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I was diagnosed in 2015

I was just 15 years old when I experienced heavy rectal bleeding, diarrhea and abdominal pain for a week. I went to a gastro and she scheduled a colonoscopy and endoscopy. It showed that I had ulcerative colitis. I was put on prednisone for months and gained about 60 lbs.

In 2017 I had another colonoscopy and I was back into a flare and had to do enemas and changed my medication. It flared up again this year back in July and I had developed bad arthritis from it which caused me to lose my job. I struggled with the arthritis until a couple weeks ago. I just had another colonoscopy two days ago. They didn’t see any ulcers but it was still a little inflamed but, it’s way better than before. I doubled up my meds and I have been on vitamins and supplements and I am a lot better.

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  • Matt Nagin moderator
    6 days ago

    I was diagnosed in 1990 when I was 13 years old. The doctors though I had appendicitis and removed my appendix! Later, they discovered I actually had Crohn’s disease.

    I’m glad to hear you are feeling better. This disease is a real struggle.

  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    1 month ago

    I am so glad to hear that you are feeling better and seeing improvement. Are you doing any changes in your diet to help keep symptoms under control?

    Wishing you the best in health, always.

    Elizabeth (team member)

  • ashleyf moderator
    1 month ago

    Hi there. It sounds like it’s been a long journey for you these past few years! It can often take some time before finding what treatment plan and dosage helps stabilize your symptoms, and it can change overtime. I wanted to let you know that you’re not alone in experiencing joint inflammation from your IBD, you can read more about it here: I’m glad it’s feeling better now and hope it continues to stay that way for you! We wish you continued success on your journey to relief, and know we are thinking of you. Best, Ashley (Team Member)

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