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I have what's white stuff almost looks like snot/discharge coming out of my anus? Its a little on the thick side? I have Crohn/IBS + fissure + Fistula
White anal discharge: Call follow up with your gastroenterologist today may be mucus meaning a flare or may be due to infection since you have fistulas ...Read more
Grooves or clefts in various anatomical structures such as the brain (transverse fissure between cerebrum & cerebellum), the skull (sphenoidal fissure), the liver (for the ligamentum teres), the lung (oblique fissure), the spinal cord (ventral median fissure), or other structures such as the palpebral fissure between upper & lower eyelids. Can also be a tear in a structure ...Read more
My husband has had sever diarrhea, stomach cramping, back pain, and anal fissures for years, told it's not crohn's, what is it?
Can be several thing:
Has he consulted with a gastroenterologist? If you are considering somebody in the area, I'm happy to give you some recommendations.
Everything you are describing can be secondary to the severe diarrhea. There are several things that can lead to this. He should be seen by a good GI doc for full eval and treatment. ...Read more
Uncommon: Oral manifestations of Crohn's disease are less common than intestinal manifestations. However anywhere in the lips, mouth, tongue, or back of the throat can be affected. If you truly have oral manifestations of Crohn's I would make certain you are on strong enough medication for your disease. Some of the oral manifestations can cause serious infections or even disfigurement. ...Read more
I have had Crohn's disease for a few years but have recently developed a fissured tongue. It is really painful. Is this because of the crohn's?
Maybe: Crohn's disease can involve the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. In the mouth, it can cause ulcers, fissures, plaques, erythema and other lesions. In addition, malnutrition or deficiency of micronutrients (minerals, vitamins, etc) can cause lesions in the mouth (fissures, inflammation, etc). Both these conditions should be evaluated by your MD. ...Read more
Allergic to many meds. Crohns & only vaseline left to put in anus-fissure, soreness for years. Now vaseline burns me bad (allergy? What can I use inste
See GI doctor: Why hasn't the "anal" prolapse" been corrected? Is the "anal fissure" still present? Have you seen an anorectal surgeon? ...Read more
Inflammatory bowel: Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease, presumably run in families, more in caucasians, which can affect the whole GI from mouth to anus. It is a skipping inflammation, unclear cause, causing problem with absorption and secretory function and causes cramping, and diarrhea and the destruction of the intestinal lining results in fistula formations. ...Read more
Well, yes.: Patients with severe, untreated crohns can have life threatening intestinal bleeding and perforation and are also at higher risk for intestinal cancer. If this is about you or a loved one, do not despair. Just make sure you follow your doctor's instructions to the letter and keep him/her updated of any new symptom. Best to you and happy holidays. ...Read more
Gut disease: This is a serious, troublesome, incurable, chronic disease usually involving the gut, causing the wall to thicken and become blocked. The new biotech medicines have made it much easier to treat than in the past. You may hear it called "regional enteritis" or "terminal ileitis"; the latter doesn't mean it's terminal in the sense that it's usually fatal. ...Read more
An immune mediated: Disease in which the body's immune system attacks the bacteria normally living in the bowels as foreign. This results in inflammation, narrowing, scarring, and perforation of the bowel. On the one hand, the immune system is overactive, and on the other hand the normal protective mechanisms don't act well to keep bacteria at bay in the intestine. ...Read more
Exercise is good:
Tae bo seems to be pretty high energy and impact. If your disease is under good control, you should haven't have major issues, like incontinence. Check out this excellent article on exercise and ibd:
http://www. Webmd. Com/ibd-crohns-disease/ulcerative-colitis/features/exercising-when-you-have-a-gi-disorder. ...Read more
Medical and surgery: Crohn's is an inflammatory condition of the intestine. It can respond well to medical management. If it is refractory and results in bleeding, perforation, stricture, or fails to respond to medical manangment then surgery is available. 50% of patients may require surgery at some time. ...Read more
Crohn's diet?: When your crohn's disease is inactive, there are few dietary restrictions needed. When flaring however, the location of crohn's activity determines diet modification. If in the small bowel, consider cutting back on lactose & fatty foods, & add supplements to make up for vitamin & mineral malabsorptions. If colonic crohn's, avoid gut stimulants like caffeine, minimize alcohol, maybe add probiotics. ...Read more
See a gi doctor: There are many different treatments for crohn's disease. The decision of which medication regimen is best involves reviewing your previous medications, current symptoms, findings on physical exam and endoscopic biopsy results. After reviewing all this info the doctor will discuss the treatment options with you. ...Read more
Rarely: If untreated and out of control, people can lose weight, not absorb enough nutrients and become quite sick. Sometimes people need surgery when other treatments aren't effective. As with any illness that requires medication and/or surgical interventions, there is always risk, but many people living with crohn's can improve with appropriate intevention and live a fairly normal life. ...Read more
It depends: You might be surprised to learn that there's no evidence that certain foods cause crohn's disease. But once you've been diagnosed, paying special attention to what you eat can go a long way toward managing flare-ups, promoting healing, and reducing annoying digestive symptoms. ...Read more
With proper diet, medication, and exercise.
