Marquis R. Ellison
Diagnosis: Crohn’s Disease
Date of Diagnosis: 2009
Symptoms: Weight Loss, Loss of Appetite, Abdominal Pain, Fatigue, Nausea, Anemia
In 2009, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, a form of IBD. I experienced rapid weight loss, loss of appetite, excruciating abdominal pain, nausea, anemia, and fatigue. All are symptoms associated with IBD. Fortunately, I never experienced the diarrhea which is another common symptom of IBD. I went through multiple tests such as colonoscopies, endoscopies, x-rays, ultrasounds, gall bladder tests, etc. Eventually, I had to seek a second opinion which lead to my Crohn's diagnosis. Prior to the diagnosis, I had a capsule endoscopy which showed the Crohn's. My doctor wanted to scope me just to be extra sure before medication was prescribed. The week I was diagnosed, I was in the hospital for a week and had another colonoscopy, endoscopy and two blood transfusions. Later that Thursday I was diagnosed and began treatment immediately.