Welcome to YoungCrohns: Adventures with a Chronic Illness.
I’m Louise; a passionate advocate and patient of IBD as well as loving coffee, a good face mask and Mac & cheese.
I love sharing my tales and stories of living life with Crohn’s disease and a permeant ileostomy.
This section is dedicated to my own experiences as a patient throughout my almost decade with a chronic illness.
You’ll also find my writings on the subject of advocacy and awareness raising.
Ever heard of Erythema Nodosum? Nope? Me neither, until the end of September last year. In addition to systemic and gastroinsential symtpoms, Crohn’s Disease affects other organ systems: the joints, muscles, eyes, blood and skin. I presented with erythema nodosum - the inflammation of the subcutanious tissue, which is charaterised by septal panniculitis; that explained my crohnic faitgue and weight loss - on my elbows and upper arms, along with joint pain - formally known as mild arthritis. I suffered with the nodosum for a week before being admitted to hopsital. I continued to suffer with them even after they mis-diagnosied them as cellulitis. Without the diarreah, it was considered a rare presentation for the diagosis of Crohns Disease. Thank goodness for the Flexi Sigmoscopy.. sort of. When I am in pain, it radiates from my elbows and reminds me of the weeks I spent with achy joints. My aches are nothing to the same pain level as then, but they still cause me concern. … [Read More...] about Crohns and I