I am 23 years and have had Crohn’s disease for one year now. I remember the day I knew something was wrong. It was my first semester of college and my bowel movements started to change. For 5 years I insisted there was something wrong. My mom has been battling Crohn’s disease for the majority of my life so my instinct was Crohn’s.
Finally towards the end of last year, I could not eat without being in pain. The doctor confirmed my instinct and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s. The medicine I was put on initially caused horrific knee pain. I could not get out of bed. I kept thinking to myself how am I going to be a physical education teacher when I can barely get out of bed in the morning.
My parent’s saw how much I struggled walking and we went to the ER. The steroid was causing inflammation in the knees and I was taken off the steroid. Two weeks went by and I was feeling better. All of a sudden I got extremely sick. I was getting sick after every meal and dropping weight like crazy. I lost about 15 pounds in two months. I struggled to stay above 100 pounds. I couldn’t keep food down and struggled to get through my final semester of college.
My parents let me move back home so someone could take care of me. I was fed like an infant every three hours. I was given small portions of food until I was able to keep food down. Eventually we discovered an abscess was formed and the infection was making me extremely ill. I had surgery to remove the abscess and have been in remission for three months now.
My message is to follow your instinct. If you really believe something is wrong then make the doctors appointment. My persistence allowed me to catch Crohn’s disease early. I am currently teaching PE and no matter how bad the medicine makes me sick to my stomach I never let it control my day.
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This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.