Crohn’s Disease

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What is  Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s Disease is one of the two major Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.  It is also known as ileitis or enteritis.  Active Crohn’s disease is characterized by inflammation in the gut lining.  Crohn’s can affect any region of the digestive and/or gastrointestinal tract (your gut).  Basically, it can begin in your mouth and end in the rectum.  Usually it occurs in patches, maybe in the mouth, duodenum, ileum, or colon.  It is most commonly found in the ileum, hence ileitis inflammation of the ileum.

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  • Nausea
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms vary depending on stress, diet, and whether you are under treatment.  They can be mild or debilitating.  Usually the area of the gi tract that is affected determines the symptoms.  Generally, symptoms of Crohn’s are characterized by inflammation. Most commonly it is found in the small intestine.  This can mean part of the small intestine beginning in the first region: duodenum, the third region: ileum, or patches of inflammation through the small intestine.

Crohn’s Disease in children

Although, most people are diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease between the ages of 15-35, there are many children with Crohn’s.  Essentially, the disease affects children in a similar way to adults.  However, Crohn’s in children is especially tough because it affects their growth and learning.  Often, there is a lot of malnutrition.  As a result, children have delayed growth and have too low energy to participate in school and activities.  This is an immediate sign to treat the disease.  Download the vegetable guide here, if you know that adding a good dose of nutrition will help.  Overall, Crohn’s Disease in kids is tough, but it can be treated immediately before they progress into their teen years.

Wondering and wondering what illness you may have is probably one of the most stressful things that can even trigger a flare.  Likewise, receiving a diagnosis and feeling overwhelmed with questions, fears, and expectations can be just as bad if not worse. In reality, no matter what the result of the diagnosis is, the worst disability that somebody can have is a poor attitude and negative mindset.

With that being said, it is important to know the state of your physical health so that you can quickly begin to make the changes necessary for you to get your health back.  During the diagnosis process you will become acquainted with a number or routine and non routine tests & exams.  In the meantime, focus on the good you can do for body.

Usually, antitbiotics are the first method of treatment for Crohn’s and Colitis.  An overgrowth of bacteria in the intestine causes discomfort and troublesome symptoms.  Therefore, doctors commonly prescribe an antibiotic in hopes of providing relief.  If this doesn’t work the next step is medication.  The problem with antibiotics for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s is that the antibiotic doesn’t recognize which is the bad bacteria.  Afterwards, you are left with many less bad bacteria, and a wiped out amount of good bacteria. The toll numerous rounds of antibiotics take on the gut results in autoimmune disease many times.

Find the best treatment for you.   There are many treatment options for Crohn’s depending on your lifestyle.  First, learn what options work best with your body and how you can heal effectively.  Whether you are in a stage looking to start by ridding yourself of symptoms or treating the root cause you can find helpful tips and tricks in our treatment page.

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