me what I'm supposed to do. I don't want to gain any more weight, I hate my body as it is. Are there other alternatives for medication? Can someone please be a friend and talk with me.