Receiving a Diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease

Receiving a Diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease
With a disease like Crohn’s, finding the problem can be difficult, and receiving a diagnosis can take longer than expected. There are so many signs and symptoms and combinations of symptoms that are individual to each patient that finding a diagnosis is not as simple as a yes or no answer. The first go-to for getting your diagnosis is to see a primary care physician. Your primary doctor will usually recommend a referral for a consultation with a gastroenterologist. After meeting with a GI, you’ll likely go through a colonoscopy, endoscopy, or both so that doctors can view your inflammation and take biopsies of what they see. There’s no single specific test for Crohn’s, according to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, and the inflammation that doctors are looking for could be happening at the wrong place or wrong time during testing or scopes. Blood work is usually ordered, such as a CBC (complete blood count), to look for anemia and infections; liver or kidney panels can be ordered; and typically at least one stool sample is requested. For some, a colonoscopy and blood tests will prove inflammation is happening, and a diagnosis with a treatment plan and prescription will be suggested. But for others, it can take months or years to get a diagnosis — even if you have symptoms systemic to Crohn’s. Doctors hate to go through years of testing, but a diagnosis is a serious matter, and every test confirms or rules out a problem, bringing you one step closer to finding the real issue. [caption id="attachment_14602
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One comment

  1. Chantal says:

    Good evening :
    Crohn’s pathology has radically changed my lifestyle.

    Fortunately receiving adequate treatment, things go better now.

    Nevertheless, each two years I need a regular check up.

    Being conscious about this disease, hope keeps me going on.

    The strong will to live, reveals itself stronger.

    Kind greetings from Switzerland.

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