Having symtoms that I have not had before

I had crohns for 5 years. I wear a ileostomy bag. for the last 4 to 5 days i had a lot of belching with a real bad taste and gas that just about blows my bag off in a short period of time.


I ate some food that I have eaten before but this time it made me sick and I think it gave me food poisoning.

So my question would be, how long should the systoms last or is it something to do with my Crohn's disease?

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itchy & burning in penis

Hi,

I have Cronh's disease and my questions is...everytime I pee, I always feel the burning in my penis and also the tip of my penis is always itchy especially after sex. I was wondering if these two things are related to Crohn's disease?

Please help & thanks

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CAN CONSTIPATION LEAD TO PNUEMONIA?

by SCOTT MANSFIELD
(OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS)

CAN CONSTIPATION LEAD TO PNUEMONIA?

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Is M.E contagious?

by niamh mcgrane
(kildare )

I would like to know if M.E is contagious??

A girl in my clas fell sick with this disease 2 year ago or more and I would love to find out more about the disase.

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extreme flatulence

For the last 3 weeks or so I have been experiencing above normal flatulence.

I eat well, exercise moderately, and I walk a lot.

For the most part I am "regular" having one bowel movement daily (usually in the morning).

Lately my stools have been slightly softer then normal,and have been going 3-4 times a day, I have had some gas pains but the flatulence is causing me some distress.

I have tried augmenting my diet, but nothing seems to work. There was a stomach flu going around, but I did not show any of the regular symptoms, such as diarhea, vomiting or fever.

In the past, any similar symptoms have resolved itself with a few days, this time its almost a month... Should I be concerned?

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Digestive System

How can we fix the problem with stress and the digestive system? Examples of what we can do to help this?

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Abdominal Pain

by Anne Martin
(Ontario, Canada)

Several nights in a row I am getting this abdominal pain.

I do have a mass in the left side.

I have been diagnosed with Crohns in the descending colon, a small patch near the sigmoid.

Also I have diverticuli throughout the ascending transverse and descending colon.

The diverticula were diagnosed when I was in my mid twenties, one attack of diverticulitis at that time nothing since, and I am now in my seventies.

Two years ago I was diagnosed with Crohns after a colonoscopy at which time a polyp with precancerous changes was removed.

Since that time I have been treated with cortifoam enemas at intervals, each course four weeks at a time on two occasions.

With the recent course I developed a piercing pain which woke me during the night and so I stopped the cortifoam and talked to my PCP. The PCP ordered ultrasound and barium enema which was extremely painful to say the least.

My gastroenterologist on his return did a sigmoidoscopy with biopsies and is planning further studies.

Meanwhile I am woken up (usually 3am) with left sided pain and more recently with epigastric and right sided pain and cannot get back to sleep till it is time to get up again.

One night even laying flat I felt very lightheaded and faint.

I wonder what is the problem and why I can feel better in the daytime, the pain is less and I am able to walk around .

The gastroenterologist said he wanted to confer with the radiologist regarding the next test which he said will be a cat scan plus! It is now a week since I saw him and I have heard nothing yet.

Meanwhile the bad to uncomfortable nights continue and I don't know what to do, sometimes I think I have lived too long.

Can you help me? Please.

Anne

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Respiratory question

Will tulsi tea help with minor irritation in the bronchial area?

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Diarrhea

by terrie
(xenia, ohio)

Can you take immodium with Xanax

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Not looking for simple answers

feeling boxed

feeling boxed

I am a Register Nurse, TNCC (trauma nurse cert.), BSW (social worker) who has suffered with Crohn's for 20 years or more.....

I guess I should not say suffered but survive!! I been researching... and asking ... looking for answers to my questions, I need detials.

I have had surgery, ilieum gone, and my sigmoid gone. I have pereanal fistula's but its other complications I need to find the answers...

I suffer more and more frequently with kidney stones, I found it is related to my inablity to digest fat. But I also have proturnmia when I have the stones... My vision is getting worse more of a focusing vs blurry at times.

