What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease is an unpredictable inflammatory disease targeting the digestive tract. It is a chronic and often life-altering disease affecting 1 to 1.3 million people all over the U.S. according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease causes irritation and swelling of the digestive tract, and usually targets the end of the small intestine and the beginning of the big one.
Crohn’s disease can sometimes causes life-threatening complications. Getting a medical diagnosis as soon as possible is critical to successfully managing this like long disease.
1Is There a Cure? What Causes Crohn’s Disease?
There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, and it’s not clear what causes it, but genes play an important role. About 5-20% of people suffering from Crohn’s have had a family member with this problem. There are treatments that help those who suffer from the disease to ease the pain and help manage the symptoms. Crohn’s treatment includes lifestyle changes (which we will discuss) such as a healthy diet and exercise in combination with anti-inflammatory medicines and antidiarrhetics.
Defining Your Crohn’s Disease
Diagnosing the disease is not possible with just one test. Crohn’s disease manifests through a number of symptoms, and many of the symptoms can be a sign of other diseases as well. Because of this, there are a combination of tests and exams you need to do in order to confirm you suffer from Crohn’s disease.
What you can do is make sure you recognize all the symptoms you have and determine which of them might be related to Crohn’s Disease and which might relate to other potential health issues. The final step is to determine what and where is the affected part of the digestive tract. Either once you’ve done this or before, you can visit your doctor and do the tests to confirm your speculations so you can start treating the disease quickly.