Many people who have Crohn's disease wind up having surgery to treat their IBD, with resection surgery
being the most common. If you've had surgery, you may have been prepared for it, or it may have been on an emergency basis and been a surprise to you. In either case, recovery from surgery is a challenge. What do you wish you knew before you had surgery? What would you tell someone who was about to undergo surgery for their Crohn's disease for the first time? Share Your Tips
- I was constantly sent home told I had the flu by several doctors. After a high temperature, chills, and throwing-up bile a doctor found a lump of infection in my small intestine and admitted me to emergency surgery 3 days later and I was diagnosed with Crohn's at age 19. I went on in pain for over 6 months until a doctor took me seriously. So don't give up, research your symptoms and be persistant in finding someone that can help you. Go straight to a specialist as most regular physicians confuse these symptoms with other conditions.
- —Guest Stefanie P
Don't Wait Too Long If You're In Pain!
- I'm responding on behalf of my husband, 36 years of age, who had 2 surgeries in the span of 3 months last year for his Crohn's Disease.
I know first hand, that if you have symptoms, and they become severe, PLEASE do not hesitate to see your doctor, and get some help.
Waiting will only progress the disease, and allow it to spread and cause more unecessary damage.
Also, educate yourself about the disease -- knowledge is power, and the more you know about it, the stronger and more positive you will feel about fighting it.
Unfortunately there is no present cure, but researchers are working hard, and making people aware of the disease.
There are many preventatives as well, if you are a smoker, STOP! (Not easy, but well worth it!) Probiotics can help minimize swelling/inflamation of the intestines, as well as aloe vera juice. It keeps intestines healthy.
As difficult as it may be, try to eliminate stress in your life as much as possible! Very important.
Good Luck & God Bless!
- —Guest Stefaniakika