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Crohn’s Disease

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What did you say? Crohn’s Disease, after all this time, you finally came up with the answer, it’s about time. You might have heard this a lot, with Crohn’s disease sufferers, I’m told. This is very hard to pinpoint sometimes, with all the gastro problems out there.

I’ve known people who have had it, or the doctor said, that was it. Crohn’s can be treated and maybe with hopes cured. What livegreaterhealth.com wants you to know is, what it is, and what can you do about it. We know that it is not contagious and that it is not caused by what you eat. First question…

What is Crohn’s Disease

Crohns Disease is painful recurring inflammatory bowel disease that infects the gastrointestinal tract. Affecting one in 1500 people. Crohn’s can be very deliberating and often misdiagnosed. It’s best to go to a specialist in gastrology. Crohn’s affects the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and coloncrohns disease

I’ve seen people with this and be in so much pain they would be doubling-up holding their stomachs. It would make them feel so bad, but there was nothing they could do about it. I know that we have our hands tied on this, having to wait for a scientist to find a cure.

Crohns Disease can lead to life-threatening conditions. When you feel sick and are having abdominal pain daily, then you need to see your healthcare provider.

I don’t know if there is early detection, it could be disastrous if you keep waiting. So if, you are having a problem, don’t hesitate to see your healthcare provider.

Crohn’s Symptoms

Fatigue – the wear and tear on the body, having to combat the symptoms. Making you weak, from the stress on the body.

Abdominal pain and cramping – tremendous pain, keeping you from doing everyday activities.crohns disease

Weight loss – the reason for this is actually, loss of appetite.

Diarrhea – inflammation of the intestines causes this to happen.

Rectal bleeding – this can also come from inflammation in the intestines depending on where it is at.

Fever – infection is usually the cause of fever in Crohn’s but can be treated with antibiotics.

There are others, but most people would say these are the most common.

Crohn’s Causes

What causes the inflammation or other problems Crohn’s has?

Immune system – wow, this safety feature of our body, being less than optimized, can be a reason. Giving it, an easier crohns diseasepath to our body.

Environment – bacteria and viruses can be a cause, it makes it easier, to get them if the immune system is weak.

Genetically – If other family members have had it, then you are more susceptible to getting it. You have a 10 times greater chance of getting Crohn’s disease if you got a relative that’s got it. The chances get greater if a sibling has it.

Climate – may play a role in it also, in the fact that, it is more common in the northern climates, opposed to southern.

Diagnoses

How do doctors know if you have Chron’s disease? There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, usually after they have checked you for other sicknesses first. Then they will diagnose you with Crohn’s disease.

Colonoscopy – detailed information of the large intestine. Once you drink liquid to clean your colon out and fast for 12 crohns diseasehours. They use a scope inside your colon to check the colon from one end to the other, see if there are any abnormalities.

CT scans – special detailed X-rays of the abdomen and pelvis. Show images regular X-rays don’t see.

MRI – scanners use strong magnetic fields, radio waves, and field gradients to generate images of the organs in the body.

Barium X-rays – finds problems in the small intestine. Before the test is done, barium powder is mixed with water, a few minutes before the x-ray. Barium coats the inside of the esophagus, stomach, large and small intestine. Barium is an X-ray absorber and appears white on the x-ray.

Blood Test – is done to check for anemia or blood loss, which is common in chron’s disease.

Treatment Options

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Anti-inflammatory drugs – the first step usually taken to combat IBS. Corticosteroids such as prednisone and budesonide. This help reduces inflammation in the body.

Antibiotics – help reduce harmful intestinal bacteria that leads to inflammation.

Immune System Suppressors – help reduce inflammation also, but they target the immune system instead.

Surgery – if the above treatments fail, then surgery may be your best solution. Where the doctor removes the damaged part of the colon.

Herbs and SupplementTreatment

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Instead of using prescription medicine to treat Crohn’s some people are turning to an alternative way.

Tumeric – anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing abscesses in the intestines.

Cayenne pepper – it has a source of capsaicin which helps heal the body tissue internally and externally.

Cat’s Claw – it has sedative properties that help relieve pain and anti-inflammatory properties that helps in swelling.

Valerian – has sedative properties that reduce spasms in the intestinal muscles and intestinal gas production.

Garlic – antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties are natural healing stimuli.

Marshmallow Root – an emollient that helps soothe irritated mucous membranes, along relieving digestive and urinary tract complications.

B-12 – Is good vitamin to take, the benefits of it are that it helps make new red blood cells and protects the nerve cells.

Vitamin-D – this deficiency can cause inflammation, by adding vitamin-D people with chron’s may reduce symptoms and strengthen the immune system.

 

Lifestyle changes

This is things you can do to ease and reduce systems of Crohn’s Disease.

Smoking – In the event that you smoke, you should quit, for the reason, it can cause you to develop Crohn’s disease. If you already have it, it can make it worse.

Alcohol – avoid this all together it will worsen the effects of Crohn’s. If you must, then reduce the intake of it.

Stress – could be one of the worse things that can cause, or worsen the effects of Crohn’s. Stress plays a big role in our health in every angle. The less stress the healthier the body is. Avoid stress any way you can.

Other things that can help

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Crohn’s diet

Diet – adjustments in your diet can play a major role in helping control Crohn’s, it’s best to ask a dietician or doctor. High fiber and fruits work well to fight against this disease.

Exercise – will help out also, keeping our body in shape strong and healthy, will help combat the symptoms. So always make it a part of your day.

Sleep – get plenty of sleep, this helps your body heal itself.

