Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment

There are many treatment options for Crohn’s Disease.  They include: medication (steroids, anti-inflammatories, etc.), natural alternatives, diet and surgery.

The best treatment for IBD is the one that works best with your body.  After a diagnosis or flare many people with Crohn’s are left feeling hopeless and usually without a concise treatment plan.  Set a goal and incorporate anything that will help you get there as part of your treatment.  Small changes in diet and lifestyle can also help.  If you are not following a minimally processed and real food based diet you will likely notice that eliminating conventional foods completely will help you feel a bit better almost immediately.  Other times medication and surgery are part of what seems like everyday life.  We hope you are able to establish a goal and game plan to achieve remission.  Read below for treatment options for Crohn’s Disease.

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Medication for Crohn’s Disease

Are you considering medication for Crohn’s?  Here are the common medications used to treat Crohn’s.  These medications treat symptoms and pain.  However, there is no pharmaceutical medication that cures Crohn’s Disease.  Usually, antibiotics are the first and most common medication for Crohn’s disease.  Also, there are common medications to suppress the immune system so that it does not respond by attacking the body.  This can lead to dependance on antibiotics as it leaves you vulnerable to quickly becoming ill with common viruses.  Some people find great relief with medication while others have a bad experience.  If you have been on or are on medication please share your experience with us in the forum.  This is one of the biggest questions people have and will only trust answers straight from the source of somebody that has experience with it!

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Doctors believe an imbalance of bacteria in the gut causes worsened symptoms.  Therefore, antibiotics are meant to decrease the bacteria that has weakened the intestinal wall tissue.  Antibiotics are taken alone or with other medications many times.

Steroids (corticosteroids) are prescribed as Inflammatory Bowel Disease treatment for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.  Prednisone is the most commonly administered steroid for inflammation.  Some patients find relief, while others prefer to stay away because of the long term side effects.  “Moon face” is the most common side effect of Prednisone.  The face takes on a very round and plump face.  Other side effects of steroids include: weight gain, infection, headache, restlessness, and vision problems.  Vision problems include cataracts, glaucoma, and blurred vision.  In most cases, nausea, vomiting, and weight gain with fatigue and dizziness are the most popular side effects.
Immunomodulators, are immune modifiers that suppress the body’s natural reactions.  These can be administered orally or through the rectum.  They suppress the immune system preventing it from triggering inflammatory responses.  The problem with immune modifiers is the list of side effects.  These include fatigue, bone pain, appetite loss, chills, headache and more.
Aminosalicylates are also one of the first treatment options for ulcerative colitis.  These anti-inflammatories include sulfasalazine and oral formulations of mesalamine.  They are often referred as 5 ASA.  Oral aminosalicylates are used to treat mild to moderate extensive disease (pancolitis).   When inserted through enema or suppository the disease must exist in the lower intestine.
Biologics, anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents are newest class of drugs used for people with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis.  They are administered via infusion or injection.   Humira, Remicade, Cimzia, Simponi, and Inflectra are biologics used when others methods fail.  The CCFA states the side effects of biologics include increased risk of cancer, infection, arthritis, liver disease, and heart failure.
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Over The Counter Crohn’s Disease Medication

Taking OTC medications for  Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, and even IBS is a quick fix for most people.  Usually pain relievers, laxatives or antidiarrheals are the most purchased items for self medicating and treating.  OTC medication covers a large spectrum of medicines used by patients.  You might have taken painkillers such as Tylenol and Aleve.  These along with peptobismol, and other diarrhea & nausea suppressants are commonly purchased for emergencies or events.  OTC medicine is not a treatment option and should not be used for long term management.

Surgery for Crohn’s

Surgery for Crohn’s Disease is not an immediate treatment option or quick fix.  These surgeries involve anything from removing part of your intestine, to removing your colon and/or rectum.  Also, the surgery depends on what your complication of Crohn’s is.  For example, an abscess, obstruction, or perforated colon are qualifying complications that may require surgery.  According, to the CCFA up to 75% of people with Crohn’s disease will require surgery.

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Natural Treatment for Crohn’s Disease

Treating Crohn’s naturally is a very broad description that can mean almost anything.  It can mean doing something specific, eating a special diet, or taking herbs and natural remedies.

Natural treatment for Crohn’s Disease  is something people often try after going the conventional route.  Success stories from patients who were bed ridden spark an interest in those tired of  unsuccessful history with their medication.  Now, this isn’t the case for everybody.  Sometimes people following natural treatment will go on medication for periods when they feel they need the reinforcement.  The most important tool is being committed to your health and self care.  With the Crohn’s Disease Diet you can see symptoms subside within days. People have been able to cure Crohn’s Disease.

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Crohn’s Diet

IBD certified diets incorporate special diets such as gluten free, ketogenic, SCD, GAPS and others into a consolidated easy to follow style.  When you change the way you eat you will begin to have many more questions about what you put in your body.  If you have ever heard the phrase “If you’re not eating right, you’re not thinking right” then you can agree that food changes everything.  Sometimes a large breakthrough in health is waiting in small changes or maybe very difficult ones such as letting go of grains, soy, and if necessary dairy.

  • Probiotics
  • Fermented Foods
  • Animal Based Fats
  • Fiber
  • Sealing a Leaky Gut
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Medical marijuana programs include Crohn’s disease because it is a chronic illness without a known cure.  It is ingested for pain through inhalation, CBD lotions, rubs, and tonics.  More recently, it has been concluded that Rick Simpson oil is the strongest medication for Crohn’s disease.  In fact, these people claim to achieve remission and cure Crohn’s.  Full extract cannabis oil is not allowed in every state within the United States and in some places internationally.

Treatment options for Crohn’s Disease

As we know the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease are both extra-intestinal and digestive issues.  For instance, mucuous in stool and abdominal pain, while, on the other hand joint pain and fatigue.  Therefore, treatment for Crohn’s may be directed at all symptoms at once, or one at a time.