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I was diagnosed with crohn's disease in February 2012, and at that time, I had severe abdominal cramps, little appetite, diahrrea, and weight loss. They put me on steriods for two weeks, and I started to feel a lot better, and by then I was in remission, so I regained the weight I loss, regained my appetite, and had normal bowel movements. They then took me off the steroids, and they put me on Pentesa. I have been in remission for 5 years until a few months ago. Starting in September 2017, my stools started to change- they began to float in the toilet, and were becoming more frequent. I still had my normal appetite, but I noticed that I lost 10 pounds. The one thing that I changed was that I started running cross country, and I thought it was possibly from that, and that it could of been not drinking enough water, so I began drinking more water, and I thought everything would go back to normal after the season. Meanwhile, I went in to get my bloodwork that I routinely get once every six months, and my primary care doctor freaked out about my hemoglobin which droped to about 10 (11 is average I believe) and wanted to put me on steriods again, but my GI specialist said no to putting me back on steriods. I went to see the GI doctor one week later and they wanted to up my medications, but that did nothing. Meanwhile, my bowel movements started to become extremely painful, and were loose but not diahrrea. My GI then suggested that they change my medication to balsalazide disodium, which helped relieve the pain during bowel movements, and the inflammation went down a little bit, but I still experience loose stools, and I still have not regained the weight I lost, and on top of that, I occasionally feel that I do not have a complete bowel movement some days. I don't know what to do and I am looking for answers. Thanks!
Reply posted for andrew 2012.
Thank you for your response. My cross country season ended just over a week ago, and my bowel movements have started to become more firm, although I still have some loose stools. I did start trying different foods that were higher in carbs because I thought it would give me the energy I need to run. I have started to feel better, but I have an issue with a feeling of incomplete bowel movements. Just recently, I woke up in the morning and had my bowel movement (I normally go in the morning) and I had an urge to go, and when I went, hardly anything came out and it felt very incomplete. I ended up going again later that day and it did feel more complete. It has me concerned that this may happen again and I don't know what to do. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Also, I see my GI doctor in just a little over a week, so I will see how things go.
Reply posted for andrew 2012.
Sounds like running cross country was a major change in your life. With that, did you change anything in your life like diet? Did you add something that maybe you have a sensitivity? Maybe you increased carb intake or starting eating energy bars, etc? I imagine you have already looked into the "low-hanging fruit" issues, but in case you haven't...
Best of luck. Flares really suck!