Living with Crohn's
Crohn's Disease is a chronic condition of the gastrointestinal tract where inflammation occurs and causes diarrhea and cramping with abdominal pain. Symptoms can be mild or more severe, depending on the individual, and can also be accompanied by fever, feelings of fatigue, rectal bleeding and a decrease in appetite. There may be occurrences where Crohn's Disease flares up for a period of time and then goes into remission.
It is not known exactly what causes Crohn's Disease, but it may be inherited and may also be due to problems with the immune system. If there is someone in the family with Crohn's Disease, it is not unlikely to find other family members who are also afflicted with this disorder.
If you are diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, you need to follow your doctor's orders about medication. Since there is no cure for this disease, the best way to live with it is to do those things that will help to keep your symptoms under control. Your doctor may have to try several medications before the right drug and dosage is found. But for the medication to be effective, you need to take it as directed by your physician so that you will receive the most benefit from it.
There are also ways that you can help yourself. You should make an effort to learn more about your medical condition, since this is a disease you will have to live with. You may want to compile reading material on Crohn's Disease and educate yourself about the condition. The more you know about it, the better you will be able to deal with it.
There are also forums on the Internet that are comprised of other individuals who are suffering with this and similar ailments. You may be able to glean some very valuable information from others who are going through the same type of situation and have found treatment options that might of assistance to you. Forums are also a good way to get support from fellow sufferers.
You will want to be certain of getting the proper nutrition in your diet, as healthy food will help your condition. If you find that certain foods seem to trigger your symptoms, you do not need to be told that these foods should definitely be avoided. If you are unsure of just what to eat for your condition, you might want to talk to a nutritionist who can advise you on the best foods for your general health that will not add to your Crohn's Disease symptoms. Vitamin supplements would also be helpful to ensure that you do not lose valuable nutrients with chronic diarrhea.
Exercise is beneficial for everyone, and you should try to get approximately 30 minutes of beneficial exercise a day for at least five days out of the week. If you take proper care of yourself and limit the stress in your life, you will help your overall health, which will in turn help you to live with Crohn's Disease.