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Does my DH have Crohns?

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redannie118 Thu 01-Sep-16 19:30:51

Hi,just after some feedback advice etc if you have been diagnosed with Crohns?Dh is 41 and has been really ill for 3 weeks. Constant nausea/vomiting to the point that even with anti sickness drugs he really struggles to keep anything down. He's a big strapping fella but has lost 11 pounds in 3 weeks.His IBS that hes had for years is currently so bad he's actually had accidents and lots of bright fresh blood (he always gets this during a ibs attack though )His skin is flaking all over his face and chest and he has joint pain and is exhausted all the time. Blood test were all normal but he's booked in for camera down the throat tomorrow, if it is Crohns will that show anything or will it more likely be bum camera ( 2 weeks time)?He does have family with Crohns but not immediate (aunts on mums side ).Any advice would be great as I'm really worried about him sad thank you

redannie118 Fri 02-Sep-16 07:54:19

Bump smile

Pleasemrstweedie Fri 02-Sep-16 13:36:54

Only a doctor can tell you that, although I can understand from what you say why you might be concerned about Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

If it is IBD, it will show up on one of the cameras, but you might just have to be a bit patient and wait for answers.

Hard times I know, and I wish you both well.

redannie118 Fri 02-Sep-16 14:41:46

Thanks very much for kind reply,just off to hospital now so hope for answers soon x

fireandicecubes Sun 04-Sep-16 13:55:05

I was diagnosed with Crohns 4 years ago (I was 44). I'd previously had tests in my 20s but they were inconclusive so I was told I had IBS. My gastro consultant told me when I was diagnosed that IBS should never been given as a diagnosis unless everything else has been ruled out so it's possible I've had the Crohns for years without knowing about it.

Has your husband had blood tests? Inflammatory markers in the blood (CRP & ESR) can indicate IBD (Crohns or Ulcerative Colitis) but a colonoscopy is usually the best way to diagnose. I'm sorry to tell you this but your husbands symptoms do sound a lot like mine although I was in a lot of pain as well as vomiting, running to the loo & joint pain. I didn't have fresh blood though, that's usually an indicator of piles. Blood from the bowel is usually darker as its not fresh & it can be very hard to spot.

I hope you get some answers soon, the worst part is not knowing what's wrong. The best advice I can give is to try to eat little and often & soft food is the best way to go. Drink lots of water as dehydration is common due to the vomiting & diarrhoea. I avoid fibre if I'm having a flare up but I've now been in remission since Feb 2015 after a resection surgery to remove the diseased & damaged part of my bowel.

redannie118 Sun 04-Sep-16 17:49:28

Thanks for your reply fire. Yes he has had blood tests and they all came back normal,which is why I'm a bit confused. He does have piles and that is no doubt the cause for the blood,but it's loads (takes ages to clean bathroom after an attack !) He's trying the little and often approach and lots of clear fluids too. He had the camera into his stomach on Friday and that was all clear so just waiting for colonoscopy next week. Hopeful that will give us answers !

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