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Possible Colitis Flare Up?

Hello, this will be a long post. I'm new to this site, but I've had both Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis for nearly a decade now and have Generalized Anxiety. I am a female, currently 24, and having a lot of odd symptoms. About 2-3 years ago now the lymph nodes on my neck were suddenly swollen. They don't hurt except when I'm sick like the flu, cold, flare up, etc. An ultrasound showed they weren't big, so the doctor said it was nothing. In these 2-3 years I've also had more problems with my Crohn's/Colitis, small flare ups here and there, I also caught COVID-19 in June 2020 with severe symptoms. Luckily I recovered, but in October 2020 I had pain when I eat, spastic colon (either constipation or diarrhea) and my GI put me on Prednisone for 3 months. I think it did help a great deal and my recent colonoscopy showed my Crohn's is in remission (Thank goodness) and my Colitis is not very active. But since the start of 2021 I've almost completely lost my appetite, I've dropped 22 lbs, become intolerant to a lot of foods (I'll throw up instead of being able to digest it), extreme fatigue, headaches, spastic colon, and my cervical lymph nodes and even ones in my armpits are aching. I have been under a lot of stress and Anxiety, but I don't know if it's all related, or I'm just being a hypochondriac. Anybody have any tips?

  1. You are certainly not a hypochondriac. I'm so sorry you are going through this. I guess a tip I would share is to always advocate for yourself. if you feel like something is wrong then it is. Don't let doctors down play what you are feeling because that tends to happen a lot. Push for testing until you get to the bottom of it.

    Have you had blood work done recently? That could help shed light on why you are having the extreme fatigue and headaches. Could be anemia or some sort of deficiency. For the spastic colon, have you tried peppermint oil? That helps me a lot. And as far as the lymph nodes, I would push to see a specialist.

    Sending strength your way, Elizabeth (team member)

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