Crohn's Disease - does cannabis help?

Posted by eltrosewater @eltrosewater, Aug 13, 2018

I am wondering if anyone has had success with cannabis use to treat and manage Crohn’s Disease symptom and has gotten their Iowa Department of Public Health form stating they have a condition that qualifies them for the Iowa program signed by their gastroenterologist. My current medical team either claims cannabis does not help Crohn’s symptoms and pain, or acknowledge it does and tell me privately in-person they will not sign the form because their supervisors have informed them they will lose their jobs.

@rabecca

I have some questions, but I don't know anyone else who has crohns. Some other Crohnies 🙂 to talk to would be nice.

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Yez! We will talk@ Love and light, Mamacita

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@arick21

Hi!
I am a 41 year old female, dx with Crohn’s in 2016 after a two-week affair of chronic diarrhea and nausea, with subsequent dehydration, weight loss, fatigue. Colonoscopy did show chronic ulcerations. Prior to that event, I had irregular BM’s, but nothing significant. Since my diagnosis, I have chronic abdominal bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue, no diarrhea, fatigue, have GAINED 20 lbs. I am on Pentasa and take various supplements. I recently had labs done, and there are a few directing to malnutrition, yet I cannot lose weight!

I also have early onset disc dysplagia in lumbar/sacral spine. I am active and live a healthy life. I am not certain Crohn’s is the correct dx, especially with the absence of chronic diarrhea and constpation. Does anyone have any feedback or advice? I am at a loss and wonder if I have something else going on.

Thank you!

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Hello @arick21, welcome to Connect. There is another discussion on Connect where your post may have more visibility with members discussing symptoms similar to yours. I'm tagging our moderator @ethanmcconkey to see if we should move your post to the following discussion where you will be able to meet other members with similar symptoms.

> Groups > Autoimmune Diseases > Diagnosed with Crohn's but having weird symptoms
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/diagnosed-with-crohns-but-having-weird-symptoms/

You mentioned your recent labs pointed towards malnutrition yet you are unable to lose weight. Have you discussed this with your doctor? I did run across an interesting article discussing the topic that may provide more information for you.

6 Surprising Health Conditions that Hinder Weight Loss
https://www.canadianliving.com/health/nutrition/article/6-surprising-health-conditions-that-hinder-weight-loss

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@johnbishop

Hello @arick21, welcome to Connect. There is another discussion on Connect where your post may have more visibility with members discussing symptoms similar to yours. I'm tagging our moderator @ethanmcconkey to see if we should move your post to the following discussion where you will be able to meet other members with similar symptoms.

> Groups > Autoimmune Diseases > Diagnosed with Crohn's but having weird symptoms
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/diagnosed-with-crohns-but-having-weird-symptoms/

You mentioned your recent labs pointed towards malnutrition yet you are unable to lose weight. Have you discussed this with your doctor? I did run across an interesting article discussing the topic that may provide more information for you.

6 Surprising Health Conditions that Hinder Weight Loss
https://www.canadianliving.com/health/nutrition/article/6-surprising-health-conditions-that-hinder-weight-loss

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Hi @johnbishop. Thank you on the posting guidance and the article. I really appreciate it.

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@arick21

Hi!
I am a 41 year old female, dx with Crohn’s in 2016 after a two-week affair of chronic diarrhea and nausea, with subsequent dehydration, weight loss, fatigue. Colonoscopy did show chronic ulcerations. Prior to that event, I had irregular BM’s, but nothing significant. Since my diagnosis, I have chronic abdominal bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue, no diarrhea, fatigue, have GAINED 20 lbs. I am on Pentasa and take various supplements. I recently had labs done, and there are a few directing to malnutrition, yet I cannot lose weight!

I also have early onset disc dysplagia in lumbar/sacral spine. I am active and live a healthy life. I am not certain Crohn’s is the correct dx, especially with the absence of chronic diarrhea and constpation. Does anyone have any feedback or advice? I am at a loss and wonder if I have something else going on.

Thank you!

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Hi arick21, I read your post and wanted to reply. I also am a female in my 40 s who has Crohns Disease. I was diagnosed at age 25. Through this long journey of living with the disease for over 20 years, first I just wanted to say.. don’t give up in trying to find answers! I got help and second opinions at Mayo Rochester and it was totally worth it. The doctors there are so knowledgeable and kind and set me on the right path in terms of meds and healing. Also one thing I have seen over the years is that Crohns is a really individual disease. That means everyone’s Crohns is unique. I have two close girlfriends with Crohns and their disease is very different to mine. Yet here we all are with Crohns! So in summary, don’t give up, keep seeking your truth and answers. And know there are lots of other Crohnsies out there all with very different symptoms.. but suffering from this same inflammatory bowel disease!

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Hi!
I am a 41 year old female, dx with Crohn’s in 2016 after a two-week affair of chronic diarrhea and nausea, with subsequent dehydration, weight loss, fatigue. Colonoscopy did show chronic ulcerations. Prior to that event, I had irregular BM’s, but nothing significant. Since my diagnosis, I have chronic abdominal bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue, no diarrhea, fatigue, have GAINED 20 lbs. I am on Pentasa and take various supplements. I recently had labs done, and there are a few directing to malnutrition, yet I cannot lose weight!

I also have early onset disc dysplagia in lumbar/sacral spine. I am active and live a healthy life. I am not certain Crohn’s is the correct dx, especially with the absence of chronic diarrhea and constpation. Does anyone have any feedback or advice? I am at a loss and wonder if I have something else going on.

Thank you!

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I've had Crohn's disease for many years. My energy level is usually pretty low, but several times a month I get hit with major fatigue that lasts for 3-4 days, and leaves me unable to do just about anything. Have any of you experienced this, and what do you do to get through it ?

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