Do you have problems with your stomach? Here's some good information on
Crohn's Disease.

Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory disease that attacks the intestines. It is not known what actually causes this disease. It is thought that certain bacteria may cause people to develop Crohn’s. However a certain gene, N0D2, has been identified as being connected to this disease. People with an abnormality in this gene have shown to be more likely to develop Crohn’s.

Crohn’s and another disease, ulcerative colitis, are closely related and when one has both they are diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. Ulcerative colitis causes the colon to become inflamed. Inflammatory bowel disease affects over 500,000 people in the United States alone.

The immune system exists to fight off various foreign invaders in the body such as virus and bacteria. Tissues are affected by the immune system kicking in. Inflammation will occur in the tissues where the immune system is activated. This is normal. It is how your body fights diseases. In people with IBD [inflammatory bowel disease] the immune system is activated for no known reason causing inflammation and ulcers to form.

Crohn’s Disease will come and go. You will have active periods and inactive periods. Symptoms of the disease are fever, pain and tenderness in the abdominal region, and diarrhea. Vomiting and weight loss are also symptoms. Other symptoms associated with Crohn’s is reddish bumps that are tender to the touch, swelling of the joints, eyes, spine, and liver.

Tests can be conducted, such as barium x-rays or barium enemas. These show inflamed areas and tell your doctor the best treatment option to choose. A more conclusive test your doctor can conduct is a colonoscopy. This test better shows small ulcers that may form on the colon. It is more reliable than barium x-rays.

Another method of looking at the intestines has been developed where the patient actually swallows a capsule containing a camera, which takes pictures, and they are transmitted to a receiver that the patient carries, and then are transferred to a video recorder and viewed on a computer screen.

Treatment of Crohn’s Disease depends on the location of the disease and what it is affecting. There is no cure however medicines can control the symptoms. There is ongoing research to hopefully find a cure for this disease in the near future. Without research on many diseases we would not be able to cure certain ones and control others. Not so many years ago certain cancers were a death sentence for many people. Due to research and hours of tests performed there are more people being cured of cancer.

This disease knows no boundaries. It can attack anyone; your brother, your sister, your wife. The best thing we can do is support them in their time of need. Fund-raisers are great ways to help. They can be a life saver for people who are undergoing this disease. Helping them to have less to worry about while trying to get this disease under control can have positive effects on their treatment. Nationwide fund-raisers can raise money for research that is desperately needed to someday find a cure for this debilitating disease.

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