Now that we’ve gotten past the introduction stage.I’m going to go right into the deep end .Btw if you haven’t read it , click on this link !
Crohn’s disease ? What is it ? What are the symptoms ?
Those are the first three questions I’m faced with once I mention Crohn’s disease alongside perplexed faces. Up until now I’ve been very uncomfortable in discussing the ins and outs of my life long companion. Oh ?! To those of you who are not aware; Crohn’s disease is a chronic illness meaning it will be with me FOREVER. Like, literally till death do us part. *dun , dunn, dunnn*
What is Crohn’s disease ?
- Let’s get one thing clear – it is not contagious
- The exact cause is yet unknown and it is said for there to be a number of factors involved. Specialists believe there are several genetic variations that lead to the onset. In addition to the genetic vulnerability, environmental factors seem to play a role too. The disease is most common in Europe and America suggesting it is a first world problem
- My immune system attacks healthy tissue in my gut,as a result of this,the lining of the bowel / intestines become raw and inflamed which lead to a series of symptoms. Please note that crohn’s can affect any part of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus.
What are the symptoms ?
- Loss of appetite
- Chronic fatigue
- Blood and/or mucus in the stools
- Unexplained weight loss
- Abdominal cramping.
I experienced all of the above which lead to other health conditions outside the GI tract. With frequent diarrhea comes dehydration, with loss of appetite and the inability to eat anything simply to suppress these quite frankly unpleasant symptoms ; came weight loss.
Losing large amounts of blood via my stools has also lead to me being anemic and suffering chronic fatigue ( the type of TIREEEDDDwhich is indescribable ; I could literally sleep for 12 hours and still feel shattered.).
My inability to absorb nutrients lead to some deficiencies which lead to severe joint pain, especially in my knees. This went on for about 4 months , gradually intensifying.
Currently I am in remission – I have not experienced any of the above symptoms for the past 7 weeks , due to the fact that I am currently on treatment.
I must say ; because of the nature of the disease I really contemplated whether I would ever write a post about its symptoms – my experiences. Quite a shitty predicament (no pun intended 🙂 ). At first , consumed with what people would think of me , of this ?
I am determined to share my story – a continuous one, to encourage young people like myself to speak out.
If you’re reading this and you believe you have any of the symptoms I have listed , Pls go to your GP immediately. For more information on Crohn’s , ulcerative colitis and other IBD’s I have inserted some links below for you guys to check out.
Thank you for tuning in xx