Has anyone else been completely asymptomatic yet pursued treatment for Chron's disease? I'm not seeking medical advice, but would like to understand if anyone else has had this experience and understand what worked for them.
Sorry for the long post!
I'm a late-20s female and for the most part am very healthy. I eat decent/probably better than average, pass a type 4 stool almost daily, and am never in pain/nauseous/fatigued. I definitely am high-strung and stress myself out more than I should, but otherwise, I have no outward health issues. (for this I am very grateful)
However, for a couple years now, about once a year, I get blood in my stool. Never any other symptoms other than constipation, but I always linked the constipation to PMS and thought maybe I just have hemorrhoids from stress. The blood would be bright red, but very, very minimal, and the constipation would only last about a week (not full on blockage for a week, but type 1 & 2 stools).
Back in December 2020, I was bleeding around the holidays (very stressed & not eating my regular home meals) and had some constipation a little bit longer than usual. To the degree that I finally tried a laxative (had never taken one before). I decided it was probably time to see a G.I. doctor since my mother does have UC and was diagnosed around my age. I wasn't thinking I had UC or anything that would cause regular symptoms, but wanted to make sure I didn't have some sort of cancer.
The doctor did blood work (nothing abnormal), a colonoscopy (inflammation & spontaneous bleeding at the ileum, but no hemorrhoids or cancer), and an MRI enterography (showed inflammation of about 10 cm). Ultimately the doctor believes I have Chron's Disease.
My doctor wants me to go on a steroid called Budesonide for 6 months and then have another colonoscopy, but I'm a bit torn. I'm finding it hard to wrap my head around taking medication and putting myself through more procedures when I haven't had any symptoms since December 2020 and those very mild symptoms back in December only lasted two weeks.
Of course long term inflammation is not great, so I don't want to do nothing, but I don't feel like medication is addressing the root cause. I'm also not sure if I can even figure out what the root cause is given I don't have symptoms.
Have you had a similar experience? What's worked for you?