What Does It Mean to Have Crohn’s Disease?

Benjamin King, a Disney channel star, called Crohn’s disease as a “hidden condition.” He describes it as “…like a broken arm that people can see the cast…but it is a condition that affects your digestive system.” He also added that “They don’t even realize the struggles that a patient has unless they come out and say something about it.” His statement only suggests Crohn’s disease as something not visible outside the body that can be seen by the naked eye.

Many individuals have suffered from it in silence. This may be because they don’t want to give more burden to their loved ones. However, because of this, diagnosis is not properly administered. Hence, it’d sure help if they finally got the courage to tell a doctor about their condition so that they can start with a treatment plan.

You see, understanding what your condition really is the best way to start living; despite being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. For all you know, it might be the healthiest decision that you can make. Don’t keep the pain inside you that can be caused by chronic inflammation. Instead, tell your doctor everything you feel that concerns your condition.

Understanding What It Means to Have Crohn’s Disease

The name Crohn’s comes from Burrill Crohn, the very first American gastroenterologist who described it in 1932. It is one of the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) that affects the small and large intestines or the entire digestive system. It is primarily characterized by chronic inflammation. Hence, in some cases, it also affects the eyes, skin, and joints. Having it means that you experience chronic symptoms frequently.

Crohn’s disease is commonly diagnosed among teens, but it can also come at any point in one’s life. While it’s usually recurrent and severe, it can still cause minimal symptoms which can be managed with or even without medication. Furthermore, having it means that the body’s immune system and gastrointestinal system (bowel) are involved in attacks and damage.

When medical experts have indicated that Crohn’s disease as chronic, they mean that the condition is long-term. It hinders the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients. Also, it affects your ability to digest food as well as gets rid of waste. Besides, it may involve any part of the gut. Although the most commonly affected is the last part of the small intestine which is the ileum.          

As mentioned earlier, inflammation is the main characteristic of this condition. For this reason, you might experience some symptoms such as diarrhea, urgent bowel movement, bleeding rectum, trouble with bowel movement, abdomen pain, belly cramps, tiredness, and weight loss. In addition, this condition may come in any form which can affect you in many ways.

This only shows that it’s Crohn colitis if it involves the large intestine (colon), and it’s  Crohn’s enteritis if it’s your small intestine. Hence, when it’s both of them that are involved, it is called Crohn’s enterocolitis.

A Life After Diagnosis: A Right Perspective Toward Crohn’s Disease

After being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, the next step is to deal with some aspect of the condition including treatment and medication. Thus, it is beneficial for you to stay connected to your family, friends, and trusted healthcare provider. It’s for promoting faster recovery and further understanding of your condition. After all, it will be more motivating to have their support.

Treatment and management of this condition may require an integrated approach. This includes coordination between patients and healthcare providers for effective results. Also, enough knowledge of Crohn’s disease can be a tool to address it from the moment of diagnosis to the administration of appropriate medication.       

The possibility of having flare-ups can be life-interfering. They can make you refuse to socialize, travel or do stuff that you usually enjoy. However, planning it ahead of time can be a big help for you to feel more comfortable and less anxious. Hence, knowing what to expect from this condition can help a lot. Having the right perspective can even give you a proper mindset about medication. Wherein, they could help you improve your health while in treatment.

Proper diagnosis, medication, understanding, and perspective of this condition would be beneficial for faster recovery. After all, many individuals who had been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease were able to continue living. While in medication, they could still keep going to work, school, and enjoy a social life.

Medical experts said that when you are diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, it doesn’t mean that you will now stop from being productive. You can still recover by helping yourself through the support of your loved ones and under your doctor’s supervision.  

All of these serve as just a reminder to you to be true to yourself. Don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed if you are diagnosed with this condition. Seek support from your family, friends, and doctor. If you know a person who had been suffering from it, you can share your situation to him or her so that you may be able to gain more knowledge about the disease. With that, you can deal with it more easily. Educate yourself concerning Crohn’s disease, consult your doctor immediately and get well soon.  

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