Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that was first discovered in 1932, and named after, Dr. Burill Crohn. Up to 700,000 Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease, or other form of IBD. Both men and women have an equal chance of being affected by Crohn’s.
It is a painful disease that can be debilitating and lead to life threatening complications. However, with treatment, many patients are able to cope with Crohn’s disease and are able to lead normal lives.
What Is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s is an inflammatory disease that can affect the entire gastrointestinal system, from the mouth to the large intestine and colon. It is an extremely painful disease, causing ulcers and sores in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
It involves chronic inflammation, causing the body’s immune system to attack itself via the GI tract. Often, this constant inflammation can lead to scarring of the bowel wall, called stenosis. There is not a specific time period or “incubation period” for Crohn’s disease. In some patients, the disease can come on suddenly and rapidly. Whereas, in others, this disease can develop gradually, with little to no signs or symptoms.
Once Crohn’s disease is completely active, sufferers may notice a variety of symptoms including diarrhea and abdominal pain. Other signs include rectal bleeding, urgency to empty the bowels, weight loss, fatigue, inappetance, and fever.
The only way to get a complete and accurate diagnosis is through a doctor’s visit and proper testing. It is best to be diagnosed early on, so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. In more severe and later cases, Crohn’s disease can cause fissures in the anus lining, leading to extremely painful bowel movements.
Many individuals confuse Crohn’s disease with Ulcerative Colitis. Even though these illnesses are similar, ulcerative colitis is a different type of IBD. The primary difference is the regions of the gastrointestinal tract that are affected.
Crohn’s disease infects the entire bowel wall, and can affect the entire gastrointestinal system, whereas ulcerative colitis affects only the large intestine, causing large and painful sores in the lining of the colon and large intestine. This leads to discomfort in the lower abdomen, and the need to frequently empty the bowels.
Treatment for Crohn’s disease can be as severe as removing large segments of the large intestine or taking prescription drugs to aid in decreasing inflammation via suppression of the immune system. Diet can also be a large contributor to aiding in the treatment and maintenance of Crohn’s disease.
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