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not sure if my mom suffers from crohn's please help!

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  • Posted By: ruchira
  • August 10, 2010
  • 09:37 PM


my mother suffered from low grade fever for 15 days 4 months ago. after hospitalization the fever wouldn't break. conducted CT scan which showed swelling in ilium(small intestine) followed by colonoscopy which revealed ulcers the biopsy was non conclusive. doctor suspected Tuberculosis but she had no other symptoms(like weight loss etc.) diarrhea only for 2days.

after second opinion and a repeat CT scan the next doctor suspected crohn's disease because the swelling had reduced without any medication for TB and the cysts were spread out. but again no other symptoms except low grade fever. after the fever continued in intervals for 2months we consulted yet another doctor and he put her on steroids+pantessa the fever broke but she still couldn't eat many things.

one weel back she was urinating frequently followed by shivering and high fever. detected with UTI. doctor gave her zify(sufixium) and the fever borke but the next she broke into an acute rash, her face and body swolle up and we hospitalized her, her body went into shock and BP/pulse dropped/she couldnt breath. the rash was controlled but we are still unsure of what is the real problem....there is no fever but there is chronic fatigue/breathlessness/hedache/sweating.....please please help i am worried silly!

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  • I have crohns and the symptoms sound familiar.However, it took the medical profession over 10 years to diagnose me, and that's not unusual with crohns. It likes to pretend it's many other illnesses.The last hospital visit you mentioned sounds like a severe reaction to the medication for UTI and not the illness itself, but I'm not a doctor.What I can tell you is that there are many crohns support groups out there, the one on Healing well is one of the better ones, but there are several. Lastly, the symptoms for TB and crohns aren't really anywhere close, so I'd be asking a lot of questions about why TB was originally diagnosed and what a lung disease has to do with a colon disease. Doctors often don't like being questioned, but remember not all doctors graduated with honors from university. Stick to your guns and do some online research before you go, so you can ask intelligent and challenging questions. Bring notes so you don't forget anything while they're trying to rush you out out of their office. Most of all go with your Mom to the appointments because she'll not be able to remember everything on her own.You can also add 1000 mcg of vitamin b12 and Omega 3 (NOT 3-6-9 just 3 by itself) to her diet both of which will help, without hurting anything if they don't help. B12 deficiency is common and commonly undiagnosed with crohns and omega 3 reduces inflammation at the cellular level.Good luck!
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