Velocity Care explores the signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease
Researchers estimate there are more than 1.4 million Americans who are currently living with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s. That means nearly 1 out of every 200 people in this country is suffering from the symptoms of this disease. We look at the signs and symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease and explore the treatment options available for those who are living with it so you have a basic understanding of what you need to know about Chron's disease.
What is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease most commonly affecting the small intestine and colon. These areas become inflamed, for reasons that are still unknown, causing severe symptoms to occur. With each outbreak, scar tissue builds up within the walls of the intestines and, over time, this can cause a narrowing of the intestinal walls resulting in a slowing of the digestive and elimination process and possibly even a complete blockage. If left untreated, this disease can be very dangerous.
What are the symptoms of Crohn’s disease?
Bouts of Crohn’s disease can occur followed by periods with no symptoms at all. However, as Crohn’s progresses, symptoms often occur more frequently and become more severe. In its early stages, Crohn’s disease can be difficult to diagnose, as many of its most prevalent symptoms mimic those of the flu or of food poisoning. The most common symptoms include:
- Bloody stool.
- Abdominal cramping.
- Frequent bowel movements.
- Weight loss.
- Loss of appetite.
Although a cure for Crohn’s disease has yet to be found, there are many treatment options and lifestyle changes that can make living with the illness much more manageable. Doctors recommend that patients follow a diet that is high in fiber and low in saturated fats. Also, they suggest drinking plenty of water. Since this disease can affect the intestine’s ability to absorb important vitamins and minerals, it is also recommended that individuals suffering from Crohn’s speak with their doctors about which supplements they should be taking for optimal nutritional health.
There are several medications a physician can prescribe that can help to reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks. These medications can help to ease the inflammation in the intestinal tract. Some of them (called biologics) can even use the body’s own immune system to help treat the disease.
Surgery is sometimes an option as well for more advanced stages of the disease where traditional therapies are no longer working or in cases where areas of the intestines have become blocked due to scar tissue buildup.
At Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center, our experienced physicians are able to provide you with the answers that you need and the care that you deserve. If you suspect that you may be suffering from an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s, visit one of our walk-in clinics today.
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