Crohn's disease is a medical condition which causes swelling of the lining of the digestive tract. When this occurs, it can cause aggravation and discomfort in the stomach region. Serious diarrhea, extreme fatigue, rapid weight loss, and malnutrition often affect those suffering from Crohn’s disease. Since people are so different, they will frequently experience symptoms in different ways and different areas of their digestive tract. Crohn's disease can also affect different spots of the intestines more than others. The inflammation can also move higher up the tract, causing more areas to become inflamed. Crohn's disease can be very painful, even debilitating. When complications arise, it can even be life-threatening. While Crohn's disease is not curable at this time, there are several treatments available at the practice which can help to reduce symptoms and make it much more manageable.
Symptoms of the disease can vary from person to person, and some people may be affected more than others. Symptoms can usually include:
More serious cases of Crohn’s disease can cause symptoms which include:
Several tests might be required in order to diagnose Crohn’s disease and exclude any other potential causes. The doctor will usually use blood tests or a colonoscopy to get a diagnosis. If Crohn’s disease is found, medications can make symptoms less severe. Anti-inflammatory medications can help to not only reduce symptoms but also provide long-term remission from the disease. Anti-inflammatory drugs can include oral 5-aminosalicylates or corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are used during the first three to four months in order to improve symptoms and to encourage remission. Contact the office to meet with the doctor to go over all your options and ensure that you are using the best treatments available.
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