The symptoms of Crohns disease occurs in the ileum, which is the lower part of the small intestine. These problems can also lead to ulcers, blockages from scar tissue, and more severe complications. While the symptoms may go into remission, the disease has no cure.
Symptoms usually appear suddenly and do not disappear unless they’re treated. While treatment can send the disease into remission, symptoms can reappear, especially if you stop your treatment. To stay healthy, you should continue traditional medicine and alternative treatments.
Patients generally experience some of the following symptoms:
* Abdominal pain, usually on the lower right side.
* Diarrhea. It may contain blood, pus or mucous.
* Fever. This could be low and sustained, or high and peak during worse flair-ups.
* Other symptoms such as: dry, itchy eyes, skin lesions or rashes, weight loss, lack of appetite, or joint pain.
You doctor will probably prescribe one or more medications, depending on your symptoms and how you respond to treatment.
It is important that you take your medicines according to the doctor’s orders. Even if you have no symptoms, the medicines prescribed may reduce your chances of a recurrence.
Your doctor might prescribe: steroids, anti-inflammatory, immune suppressants, antibiotics, and a drug called Infliximab which alleviates inflammation.
While these drug treatments should help to decrease your symptoms, it is likely that you will have to have surgery sometime during your treatment. While surgery may just involve draining an abscess, it could also be more serious. Many people with Crohn’s need to have blockages or diseased portions of their intestines removed.
In addition to the medicines your doctor prescribes, you should also make dietary changes to help with treatment. Since the problem is in the digestive tract, keeping it healthy and functioning is important for staying symptom free.
Reduce your consumption of dairy, fat, fiber, and any other food that may increase symptoms. Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
While the exact cause of Crohn’s is unknown, studies have shown that stress can trigger flare-ups and worsen symptoms of the disease.
In addition to other therapies and treatments, you should participate in activities that relieve stress such as yoga to massage therapy.
While Crohns disease cannot be cured, it can be managed. You just have to invest some time and effort into getting yourself better and staying that way.