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    Do I have Crohn's if I have opposite symptoms?
    KarleyR posted:
    Hi, I just had a colonoscopy this week and the specialist told me I have either Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis. My issue is that all day long I feel the urge to have a bowel movement or diarrhea but it WON'T come out. I get cramping often, mostly on the left lower side of my stomach. I've read many people's posts and I can't seem to find anyone with symptoms like mine. I KNOW its not typical constipation, which some doctors and people have assumed. I've had an xray, CT scan, barium enema and all nothing. It wasn't until the colonoscopy that he suggested Crohn's or UC. It feels like inflammation of my bowel or an obstruction of some sort. If I take a laxative I get SEVERE cramping like I need to run to the bathroom and have diarrhea but my body won't let it out- so I won't take them, it causes way too much pain and doesn't work. When I sit there for long enough on the toilet and try to stimulate my body to go, or try sitting different ways, the tiniest bit of diarrhea or regular consistancy stools will come out, sometimes along with a gross mucus and/or blood sometimes. It's been like this for 4-5 months and it seems to be getting worse. The specialist prescibed me Aminosalicylic Acid pills and I've taken them for 3 days and it seems to be working, but its only been 3 days. Would this be Crohn's or UC if I have the opposite symptoms?
    hannahleigh89 responded:
    Sounds a lot like UC. Constipation is a common problem with both UC and Crohn's, but your description of where the pain is and always feeling like you need to go fits UC better.
    Tam1995 responded:
    I have crohns and have the same thing. I have info to help. I dont have time to get into it right now. I will sign back on later. If by chance I forget, send me a friend request on facebook...Tammy Hysong Lynn.
    Tam1995 responded:
    Hi, I posted earlier and didnt have time to go into detail. I have had crohns now for probably over 20 years. However, I was diagnosed maybe only 8 years ago. I to have the constipation. It seems to be on the rare side of crohns. I take Pentasa 500 mg 4 times daily. It helps reduced the flair-ups. When I have a flair-up I start having contractions much like what I got when in labor. They will be maybe 10 minutes apart and my get closer. It is much like you discribe. It usually takes 2 hours of these contractions before I am able to go. Just before I'm able to go, I hear a flush of fluids go through my stomache as if it was blocked by something. I too can not take laxatives, it causes more pain with no results. Earlier on in my diagnoses I had to take go-lightly.....or what ever that colonoscopy prep is every day. I would mix 17mg?, I think mg's into water twice a day. This would result in me going often, but, it was the consistancy of thick tooth paste. Not really what I wanted to deal with but, it kept the flair-ups to a minimum. Also, get a RX for Nulev sublingaul pills to put under your tongue. They stop the contractions. Hope this helps!

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