Crohn’s disease often is viewed as a “bathroom disease,” because having frequent bathroom trips is associated with Crohn’s. That is not always the case for those suffering with this debilitating disease. When those bathroom symptoms become bothersome, this includes diarrhea or in some cases the exact opposite, constipation, and it’s hard to have bowel movements (BM).
What is constipation and what are the symptoms?
is a condition that occurs when someone has fewer than three bowel movements in a week. Often BM stools are hard and dry, making it difficult or painful to pass. It’s important to know that not everyone has the same bowel movement habits. Some people have several BMs daily, some have just a few per week.
Constipation can cause a variety of secondary symptoms, such as nausea, abdominal bloating, cramping, and a feeling of fullness.
When I was first diagnosed with Crohn’s, I was making up to 25 trips to the bathroom daily. I had the hardest time trying to control having to go so many times, and staying hydrated was a struggle. A lot of that changed when I had a hemicolectomy
. One section of my colon was so diseased it was wreaking havoc and I was getting