Could this also be related? Amyloidosis? I am also noticing when my menstration time comes my Crohn's is worse.

I found this is common because of horomones. However, no details. Do you know more than the simple answers... or can you help me find the medical info I am looking for. I am looking for... if I get protein in my urine... what level on the test is high... how many urine test do I need?

How do I find the right test for my eyes? and what hormone do I need to fix... heheh.... help professionally and not in layman please.

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Hair Loss

I started to lose my hair about 4 months ago. It falls out in clumps on a daily basis. No bald spots or thinning, just clumps of hair. I was on prednisone 60mg for 5 months. Please help. Don't know what to do or where it is coming from. Have Chron's Disease for 18 years. I am 45 now.

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Natural Flu Prevention.

by Julia
(Baltimore, MD)

I would like to start preventing flu this season. What would you recommend? Having chronic condition makes things worse but I don't want to go for a flu shot. Can you recommend natural flu prevention, please as a pharmacist and natural medicine practitioner?

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Understanding Blood Test Results

by Alan
(Monclair, NJ)

I have Crohn's disease and Celiac Disease. And like you originally I was diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis. I need help understanding blood test results.

I was wandering if you could make it a little more clear for me.

The doctor doesn't have much time to explain it.

He mentioned something about CBC and white blood count being high.

Is there a blood test for Crohn's disease?

Would you recommend any other tests besides blood tests for Crohn's disease?

Great information on your site. Thanks.

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Troubling Diarrhea.

by Xenia
(India)

Hi, I'm xenia. From india.. I found this article very interesting. And I need your guidance in helping one of my friends.

How long does it take to cure diarrhea?
Is Having diarrhea for 5 days normal?
Is staying on apple juice and lime water during diarrhea alright?

My friend has visited the doctor, but the medicines are not helping him in any way,its been 5 days that he's been suffering.. He has to use the washroom every 30 mins.. He cannot eat anything either. Just living on apple juice and lime water. What does he need to do? How can I help him

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No warning, unexpected diarrhea

I was visiting my sister and we went for a walk and all of a sudden she sat on a bench and said she just experienced diarrhea and soiled herself.

She told me it happened without any warning 5 or 6 times a month. No change in her diet...she is a light eater, 2 cups of coffee in the morning, no alcohol and not much red meat. She doesn't know what is causing this onslaught and it makes her hesitant to go to far from home.

It has happened in grocery stores, restaurants etc. Can you give me some insight into what is going on and what she can do about it? Thank you...Sheila

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Fatigue

by Christine
(Minneapolis)

What can I do to fight the immense fatigue I am suffering with Crohn's?

I was just diagnosed yesterday, although I was not surprised because my mother has severe Crohn's disease. Lately I have been so fatigued that I can barely go up a flight of stairs and I have been sneaking out to my car during work to take rest breaks.

I need a better solution! I will try any suggestions that have worked for other people. I am not on medication yet and I do not anticipate going on medication because my insurance runs out in a month and I don't qualify for the state plan. Working temporary jobs, I cannot afford or get more medical insurance.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.

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"Traveler's Direahea

I’ve looked through your website and will try taking some B-12 and some pro-biotics.

As a daily routine I drink a lot of water, a lot.

I am a college student which means that I often eat ‘unhealthy’ food options, but I try to maintain a scheduled eating schedule. Carrying fruits, vegetables and granola bars with me.

My problem is this; I suffer from two extremes, not being able to use the bathroom and then not being able to stop using the bathroom.

I will feel the need to use the toilet for some time, say three days or more but not be able to go.

I will experience stomach difficulties, cramps and the like. Then on the other hand I will have massive stomach ‘gurgling’, diarrhea for an extended time and general unpleasant-ness.

Usually when I’m at home this is something that I can deal with, it disrupts my day and make for some uncomfortable-ness but I deal.

