Friday, September 07, 2007

Neuropathy and Crohn's

There is a new report out about Asymptomatic Neuropathy and Crohn's disease.
Basically, neuropathy means that you have some nerve damage and/or your nerves aren't talking to your brain correctly. It can mean tingling in toes and fingers and sensitivity to touch ...which can occur because of the B-12 and other vitamin deficiencies common to people with IBD.

However, it can also mean that the nerves in your guts just don't work right...causing tummy troubles even when say a colonoscopy shows no inflammation. Finding out this is the cause of pain, diarrhea, constipation and what have you instead of a run-of-the-mill flare can mean a difference in treatment. Instead of the anti-inflammatory may need a different sort of treatment sorted out. The other thing to be aware of is that while many issues with Crohn's can take years to start...this happens early in the course of the disease.
In any case, it is nice to know, I suppose that we aren't losing our mind when we go to the bathroom 5 million times a day but our scope "looks good". It was also good to find out that this can cause a lot of the bladder issues that I run into. Adding it to my list of things to chat with the GI doc about.

1 comment:

The other Vanda said...

I'm glad it was a good report for you. Ehgads TW, not being horrible or anything but I'm so very glad I don't have tummy troubles.

IBS is a walk in the park compared to what you go through.