Crohn’s Disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, and fatigue. Some people may be symptom-free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away.
Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease Are
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Blood in your stool
- Mouth sores
- Reduced appetite and weight loss
- Pain or drainage near or around the anus due to inflammation from a tunnel into the skin (fistula)
Other Signs and Symptoms
People with severe Crohn’s disease also may experience:
- Inflammation of skin, eyes, and joints
- Inflammation of the liver or bile ducts
- Delayed growth or sexual development, in children
Cause of Crohn’s Disease
Causes for Crohn’s could be from a virus or bacteria that triggers the immune system to genetics.
- Blood test - looking at anemia in the blood
- Fecal test - used to see if there is any hidden blood.
- MRI - to show detailed pictures of the colon to see if there is Crohn’s Disease
- CT scan - this test looks at the entire bowel to see if Crohn’s is present
- Colonoscopy - the doctor can view the colon and see if there is general inflammation or Crohn’s.
Treatment for Crohn’s Include
- NSAIDs are used to bring the inflammation down in mild or moderate Crohn’s disease
- Corticosteroids are used for moderate to severe Crohn’s disease
- Biologics like Humira and Remicade are used for severe Crohn’s disease
- Antibiotics can be used if there is too much foreign bacteria causing Crohn’s like symptoms
- Surgery this is last resort for those with severe Crohn’s disease
- Medical Marijuana has shown to decrease the inflammation of Crohn’s disease and help with nausea and anxiety that may come with it.
- Getting rid of gluten, dairy, sugar, white flour, white rice, artificial sweeteners, high fat, fiber, and processed foods.
- Try to reduce stress with meditation, therapy, yoga, lite exercise, getting proper sleep
- May also need to look at adrenal fatigue as well. This can cause more pain with Crohn’s disease.
- Omega 3’s are a good anti-inflammatory for the colon.
- Slippery elm coats the intestines and is anti-inflammatory
- Glutamine is used to restore gut lining
- Curcumin is anti-inflammatory that can help
Stem cell injections are currently being researched for Crohn’s disease, and the results are looking great.
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