My problem now is I’m taking a weeklong trip. I will be traveling for a week a total of 44 hours in a van with eight other people. Sharing a hotel room and single bathroom with 8 other people. We will be going out night, drinking etc… I’m looking for some sort of pills or solutions to help keep me ‘normal’ for this trip. I would rather not sit for 22 hours in the car with chills and sweats and stomach cramps waiting for a gas station bathroom, only to get to the bathroom and find I no longer have the urge to go.

I also don’t want to be up throughout the night in the hotel room with unpleasant bathroom trips. Alerting all my peers that I’m having stomach problems.

Any solutions or ideas?

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Abdominal Cramping Diarrhea and Nausea 11 yrs old

by Jessica
(Westland Michigan )

My son is 11 yrs old and he has been complaining of abdominal pain for the past 3 yrs around his waist line saying his underwear was too tight.

We just thought it was gas then about 8 months ago it got worse diarrhea cramping unable to eat certain foods with out using the bathroom 2 hrs later.

So we took him off milk and started packing him a lunch for school peanut butter and jelly and a capri sun. It seemed to improve a little only having diarrhea twice a week but still unsure of why but the doctors ordered a test and it proved that he was fine with lactose and then said that he had a futose intollerance well hold on doesnt pband jelly and capri sun his 2 month diet have frutose in it im confused he is still cramping and having diarrhea and feeling like gonna puke its got to be more than a frutose allery but what ??

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Something is wrong...

Short&simple:

1 year ago began having diarreah after eating, but only after 1st and 2nd meals of the day - no matter what I ate, from plain wheat toast to McD's sausage biscuit, did not matter at all.

Had CBC, colonoscopy done and all fine.

Almost every day same thing - sometimes anti-diarr helped, but not everytime.

I am at a loss. Think maybe gluten allergy (tests from 4 yrs ago neg, none recent) but not totally the profile for it.

Any suggestions/questions?? Lymph system seems to be slow - a pronounced node in neck and groin, some skin flare-ups.....anyone have an idea???

Oh, and HSV-2 diagnosis last year.....thanks. A lot of weird stuff going on.....

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digestion problems

by karanveer
(chandigarh,punjab,india)

I'm an overweight guy.

I'm always troubled by stomach upsets that is I have to go to toilet regularly thrice a day minimum.

Please guide me how can I keep my stomach fit and clean.

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Unhappy Digestive System

Hello! Would love any suggestions to get well.

On March 14, 2008 my son carried me to the ER due to eating bad ham. I was diagnosed w/food poisoning...they gave me contrast, xrayed me and sent me home w/phenergan and lortab.

March 25th I went to my family physician to find out they should have flushed my system of toxins and instead I was impacted. He suggested prune juice or an enema. Well...I finally went and have had cronic diarrhea ever since.

I am 49, 5'4", weigh 118, don't take any medicines at all. I don't drink alcohol, I don't smoke, I've never done drugs and eat a well balance diet. I've tried Phillips Colon Health Probiotic caps and Source Naturals Daily Essential Enzymes in Vegetarian Capsules for Digestive Aid. I worked at home so accidents were resolved but the job ended Oct 1. I now have been offered a job in the public but still have accidents...and am so afraid it will happen at work. Is there something else I can take or do to get my stomach back to normal. Thanks so very much!

Sincerely,
Embarrassed Mom

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IBS (diarrhea)

by Susan
(Canada)

I was diagnosed with IBS 15 yrs ago.

10 months ago had a colonoscopy/gastroscopy 2 CT scan.

Recent blood and stool test)(All negative) I have developed serious diarrhea 2 wks ago. Do I need another colonoscopy? I have never experienced diarrhea with IBS before. Abt 10 yrs ago I had bacterial colitis but had not taken antibiotics ever since. Is it possible that IBS turns into Chron's or colitis? or I have again bacterial colitis.? No blood,fever in stool sometimes mucus. Thank you.(58 year old female)

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UPSET STOMACH

by JIM
(SANDIEGO CALIF)

CAN YOU TAKE CHARCOAL FOR AN UPSET STOMACH

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