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Hi, I am a 27 year old female who has had what I call "bathroom" problems for years. Finally my stomache started swelling and people started asking when when I was due. I would look 7-8 months pregnant, however, my husband and I have not been able to conceive for the last 7 years. I started having awful sharp pain in the left side of my stomache. It hurt sooo much, I would cry and scream, however, I don't have insurance and would not go to the doctor. Finally, while visiting my family my parents got me to go to the emeregency room. I was diagnosed with Diverticulits (not sure if that is spelled right). That was scarey! That was in Feb. We recently moved and I started seeing another doctor. He says I have diver...but also have Crohn's Disease. I am bleeding, can't stay out of the bathroom, etc. He has put me on a strick diet, medicine that makes me sleep all of the time, limited activity, it is so hard. He has told me that I can't have rough food, no raw food, no acid foods or citrus, nothing spicy, no nuts, no corn, no seeds, etc. I have being seeing this doctor about a month and have been doing pretty good, however, the last two days have been really bad. I hurt so much constantly. It's sharp pain and burning. It burns constantly and I go to the bathroom constantly. My husband is very supportative and I try my best not to let me him see me hurt but it is so hard.

Does anyone have any ideas how to keep flare ups from happening? How to stop the pain? What can I do? Thank you.

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by: Annette Young

Hi there,

Thank you for your post.
I am so sorry to read what a difficult time you are having. This disease is so frustrating and aggressive in its approach and you have my complete sympathy.

Stress is definitely one of the worst triggers for Crohn's disease. Unfortunately the more you worry about your health and the disease, the worse it is likely to get. Stress management is absolutely essential but when your life is going haywire and you have pain to contend with on top, you might be wondering where you can start.

I would suggest you focus on all of the annoying little things that occur on a daily basis and try to alleviate the little things first of all. This will make it easier for you if you feel unwell. Once you start getting to grips with those stressors that are manageable, you may well find that you start to feel more in control of your life as a result and you can expand the process.

Learn relaxation techniques to help you to source any tension within the body and to then release it. In other words, you help your body to help itself. Meditation is another powerful resource available to you.

I have attached a link to help you get started and I hope your life starts to improve. Do also look at your diet to ensure no triggers are lurking within your everyday meals.

I wish you much luck,


Reply To Girl Who Wants Advice On How To Prevent Flare Ups
by: Suzanne

I find Not stressing out over different situations helps me sometimes, ive also learned having soft tissue a constant supply in the bathroom a hot water bottle and rest are a must. Ive found my own comfort in making a drink that helps reduce the pain even in the worst of flare ups.... I get 7up (sprite) heat it up in a microwave for at least 70 seconds take sips not mouthfuls. It may sound weird but when youre in the pain ya get with chrons i think anyone would try it. SPRITE

colon strictures (collapsed colon)
by: Anonymous

i go for surgery in 2 weeks for a colon resection, they couldn`t do a colonoscopy do to the colon was mashed down flat. i get lumps on lower left side and knee droping pain with most of my bowel movements, 4 years is enough, tried roids, antibiotics, take remicade to try and keep it form spreading? good luck..

by: Anonymous

Three things to try. First, has your doctor restricted you from gluten? Gluten is the most common trigger for Crohn's flares. Second, you need a fiber supplement, but not just any supplement. The only really safe one is Prodiem (in your drug store). The others can actually contribute to inflammation. Make sure to drink lots of water with the fiber supplement both before and after taking the pill. Finally, you need to get some nutrition to your friendly gut bacteria. There are two ways to do this. One is to make your own yogurt or kefir. The procedure is shown on
If that is impossible, you can try taking a whey supplement. You need to look for one that claims 98 -100% lactose free and contains no added sugar or FOS. You should avoid the chocolate flavored kind. You should also consider using the SCD diet:

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by: Anonymous

I allways suffered with constipation. In 2003 I also started with sharp pain at the left side of my stomach. At the end I became so ill that I landed in the hospital for quite a long time but only in May I wet to the doctor again and asked if he could do a colonoscopy (examination of the colon with a special tube). He only saw my colon was narrowed and he took a biopsy an I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and I then undergo a hemicolectomy (removal of a part of the colon (Sigmoid colon) left side of my colon. I think you must ask your doctor to do a colonoscopy to see if you haven't have a stricture (naroowing) of your colon

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