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12-05-2017, 01:32 PM   #1
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Diagnosed with IBS, but I'm worried it could be Crohn's. Looking for reassurance.

I'm a 29 year old guy, and I've had an anxious stomach for as long as I can remember--all the way back to gradeschool. It seems to have gotten worse with age, my symptoms align pretty well with IBS-D...when I'm having a flareup (which tends to last months) it's not uncommon for me to have diarrhea 5 times in the morning before my stomach calms down. This makes work in the morning pretty miserable. Immodium usually helps, but it takes a while to kick in.

I also get stomach pains, gas, and mucus in my stool. Generally, my stool is formed--I just go a lot and have urgency, but I would say I experience loose stools more than the average, non-IBS person. I'm about 10 pounds underweight and have a hard time putting on weight. When I'm having a flareup, I tend to lose my appetite due to stress.

In 2014, I had a colonoscopy with multiple biopsies, and that turned out normal. I also did some blood tests (for Celiac) and a CT scan where I had to drink that blue stuff. Everything came back fine.

A year later, when I was having a particularly bad flareup, I went back to my gastro doc and he told me that although he thinks I have IBS, one final test he could try would be the small bowel follow through with a barium swallow. I went ahead and did that (the stuff gave me diarrhea instantly) but that came back normal as well.

What concerns me though, the final thing I can't seem to shake, is I have red eyes a lot of the time. I've been to eye doctors for this, and asked my gastro, and neither seem concerned. Generally, when I'm having this issue, which happens a lot, one eye at a time is red. Usually the inner white of the eye and some of the outer. Over the course of the day, it fluctuates. I can look in the mirror and see that my eye is completely back to normal, and then a half an hour later it looks like I have pink eye again. It's rarely both eyes at once, but it happens to both.

I had a good year last year...no stomach issues or red eye issues. Last week I had bad diarrhea at work. Then over the weekend I had hard constipated stools, and now today, my eye is red and I'm having bad diarrhea.

I'm seeing a new doctor next month, but I doubt I'll do the tests again. I really respect my last doctor and his opinion, but I just want to talk to someone else about it because I'm not sure what to do.

Do the eye symptoms point to something like Crohn's? This scares me pretty bad.

(Other notes: I’ve never seen blood. I had Cdiff over the summer because of an antibiotic I took for a finger infection, but Flagyl cleared it up. My “good year” I was on an antidepressant, but I’m not sure if that was the reason my stomach felt better. I do tend to have high anxiety.)
12-05-2017, 02:02 PM   #2
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Not sure but you might want to check with an eye doctor. Also, I agree with seeing the new doctor.
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12-05-2017, 02:02 PM   #3
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Hi I don't know too much about how crohns can affect the eyes but I do know that IBS have similar symptoms to crohns. Another way to find out is to have a calprotecin test. I too was told its IBS but my consultant recommended I did a stool sample every 6months for a yr to check my inflammation levels to be 100% sure. If its normal then Its likely Ibs. Usually this is the first test to have before having an invasive test such as a colonoscopy.
12-05-2017, 02:27 PM   #4
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As far as I’m aware the only eye condition related to Crohn’s is uveitis https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/uveitis/
I would also get a fecal calproctectin
12-05-2017, 02:32 PM   #5
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As far as I’m aware the only eye condition related to Crohn’s is uveitis
From what I've read, uveitis, episcleritis, and dry eyes are all common. My symptoms seem the most like episcleritis, but when I saw an eye doctor about it a few years ago, he wasn't sure.
12-08-2017, 12:41 PM   #6
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have you tried a diet approach (eliminating some foods)? I personally do not trust the typical north american diet which consists of a lot of processed foods consumption. FODMAP diet could help with IBS.

Along with Stress management techniques/psychotherapy, physical activity, you could maybe see an improuvement of your situation. Stress and anxiety can create digestive track issues in healthy individuals. My healthy friends do experiment issues under stress and personally, when i am stressed I feel the knot in my stomach.

the eye issues you mention can be associated with IBD. What kind of eye doctor have you seen? A dr who wasnt sure of your situation should have asked to see you again to monitor your situation in my opinion. You should see a licensed ophthalmologist if symptoms persist. It may only be eye irritation due to allergens also or dry eyes. I would avoid contacts if you wear them or prolonged hours in from of digital screens.
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12-08-2017, 01:32 PM   #7
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I'm a 29 year old guy, and I've had an anxious stomach for as long as I can remember--all the way back to gradeschool. It seems to have gotten worse with age, my symptoms align pretty well with IBS-D...when I'm having a flareup (which tends to last months) it's not uncommon for me to have diarrhea 5 times in the morning before my stomach calms down. This makes work in the morning pretty miserable. Immodium usually helps, but it takes a while to kick in.

I also get stomach pains, gas, and mucus in my stool. Generally, my stool is formed--I just go a lot and have urgency, but I would say I experience loose stools more than the average, non-IBS person. I'm about 10 pounds underweight and have a hard time putting on weight. When I'm having a flareup, I tend to lose my appetite due to stress.

In 2014, I had a colonoscopy with multiple biopsies, and that turned out normal. I also did some blood tests (for Celiac) and a CT scan where I had to drink that blue stuff. Everything came back fine.

A year later, when I was having a particularly bad flareup, I went back to my gastro doc and he told me that although he thinks I have IBS, one final test he could try would be the small bowel follow through with a barium swallow. I went ahead and did that (the stuff gave me diarrhea instantly) but that came back normal as well.

What concerns me though, the final thing I can't seem to shake, is I have red eyes a lot of the time. I've been to eye doctors for this, and asked my gastro, and neither seem concerned. Generally, when I'm having this issue, which happens a lot, one eye at a time is red. Usually the inner white of the eye and some of the outer. Over the course of the day, it fluctuates. I can look in the mirror and see that my eye is completely back to normal, and then a half an hour later it looks like I have pink eye again. It's rarely both eyes at once, but it happens to both.

I had a good year last year...no stomach issues or red eye issues. Last week I had bad diarrhea at work. Then over the weekend I had hard constipated stools, and now today, my eye is red and I'm having bad diarrhea.

I'm seeing a new doctor next month, but I doubt I'll do the tests again. I really respect my last doctor and his opinion, but I just want to talk to someone else about it because I'm not sure what to do.

Do the eye symptoms point to something like Crohn's? This scares me pretty bad.

(Other notes: I’ve never seen blood. I had Cdiff over the summer because of an antibiotic I took for a finger infection, but Flagyl cleared it up. My “good year” I was on an antidepressant, but I’m not sure if that was the reason my stomach felt better. I do tend to

have high anxiety.)
Hi this is just a throught it could be dry eye syndrome. This happened to me and it would disappear after some time I got it a few times yrs ago but I've never had it since. Both my eyes were very red. Try using a warm flannel and put it over both eyes for 60secs each ensuring the heat gets into your eyes. Its with a try
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