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Inflammatory bowel disease - Crohn's disease; Regional enteritis; Ileitis; Granulomatous ileocolitis; IBD- Crohn's disease
Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It usually affects the intestines, but may occur anywhere from the mouth to the end of the rectum (anus).
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Symptoms depend on what part of the gastrointestinal tract is affected. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can come and go with periods of flare-ups.
The Main Symptoms of Crohn's Disease are:
Other Symptoms May Include:
The Medical Perspective
The exact cause of Crohn's disease is unknown from a Medical Perspective. It is currently considered an autoimmune disorder. An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when your body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue.
People with Crohn's disease have ongoing (chronic) inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). Crohn's disease may involve the small intestine, the large intestine, the rectum, or the mouth. The inflammation causes the intestinal wall to become thick. There are different types of Crohn's disease. The type depends on what part of your body is affected.
The following seem to play a role in Crohn's disease:
Crohn's disease may occur at any age. It usually occurs in people between ages 15 - 35.
You are more likely to get this disease if you:
DIET AND NUTRITION
You should eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. It is important to get enough calories, protein, and essential nutrients from a variety of food groups.
Taking a Probiotic supplement with every meal is recommended to maintain normal flora in your system and to help prevent Crohn’s symptoms from occurring. No specific diet has been shown to make Crohn's symptoms better or worse. Specific food problems may vary from person to person.
However, certain types of foods can make diarrhea and gas worse.
To help ease symptoms, try:
Ask your doctor about extra vitamins and minerals you may need:
Medical Treatment: Consider this Second!
You can take medication to treat very bad diarrhea. Loperamide (Imodium) can be bought without a prescription and is often used to treat digestive problems. As with all medication, being aware of side-effects and or complications is vital. Always talk to your doctor or nurse before starting any medication for Crohn's Disease.
Other medicines to help with symptoms include:
Medicines that may be prescribed include:
The most common Complications of Crohn’s Disease are:
SURGERY: Use this as a Last Resort!
If medicines do not work, a type of surgery called bowel resection may be needed to remove a damaged or diseased part of the intestine or to drain an abscess. However, removing the diseased portion of the intestine does not cure the condition.
Patients who have Crohn's disease that does not respond to medications may need surgery, especially when there are complications such as:
Before you consider surgery please read Medicines Two Choices .
Surgery is a permanent choice and should not be undertaken lightly to treat a symptom without first attempting to address the underlying cause.
There is NO CURE for Crohn's disease from a Medical Perspective. The condition is marked by periods of improvement followed by flare-ups of symptoms.
It is very important to stay on medications long-term to try to keep the disease symptoms from returning. If you stop or change your medications for any reason, let your doctor know right away.
If you’d like to avoid this form of care, there are natural and true solutions versus the on-going, life-time care recommended by your Medical Doctor. Continue reading by clicking on the next tab, Dr. Huntoon's Alternative Medical Treatment Options.
Conservative Treatment: Consider this First!
Having this condition is not fun at all. Being motivated to look for non-conventional forms of treatment is warranted. Working with a Holistic Chiropractor can offer benefits, as using a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to address all the causes and imbalances within the person is important and necessary. This has demonstrated positive true resolution to the condition when sticking to a specific treatment plan.
Dr. Huntoon has quite a successful track record with his Practice Members.
He treats everyone as an individual and has found that associated as an underlying cause is a parasite located to the gallbladder. When that is properly addressed, the person no longer has any signs or symptoms of this challenging condition. Consider this when choosing the type of care you desire.
Others have benefited by using Acupuncture, Homeopathy or Naturopathy when following the treatment guidelines set up by your practitioner and you.
You may feel worried, embarrassed, or even sad and depressed about having a bowel accident. Other stressful events in your life, such as moving, a job loss, or the loss of a loved one can cause digestive problems. Using a very beneficial technique called Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) with a trained practitioner will help you eliminate the negative effects of stress and restore balance to your digestive system.
Ask your doctor for tips on how to manage your stress.
Signs and tests
A physical examination may reveal an abdominal mass or tenderness, skin rash, swollen joints, or mouth ulcers.
Tests to diagnose Crohn's disease include:
This disease may also alter the results of the following tests:
Call for an appointment with your healthcare provider if:
As there is NO CURE for Crohn’s Disease from the Medical Perspective, as treatment is focused on minimizing the symptoms.
A personalized treatment plan guided by a Holistic Chiropractor who can remedy the condition is best. At a minimum, it can help you to manage the flare ups when they happen, and lengthen the time between attacks until the condition is fully resolved.
Dr. Huntoon has eliminatd Chron's Disease for everyone who has asked for his help.
A healthy diet, with plenty of fluids is the best first step to living with Crohn’s Disease.
Consulting with Dr. Huntoon or your Holistic Chiropractor is the Best first step at resolving this condition.
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America offers support groups throughout the United States. See http://www.ccfa.org/chapters/
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