A personal assistant has revealed how a visit to the dentist led to her being diagnosed with Crohn's disease at the age of 13.
Rosie Campbell went to the dentist when she got severe pain in her mouth and around her lips, as well as her sores.
The now 28-year-old was referred to an oral specialist who diagnosed her with inflammatory bowel disease after performing a biopsy.
Mouth ulcers are a known sign of the condition, which causes inflammation of the digestive system or the intestines and can be painful.
Miss Campbell, from Essex, was told that she needed a stoma bag, so the then teenager was terrified that no boy ever wanted to be with her.
After refusing the bag for six months, doctors warned Miss Campbell that she could die from blood poisoning unless she had undergone the operation.
Miss Campbell had finally fitted the cover, but the test was not over yet, with her weight plummeting to only 5th (31.7 kg) when she was forced to & # 39; eat & # 39; through a tube.
However, she slowly grew stronger and is now & # 39; happier than she has ever been & # 39; with her & # 39; soulmate & # 39; Recece.
Rosie Campbell (left), now 28, was diagnosed with Crohn's disease after a routine visit to the dentist at 1 pm. Miss Campbell proudly shows off her stoma bag (seen on the right) after she resisted for six months because she was afraid it would postpone her potential friends
The test, which was shown in hospital during treatment, caused Miss Campbell to have missed school for almost a year. It also resulted in her weight plummeting from 7st (44.4kg) to only 5st (31.7kg)
Miss Campbell began to suffer from mouth pain and abdominal discomfort in her early teens.
The pain could be so severe that she would be afraid to go to the toilet and wake up all night.
& # 39; I was so scared, nobody knew what was wrong with me, & # 39; Miss Campbell said, remembering her ordeal in November 2003.
& # 39; The doctor kept sending me away and said nothing was wrong. I got painful creams and creams for piles. I kept asking myself "why me".
& # 39; I spent the next year in horror, crying most nights because I was afraid of even going to the bathroom. The pain looked like glass that cut me. & # 39;
During a routine appointment with the dentist, Miss Campbell was prescribed penicillin for a week to prevent possible infections.
When this failed, her dentist referred her to a specialist at Miss Campbell's local hospital in Epping, where she was finally diagnosed.
& # 39; I didn't put two and two together, and I didn't think my mouth and ass could be a problem, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; At the age of 13 I had no idea what that was and what would happen to me. & # 39;
Miss Campbell (photo left) has found & # 39; peace and happiness & # 39; as she grew up. She is shown shortly after the operation to fit her stoma in March 2005. Miss Campbell finally agreed to the procedure after doctors had warned that they would suffer without blood poisoning
Miss Campbell is & # 39; happier than ever & # 39; with her & # 39; soulmate & # 39; Reece (shown together)
Five months after she was diagnosed, Miss Campbell began taking the infliximab medication every six weeks for several months. Infliximab suppresses a patient's overactive immune system to help combat inflammation in the gut.
When this failed, doctors warned her that the only option was a stoma bag.
& # 39; I remember the day I was with my mother in the clinic at the Royal London Hospital and read a poster on the wall, and asked what a stoma was, my mother told me that I will never need one , & # 39; said Miss Campbell. .
& # 39; I didn't know that a nightmare was about to happen. I thought to myself: "who will ever want to be my boyfriend?"
& # 39; I fought with the doctors for six months before I heard if I hadn't done it, then I got blood poisoning. & # 39;
Only when she had heart failure in March 2005 due to dangerously low potassium levels, Miss Campbell agreed to have a stoma installed.
& # 39; My options were to die and not have a bag or to have a bag and to fight for my life, & she said.
Crohn often leaves patients unable to properly absorb nutrients from their food.
Potassium helps to maintain the electrical activity of cells, with those in the heart being particularly affected when the levels of the mineral fall.
Despite everything she has endured, Miss Campbell (recently pictured) succeeded in raising a smile in the hospital (see left). She slowly regained her strength and is now healthier 8st (50.8kg)
Miss Campbell (pictured with Reece) was afraid she would never have & # 39; casual flings & # 39; would have
WHAT IS RELAXING FIRE EXCHANGER?
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a medical term that describes a group of conditions in which the intestines become inflamed (red and swollen).
Two important types of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative colitis affects the colon (colon), while Crohn's disease can occur in any part of the intestines.
Symptoms can be:
- Abdominal cramps and pain often
- Watery diarrhea (may be bloody)
- Severe urgency to have a bowel movement
- Fever during active stages of the disease
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Fatigue and anemia tiredness (due to blood loss)
People of any age can get IBD, but it is usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40.
The conditions are chronic and cannot be cured, so treatment is usually dependent on medication and lifestyle changes to control the symptoms, but can also be surgery.
IBD is thought to affect about three million people in the US, more than 300,000 British and 85,000 Australians.
Source: Crohn & Colitis Australia
Miss Campbell's treatment resulted in missing nearly a year of school. It also caused her weight to plummet from 7st (44.4kg) to only 5st (31.7kg).
& # 39; Six weeks after my surgery I was back in the hospital, five stones, I lost all my hair and felt very unwell, she said.
The then teenager was forced to & # 39; eat & # 39; via a feeding probe that went through her nose because she was too weak to chew and swallow.
With doctors desperately looking for her to arrive, Miss Campbell spent weeks on a liquid diet of 3,000 calories a day.
Overtime, Miss Campbell recovered and got heavier, which boosted her confidence.
& # 39; As I grow older, I have found peace and am happier to accept that I have (my stoma) for life, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I am now happy in a relationship and the happiest I have ever been.
& # 39; I finally met my soul mate. For years I have been worried about meeting new people, not being able to stroll through the bag, but people are more understanding than you think. & # 39;
Miss Campbell speaks out to encourage others with Crohn to stay positive.
& # 39; Don't waste time like me, if you say you need a stoma, do it, & # 39; she said. & # 39; Keep fighting. Everyone is confronted with a kind of fight, whether it is physical or mental.
& # 39; Get the best out of what hand you've shared and where you can live your best life. Together we can break through the stigma and show what self-love and self-care is. & # 39;
Miss Campbell is pictured on the left around the time doctors tried to persuade her to have a stoma bag placed. Her mother (pictured on the right) reassured her that she would never need a pouch. Only when she got heart failure did she agree with the procedure
Ms. Campbell, pictured with Reece, claims that people & # 39; have more understanding than you think & # 39;
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