Condition: Crohns Disease (Crohns)

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About Crohns Disease (Crohns)

Crohn's disease is one type of inflammatory bowel disease that most often strikes the intestines, but may impact any area of the digestive tract. No one knows what causes Crohn's disease, but it's thought to occur as a result of an immune system response. Crohn's disease is characterized by chronic inflammation that results in abdominal pain and cramping, chronic diarrhea, pain in the joints, and inflammation in other areas of the body. Crohn's disease may cause significant weight loss and loss of appetite. Treatments for Crohn's disease can help manage symptoms, and may include anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics, and drugs to suppress the immune system, though some people need surgery. Stress management and a healthy diet may also help to manage Crohn's disease symptoms.
Though Crohn's Disease causes inflammation like Ulcerative Colitis (UC), Crohn's Disease can cause inflammation at locations throughout the entire intestinal tract, including the small intestine and espohogus, while Ulcerative Colitis (UC) affects only the large intestine. Additionally, Crohn's (Crohns) Disease can affect the entire thickness of the intestinal wall, while Ulcerative Colitis (UC) affects only the innermost lining of the large intestinal wall. Because both conditions affect the intestinal tract, and cause similar symptoms, they are classified as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). While the exact cause of Crohn's Disease is unknown, it is thought to be an autoimmune disorder triggered by genetics or microbes such as e-coli or campylobacter. Studies have shown that siblings have a 30% higher chance of being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Symptoms include: diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloody stool, nausea, vomiting, weight loss and fatigue. Other symptoms, such as joint pain and swelling and sores in the mouth and anus may also be present. Treatment varies depending on the location and severity of the inflammation, but includes medication, diet, and lifestyle changes. While there is no cure, with proper treatment, individuals with Crohn's Disease may enter periods of remission during which the disease's symptoms are not active.
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Excruciating pain makes feel sick very ill sweats etc 3/15/2015 at 04:08 PM
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Have had ober 22 operations for Crohns and recently a bowel transplant. prior to transplant they were really only effective for a short period.7/24/2012 at 06:28 AM
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Seemed to be given this as a last resort so consequently it didn't have the effect that it was supposed to. I am though aware of many patients who successfully use this drug7/24/2012 at 06:27 AM
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Only had very small time on this so am not the best person to judge7/24/2012 at 06:26 AM
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Not particularly effective for me but I am aware that it really does help some7/24/2012 at 06:26 AM
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It didnt help my Crohns flare, going on Humira.9/8/2010
Drug was a lifesaver. Started taking it in June of 08 after six monts of misery and hospitalizations. Lialda almost did me in. The doctor then put me on Asacol and prednisone. Went off the steroid after 4mos. Take 4 asacol 3xs per day. No flare ups and eat wharever I want9/8/2010
This stuff is worse than drinking battery acid. Good doctors use it only as a last resort because it is so terrible.9/7/2008
This stuff is worse than drinking battery acid. Good doctors use it only as a last resort because it is so terrible.9/7/2008
This is the best thing I have been on so far. Have taken just about every pain med out there. Was on Avinzia (time released morphine) before this and it was like taking baby aspiran. Have Crohns / Degenerative Disc Disease / 4 Herniated Discs / Osteoperosis and Im only 45. This has made life much easier than taken a dozen pills a day. With the Avinzia I was still taking 3 Percocet a day with it. Now I only take maybe 1 5/500 Vicoden a day, usually in the evening after work to give me a boost. Some days I dont take any. Now using 75 mcg patch. Started on 25mcg for a week and it did nothing. Then 50mcg for a month and now on 75mcg for the past 2 months. Only problem is it starts to weart off sometimes after 2 1/2 days and that starts the withdrawal symptoms. Restless legs and arms and chills. Take zanaflex and vicodene to help. Sometimes change the patch 8 hrs early. Have been trying to time it out by changing the patch every 66hrs. That way I only run out 1 day ahead o9/5/2007

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