Crohn’s Disease – Tell Me What Is Wrong With My Body!
Posted Mar 29 2010 8:30pm
by Tammy Foster
Attacking the digestive system, Crohn’s disease will absolutely get your attention. This inflammatory gastrointestinal disease can bring an unexplained weight loss along with a very painful belly. For some with severe disease, this condition can be one that grab a hold of your daily life and leave you wondering what alien took over your body!
No, we currently do not understand the true underlying reason for this wicked disease, but we do have a few hints in that some studies indicate that perhaps genetics are involved while other studies seem to hint at a connection between diet and life style. Other studies seem to point to problems with the immune system. Regardless of the real reason, the bigger issue is that this medical condition is one that can cause you chronic issues for years and years to come.
One of the big problems with Crohn’s disease, is that ulcers can form on the lining of the digestive tract and then the trouble really begins. These ulcers can actually be the onset of the real trouble of Crohn’s. Another characteristic of this condition that can make it tough to diagnose and manage is that it can affect any part of the gastrointestional tract. It doesn’t just attack one area of the GI tract.
Another challenge is that this disease can actually go into remission leaving patients with a snapshot of what life without this disease looks like. That can be rather challenging since every relapse reminds patients of the beast they are truly fighting. But make no mistake, a remission does not indicate a cure. You should not ignore your treatment plan and stop taking your medications. There is always an opportunity for this wicked disease to rear its ugly head again and again, so pay attention to your body and do what you need to do to be healthy.
These ulcers that develop in the digestive tract cause swelling and a subsequent narrowing of the intestinal wall, and as such, will impact the body’s ability to digest food properly. This will result in the inability to pass stools efficiently and ultimately lead to the most common visual symptom of Crohn’s disease; that being the presence of blood in the stool. Aside from the obvious red flag, blood in the stool is also an indication that the body is losing valuable vitamins and minerals as a result.
The severity of Crohn’s disease can vary wildly. Some patients experience rather mild symptoms while others are quite severe with symptoms that can be nearly debilitating. It is quite important to let your physician know about all the symptoms you are experiencing.
History and research has shown that diet can certainly play a role in effectively controlling and treating Crohn’s disease and is quite often the first line of defense that you will discuss with your doctor.
Living with Crohn’s disease can be a very challenging matter, but by working closely with your doctor you have the best opportunity for a healthier life. This condition requires your attention and your decision to do your part to actively manage it. Crohn’s disease is a challenging condition but with a strong partnership with your physician you can learn to work with your body for the best possible outcome.