CANNABIS AND CROHN'S DISEASE By: Wendy Turner (Mother of Coltyn Turner)
State of Colorado
"I'd rather be illegally alive than legally dead." ~ Coltyn Turner Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Inflammation caused by Crohn's disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people.
Sporting events are still possible with IBD.
Obtaining a Diagnosis:
On June 3, 2011, Coltyn Turner drowned in a lake while attending a Boy Scout Camp in his home state of Illinois. He was luckily saved by his brother, Skyler, and 3 other Boy scouts. He survived the incident, but the event triggered young Coltyn’s body to develop a severe autoimmune disorder known as Crohn’s Disease. We had no idea what Crohn's was. Coltyn started taking asacol, even though we weren't 100% sure it was Crohn's and was sent home, to be seen back at the doctor’s office 3 months later. So we started doing our research on Crohn's to see what we were up against. Little did we know, that day would set us on a path of heartbreak, soul searching, anger and pure determination.
Shortly after his drowning Coltyn got sick with a lot of stomach pain, frequent bathroom visits, fatigue and vomiting. So we, of course, took him to the doctor. She ran a ton of tests and it was determined that he had a bacterial infection from the lake water he ingested when he drown. But a few of his tests came out abnormal. His Complete Blood Count (CBC) showed significant anemia, his C-reactive protein (CRP) and Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate or SED rate (ESR) were significantly elevated indicating the possibility of inflammation and his Vitamin B-12 was low which can be an indication that the small intestines aren’t absorbing nutrients properly. The pediatrician suggested we see a Pediatric Gastroenterologist (GI). Between seeing the Pediatrician and getting to the GI, Coltyn quickly declined and was experiencing more pain and now bloody stools. So a visit to the ER was inevitable.
Published on Jul 1, 2017
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