Evidence of pus draining from the area
around the anus, or pain and swelling in the anal area
Not passing any stools or gas
If you have any of these symptoms and you have been
diagnosed with Crohn's disease, your condition may have become much
worse. Some of these symptoms also may be signs of
toxic megacolon. This is a rare complication of Crohn's
disease that requires emergency treatment. Untreated toxic megacolon can cause
the colon to leak or rupture, which can be fatal.
My life with Crohn's has not been easy.
I remember lying in my hospital bed watching a commercial for iced tea. Everyone was running around in the sunshine listening to happy, uplifting music. Never before had I been so jealous of people doing something so simple. I was 16 and it was 2006, five years after I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I had an intestinal blockage and was hospitalized for five days while hooked up to a nasogastric (NG) tube that sucked out bile that was blocking my small...