Possible Crohn's ??
I am a 37 year old female, over weight, and not in the best of shape, and do not consume the best of diets. I have been under an extreme amount of stress dealing with a husband that had returned from Iraq with severe anger issues for a year. After he deployed again, I had been having upper right quadrant pain off and on for about a month, and called the military treatment facility on post for an appointment after I vomited what looked like a few coffee grounds in the shower. Couldn't be sure though as I was washing my hair at the time. Saw a PA who was training a student military PA he palpitated my abdomen then had the student do the same....I felt very out of the loop as the discussed me as if I wasn't there. They thought my liver was enlarged so sent me down for STAT ultrasound of upper right quadrant. Ultrasound was "normal" no gallstones and liver was normal size. Also had STAT labs which showed slightly elevated white blood cells. So sent me for CT scan of abdomen after again palpitating my abdomen and asking an array of questions from appendicitis to ovarian cysts. Had the CT scan and was told I had inflammation in my intestines and had Crohn's based on that alone. Had never had any bowel issues or pain anywhere other than upper right quad. Was given Prednisone and Cipro sent home and asked to come back in for more blood work in the morning before taking the prednisone. Was given a refferal to the GI doc, and told to start the prednisone. This was Dec 4th/5th 2007. I got my appt an visted the GI doc an was scheduled for colonoscopy and EGD on Dec 12th. Had EGD first and was found to have a small erossion in the antral part of my stomach which was biopsied. On colonoscopy was found to have normal entire colon, cecum, and terminl illeum (transversed 10cm) According to GI doc inflammation on CT could have been over read by radiologist...However, since the colonoscopy I have had bowel issues. Ha a return of normal bowel movements a few days after, then right
before Christmas started having looser than average stools and going 3-4 times a day. Still undergoing stresses with husband in Iraq. They seemed to get back to normal while I was visiting my parents, and then upon returning home it started again. I did not want to return here, have no support system and generally unhappy here. After being home a while my bowel movements seemed to return to semi normal but my eating habits have not been normal....when I am stressed or having anxiety I can't eat and tend to vomit. (have been that way since I was a teen when I get overly stressed or anxious) For the last few days I have had more frequent smaller stools 2-5 times a day again not eating well....no abdominal pains or cramps no fever but have had some mucous in my stool when I go. Also have a feeling of fullness.....may not be an accurate description but there is a feeling there. took a hot bath last night and the feeling went away. I am in the process of moving back to FL and was told by the medical staff at the military treatment facility there was nothing else they could do for me...and to follow up in 90 days. By that time I will back in FL, and will definitely do that. However I am really worried that this could be Crohn's though the GI doc said no....he did not biopsy my intestines at all nor could he do blood work he wanted since the PA put me on prednisone. Could the prednisone have cleared the inflammation so it was not seen during the colonoscopy? I took it from the 5th to the 11th so that was 6 days. I should have never taken it..I thought twice about it since I hadn't had any bowel symptoms at all. this PA shared that his daughter had just been diagnossed with Crohn's. Anyway....could I still be messed up from the colonoscopy? I had a strange feeling during the procedure but the report showed it was uneventful, and I tolerated it well.
I am sorry this is so long...any advice or anything would be appreciated!! Thank you in advance for reading!!