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Crohn's Disease: What is it?

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The name is about as pleasant as the symptoms:  Crohn's Disease. Though it is a fairly rare condition, seeing less than 200,000 conditions in the United States each year, it's still an unpleasant, uncomfortable, and, at times, plain unbearable condition. But what exactly is Crohn's Disease? What are the symptoms? Is it curable, or even treatable? Most importantly, do you actually have it?

What Is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn's Disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, which normally will affect the lining found inside of the digestive tract. This inflammation causes a slew of unpleasant symptoms, including pain, diarrhea, and weight loss.

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If left unchecked and untreated, there is even the risk that you could die from this particular disease. However, it generally presents more of along the lines of a painful, uncomfortable problem than a potentially deadly one.

What are the Symptoms of Crohn's Disease?

Because the parts of the body affected by this problem are inside of the digestive tract, that's where most of the symptoms are going to originate, as well.

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So all symptoms will point to the digestive system as the main problem. These include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Pain
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue

Though you shouldn't count on symptoms showing up; some people who suffer from Crohn's Disease never feel the damage that the condition is doing to their bodies.

How to Get Diagnosed

There is only one way to get diagnosed with this problem: You have to see a doctor.

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Only a medical professional can determine whether or not you fit the bill for someone with Crohn's disease. There are tests that they can perform to determine whether or not it is something other than Crohn's, but diagnosing this problem tends to be a process of elimination.

Is There a Cure?

Unfortunately, at this time, there is no known cure for Crohn's disease.

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Though science is taking leaps and bounds in order to combat this illness, nothing has ever been shown to completely eradicate it from a person's life and body. However, that doesn't mean that all is lost! There are still treatments, in the form of medication and lifestyle changes.

Medication

If you are diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, you should expect to be put on a medication regimen to help slow the disease. You will likely be given immunosuppressants, to stop your body from attacking itself. You will also likely receive anti-inflammatory medications, to stop the inflammation of lining of the digestive tract. If push comes to shove, surgery may become necessary to stop the damage.

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Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes are perhaps the easiest yet most important thing that you can do yourself to slow the damage that Crohn's Disease does. One of the best ways to ease the symptoms that you likely experience because of this illness is to make sure that you're consuming plenty of dietary fiber in your meals. Likewise, you should avoid any foods that are known to trigger pain, damage, or other symptoms.

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Crohn's Disease is far from pleasant. It can be uncomfortable to talk about, let alone live with on a daily basis. However, if you want to live a normal life with this problem, it is certainly within your reach. You, along with your doctor, can make it happen!

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