My Story And Crohns

My Name is Bob Gorden. I am a 53 year old male from Owatonna, Minnesota. I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease in Jan, 2012.

In December of 2011, I was celebrating the holidays with my family and enjoying our 4 boys and
         9 grandkids. After the Christmas festivities, I felt a flu bug coming on. I was experiencing abdominal
         pains, indigestion and diarrhea.

        I put up with the symptoms for a couple of weeks at which time I went into Urgent Care due to   
        stoppable diarrhea, stomach pains and rear end that I could barely touch to clean myself.
        My stomach pains were the worst pain I ever experienced in my life. The doctor told me there
        was a flu bug going around and she gave me medicine to relieve the cramping  and
        recommended Imodium for the diarrhea.

        Af ter another two weeks with no relief I went into my General Practioner. He initially diagnosed
        me with Diverticulitis, a disease that affects the digestive tract in the Colon. He recommended a
        colonoscopy which revealed that I had Ulcerative Colitis a more severe form of the disease that
        affected about 70% of my colon.

        I was later referred to a Gastroenterologist (a specialist in the digestive tract). After an MRI and
        another Colonoscopy I was diagnosed with Crohns Disease. All of these diagnoses are related to the
        digestive tract. Colitis and Diverticulitis generally affect the colon whereas Crohns can affect
        everything from the mouth to the rectum.

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1 comment:

  1. Update I am now in medicine induced remission. I was on Remicade for 4 years. I started experiencing hip pains and had a few MRI's done. My femur head was deteriorating. It was determined that the Prednisolone(steroid) given as an anti rejection medication with Remicade was destroying my hips, back and knees. After having a hip replacement, I developed OsteoArthritis which is affecting my hips, back, knees and making life difficult. Though no one has told me, I believe all my "new" medical issues have been caused by Prednisolone. I am now taking Humira injections every other week and doing well. Remicade did a wonderful job of controlling fistulas but the steroids had already done the damage. Humira is not as good at controlling my fistulas but they are not so bad that I need surgery at this time.


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