Accepting the Restrictions From My Crohn's Disease

Was this helpful? (1)
Matthew Miles Crohn's Disease

Matthew Miles has had to make sacrifices to treat his Crohn's disease, but those changes have allowed him to lead a normal life.

When I was younger, all I wanted to do was play sports. I played football, baseball, basketball, even hockey. But when I was 12 years old, I started feeling really bad - I'd get stomachaches and really bad constipation that would last three or four days. I remember being in the bathroom, almost screaming in pain. I knew it wasn't normal. Eventually, my doctor diagnosed me with Crohn's disease.

Because going to the bathroom hurt so much, I would consciously eat less because I associated eating with the pain of going to the bathroom. I got really skinny and dehydrated, and kept getting sicker and sicker. Soon, I couldn't lift a baseball bat, much less play tackle football. I lost any kind of athletic ability I had - it all diminished. That was a really hard time.

Matt talks about the challenges of living with Crohn's disease.

2018 Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.