There are many types of gastrological diseases out there, but one of the most common is Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is a disease that involves inflammation of all or part of the gastrointestinal tract.
The intestinal tract includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), rectum and anus. What makes Crohn’s disease unique from other inflammatory bowel diseases is that it can affect anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. Because there are so many types of Crohn’s disease and places they can affect, it’s very important to be diagnosed by a trusted professional in the field of gastroenterology.
Living with Crohn’s disease
Crohn’s disease can determine the way you live your life. The disease is incurable, and the diagnosis has many consequences and lasting effects. This means that it is extremely important to get treated as soon as possible if you think you may have the disease. Seek help if you have any of these common symptoms for Crohn’s disease:
- Abdominal pain and tenderness
- Loss of appetite and weight
- Rectal bleeding
- Anal lesions
- Stunted growth in children
- Complications — fistula, perforation, abscess
- UGI symptoms
While it is serious, Crohn’s disease is very treatable, with many medical professionals working every day to improve the life of people with Crohn’s. There are also many things that you can do to improve your symptoms. One such thing is to make sure you are getting enough nutrients in your diet. Crohn’s disease can cause your intestines to absorb far fewer nutrients. This can result in dehydration or malnutrition. A diagnosis by a doctor can tell you what it is that you are lacking and help you balance yourself nutritionally.
On the other hand there are also foods to avoid during Crohn’s breakouts, such as fried food and high-fiber food. Doing anything you can to make it easier on your intestines will go a long way.
The best way to get answers about Crohn’s disease and your symptoms is to go see a trained specialist. At Hunterdon Gastroenterology Associates in New Jersey, there are doctors who can tell you the facts about your gastrological issues. We have locations in both Flemington and Sommerville. Feel free to contact us at 908-483-4000 to set up an appointment.
Get the care you deserve today.