Keep a close relationship with your gastroenterologist. You may eventually need surgery, but that's tolerable as well. You simply have to put this aside, and refuse to let it control your life. Things could always be worse. Blessings to you. ...Read more
Mucous, bloody stool: Crohn's is one of the inflammatory bowel conditions. One of the main signs will be a change in bowel movements usually with blood and/or mucous. Blood in the stool can be red, or dark, tarry and sticky. Abdominal pain is common as well. Rarely constipation can occur. It is systemic so many parts of the body can be affected and not just the stool: joint pain, fever, weight loss and fistulas. ...Read more
Listen to your body: As a mind-body doctor, a person living with crohn's, and a counselor for people with chronic illness, I believe most important is to listen to your body and respond appropriately. If you are fatigued, or in pain, and you keep moving forward without changing how you are in the world, why should your body change? Seek out healers who can teach you how to decrease stress levels. It can really help. ...Read more
Big word but the goal of therapy in crohn's disease is to decrease the inflammation in the lining of the bowel. The two familes of medications used are anti-inflammatory medications - thick Motrin for the gut and immunosuppressive medications.
Asa compounds such as pentasa, (mesalamine) steroids and medications such as 6-mercaptopurine and remicaide are all used based on how severe your symptoms are. ...Read more
Autoimmune: The immune system recognizes a protein usually a bacteria protein in your gut and your immune system does its job to clear that particular foreign protein. Unfortunately your gut is the innocent bystander in this process and sustains anywear from mild to severe damage and prevents it from absorbing nutrition. ...Read more
Not likely: In general, crohn's disease does not cause problems with a developing fetus, although the stress of pregnancy can cause some issues for the mom (although many autoimmune conditions seem to improve during pregnancy!). However, if you are on medications for crohn's they can cause some trouble as many are very powerful - steroids, immune modifying drugs, etc. I am sure your physician can give answers. ...Read more
Depends...: Crohn's disease can affect any portion of the 30 feet of gut. How much of the GI tract is involved, disease activity, and location of flares will determine anticipated food intolerances & absorption/digestion concerns. When quiescent, little diet modification is usually needed. When active, consider supplements of iron, b12; reduce gut stimulants (caffeine): cut back on fiber, fat. Stay hydrated. ...Read more
Diet and medication: A multidirectional approach aimed at decreasing the initiators, such as stress for some patients, a modification of the diet and obviously, medications directed at crohns disease are needed. Short term use of steroids is not unreasonable. A good relaitionship with your gastoenterologist is crucial. ...Read more
What works for you!: There are many medications for crohn's disease because none of them work for everyone and they all have side effects. Each patient is matched with the medication most likely to work with the least side effects. Medications often need to be changed. Steroids are often used to gain initial control but then removed when longer acting drugs with fewer side effects can take over. ...Read more
Listen to your body: Llisten to your body and respond appropriately. Rest! Also, healing from cd can be helped with a combination of western and eastern approaches. Both have something important to offer you. Get counseling to make sure you are absolutely doing what you most love in the world. Counselors and healers can help you prevent flares in the long term. ...Read more