Purpose Healing Crohn’s

Crohn’s is something any of us might get, we don’t know the future. So we have to be conscious of our health and the environment we live in. livegreaterhealth wants you to be aware of your health, and be able to do something for it in a time of need. The articles that are written on this website is for your benefit only, for informational purposes for every bodies well-being.

Conclusion

Another article from livegreaterhealth.com that is at its end for now. This needs to be spread like all the others as well, to be of help to the world in general.

These health topics are designed to inform and help the people that may have or know someone that may have a sickness or disease. We want you to tell us what you need or want to know about by leaving us a comment below.

 

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Fred Rexroat

20 Comments

  1. I’ve just had a close friend find out they have Crohns and I have another who has lived with it for years.
    It is manageable but can make you awfullly sick when out of control. Thanks for the in depth post that cleared up all my questions.

    • Thank you for the comment, But if you know you starting to have problems. Get to the doctor and find out, it might be prevented. I appreciate you reading this article, if you have any questions leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you.

  2. I have heard of Crohns disease before but did not know exactly what it caused. This is a nasty disease much like cancer seeing that the only thing you can do is cut it out of the body. Just like cancer, there is no known cure. Thanks for spreading the information on this.

    • Thank you for your comment, yes there is no cure for crohns disease, but there is ways to treat it, if it don’t go to far. If there is any information on a topic that you would like to know more about. Leave me a message below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

  3. Thank you for an overview of Crohns disease. I had heard of it before and knew it was to do with the bowel but not a lot about it. I have a much better understanding now. It sounds like a horrible disease to have.

    • Thanks for the comment, crohns is very serious and sometimes goes undetected for to long, there is no cure, but are ways to treat. If you need more information on something that I might of left out or want or want to know more about. Leave me a message below and I will get back to you.

  4. This sounds really terrible. You outlined it well so I can truly understand it. (I’m so grateful for my health!)
    It’s good you included natural treatments. I know many people would want to try those.

    • Thank you Dianne for the comment, this is a terrible disease. I’ve seen people who have had it and they really suffer. So it’s our best to try and catch the early symptoms with regular checkups.

  5. I have a friend whose 11 year old son has Crohns and they have had a lot of trouble controling it. Schools are not “educated” in how to treat children with a chronic condition so that does not help. The dietary restrictions are much harder with a child whose friends are eating all the things he cant. Happily now CBD oil from hemp is legal in all 50 states and she says its the single biggest thing that has helped her son. I didnt know that CBD could be used for Crohns until she told me about it. Apparently a lot of new research is coming out in this area.

    • Thanks for the comment Doug, Many things keep changing in the medical field some they will tell us about and some they won’t. We just have to wait and see what they come up with. Hopefully they will come up with a cure for most diseases, but I’m doubting we are going to know about it.

  6. Hi Fred, this is a difficult topic to think about. It is unfortunate to think that this can hit anyone. Another good reason to maintain your health for sure. I really like cayenne pepper and garlic – I had no idea that cayenne pepper is actually good for you to this degree, in another recent article I read that it helps to clear up the lungs as well. Thanks for sharing this information.

    • Thanks for the comment. I know that some of these spices that are good for us can be sometimes hard to eat. Using small sprinkles in our meals can give a better flavor. A few sprinkles in chili would be a great way to put it in our diet without too much worry. You can add it different ways be adventurous with it.

  7. Hello Fred, great article. So appreciative of your thoroughness. Was so happy to see the listings of all the herbs that are so helpful. And even with people that have IBS i am sure these same herbs would be helpful.
    YOu handled this topic with so much assurance of how it can be managed even thought living with it, is indeed so difficult.
    in peace and gratitude, ariel

    • Thanks for the comment Ariel it takes a lot of time to write these post but I always heard if you are going to do something do it right. Did you know there are other ways that the body can heal itself I will elaborate on that more later. We have to take care of our bodies. keep reading my posts or sign up on the newsletter not to miss it. I appreciate you taking the time to read.

  8. Crohn’s disease is very serious. Daughter of my friend had Crohn’s disease, therapies and medications did not help. She was 18 years old, went to college and had a lot of stress. She went to surgery and today she lives a normal life. I think the doctors are discovered that illness in the early phase. After that, she has given birth a baby boy.
    So this is a nice story that gives hope for healing.
    Thank you for sharing this valuable information.

    • Thank you, Maja for the comment. I’m glad that your friend is doing better. My family member had this and it would cause him so much pain. Come to find out he was misdiagnosed and he had cancer it finally took his life. We all need to keep regular appointments with the doctor but we never know if their diagnosis is right.

  9. Hi Fred
    Thank you for your great post
    I didn’t know about this disease but your information have helped me to understand it but can everyone get it?
    Thank you again for your great post.

    • Thanks for the comment, Salomon, nobody knows who will get this disease. Yes, this disease can happen to anyone the information in the post should let you know what you need to know.

  10. Good info Fred. Is Crohn’s considered an auto-immune disorder? Just curious. It seems a lot of folks are mis-diagnosed. I was diagnosed with colitis at 13 and went through a lot of tests but I don’t really think I had the condition. If I did I must have grown out of it. The symptoms went away after a few months and I’ve never had a problem since. I’m 62 now and thankfully healthy for my age. I’m trying to keep up with health trends. Thanks again for the info.

    • Thank you For the comment, Joel I’m glad you asked Crohn’s Disease is considered an auto-immune disease. Crohn’s is a disease of the immune system and many people get misdiagnosed. All test should be done for this disease to make sure it is what it is and kept monitored on a daily basis.

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