Extra-intestinal Problems, Part One

Extra-intestinal Problems, Part One

Crohn's Disease and Other Ailments, Part One

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a series of columns by Mary Horsley about extra-intestinal problems and IBD-related symptoms.

Because Crohn's disease can lead to many other extra-intestinal complaints and ailments, this series will focus on additional problems or conditions that can happen with your disease. With a diagnosis of Crohn’s or colitis, the bowels often aren
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  1. I’ve had Crohn’s for more than 40 years I’ve been in remission following successful intestinal resectioning surgery but still undergo routine endoscopies and colonoscopies. It was during one of those routine procedures my doctor discovered evidence of esophageal cancer of which I had no symptoms. As a result of this early detection I underwent an esophagectomy eliminating the cancer.
    Since esophageal cancer is, I’m told, usually symptom free until it has staged to a point at which it is usually fatal, I can truly say Crohn’s saved my life — though I wouldn’t recommend it!

    • Mary Horsley says:

      I am glad you have found remission! Yikes at finding the cancer, I hope things are okay with that. Double ended sword of sorts, that Crohn’s disease. With mine, we found an extra spleen and a ganglioneuroma by chance. *Hugs*

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