PostHeaderIcon Crohn’s and Me!

WARNING:  Since my experience in the hospital and going along with my Crohns, I no longer have a TMI (Too Much Information) filter when it comes to bodily functions/malfunctions, Hospitals, and other possibly gross things.  I don’t mean to offend anyone if what I say sounds gross – SORRY!!

In 2004 I started having some health problems, including bleeding from places I wasn’t used to bleeding, pooping a TON, and losing weight without even trying.  Since then I’ve heard the question “What diet plan are you on” like 50 million times…..  Trust me, you don’t want this one.   After a fun process, which would include a Barium X-Ray (YUCK), and the first of three colonoscopies before I was 30, was diagnosed with Crohns disease.

My wife has been my help and support through all of this.  The days where I couldn’t even get out of bed, or the ones where I spent most of it on the toilet.  The days where I would drag myself to work white as ash, and just muddle through.  All the while worrying about what would be next.  My life is a unknown factor because of my Crohn’s, my future is unknown, my ability to finish my work on a daily basis, whether my kids will have crohn’s is a big unknown for me too….  A lot of things to be worried about with all the other things.

My wife, family and friends have been there for me, supporting me, supporting Kaylene when I was down and out, offering help, suggestions, prayers, and blessings.  Thanks to all of you who helped, supported, even those of you who just sat there and listened to me.

Things You might not know about Crohn’s disease:

Where does Crohn’s affect you?

Crohn’s disease is an -ONGOING- disorder that causes inflammation in the digestive tract, but as one of my Baylor friends, and my first fellow Crohn’s-ian told me, this affects you from “Gum to bum”.  It more commonly affects the section where your Small and Large Intestines connect, called the ileum.

What can you do about it?

There are many ways to treat Crohns with methods ranging from Western to Eastern Medicines.  My approach has been mainly Dietary with monitoring,  and some Medications.  Options include, but are not limited to…

  • Medicine’s
    • Pentasa (5-ASA for reducing the recurrence of inflamation) – I started on this 16 pills a day – NO FUN!
    • Imuran (Immuno-suppressant to maintain an overactive system) – Currently at 150mg a day  🙂
    • Prednizone (Steroid for Inflammation) – Not my recommendation unless you are a sever sufferer.
    • There are others such as Remicade, but I have no experience with them
  • Diet
  • Acupuncture
  • If you know of others, please feel free to post in the comments.

Possible Genetic Factor:

About 20 percent of people with Crohn’s disease have a blood relative with some form of inflammatory bowel disease.  In my case I know I have an Aunt (Love you Penny) and a cousin with Crohn’s, and my little brother deals with Ulcers (Shout out to Dallin).

Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Weight loss
  • Intestinal ulcers
  • Arthritis
  • Skin problems
  • Fever

Common Misspellings:

Chron’s Disease, Croan’s Disease, or Crone’s Disease (No, this is not an old ladies disease)…..


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