I have to share a secret with you…my name isn’t actually Bridget. I do, however, have Crohn’s disease so this blog isn’t all lies. Far from it, in fact – this is open and honest posts about an IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) that until I was diagnosed, I had never heard of it (like many people)!
So where did it all start?
I’m pretty sure with a kebab.Rewind to 2013.
We’d just moved into a new house and as payment to our friends who helped us shift all of our stuff (LOTS of books…) we headed to the pub. After spending considerably more time in the pub than it actually took us to move house, we stopped off for a cheeky kebab on the way home. It tasted fine, it looked fine, it smelled pretty good at that point in the night. Kebab – get in mah belleh!
The next morning things weren’t so great. That beautiful kebab from the night before reared its head in the form of multiple trips to the loo.
After a few weeks without the toilet trips lessening plus the terrifying sight of seeing blood in the toilet bowl I went to the doctor. Side note: don’t ever Google about blood after poo-ing because as with everything else, Google will scare the hell out of you. If it happens, just get yourself off to the docs as soon as you can.
The first thoughts from the doc was that I had IBS and to be fair, it was the most obvious and simple thing to rule out to begin with.
After none of the medication I was given cleared up the symptoms, it was time for more tests.
At this point I was still going to the loo a lot, sometimes passing blood and had the occasional cramping but the actual symptoms weren’t as bad as others I’ve read and heard about.
The second round of testing included ALL the blood tests and the most fun thing ever – a colonoscopy! I’d always just thought of colonoscopies as something old men had. Nope! People of all ages and sexes get to have them too! Yay!
Actually, I’d like to spend more time talking about colonoscopies so will do that as a separate post – I don’t want to spare you any of the gory details!
They were pretty much able to diagnose me straight after the colonoscopy.
“You have Crohn’s Disease”
Oh. Ok. *I have absolutely no idea what that is or what you’re talking about but ok*
So that was that. I was a full blown member of the IBD club.
Then came the next fun bit – how to manage the disease. I’ll also talk about that in another post or two because I feel as though I’ve taken up enough of your time for now.
How did you find out you had an IBD? Did you have clear symptoms that just started one day or did things come over time?