Living with Chrohn's disease

Welcome to (your) Crohn’s Disease Life! That might seem like an overly enthusiastic greeting for something as serious and difficult as actually having Crohns. Unless you have Crohn’s or have lived in close proximity with someone who does, you can’t possibly know how difficult this disease is to deal with. It is something that affects an individual day-in and day-out in various ways and its effects can be triggered by various unknown factors within the body, many of which are simply the best guesses of researchers and medical professionals. Things such as stress, the diet and types of foods a person eats, and their level of physical activity, may all have implications in the condition of a person living with Crohns. Hopefully you find this information useful in your search for more knowledge about living with crohns disease.

What is Chrohn’s disease?

Layers_of_the_GI_Tract_numbers.svg Crohn’s is one of two chronic diseases placed under the medical umbrella of IBD – Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The other is Ulcerative Colitis, a less severe but still incredibly difficult condition that affects only the large bowel. Every part of the digestive tract can be affected by Crohn’s, from the “mouth to the anus,” as they say. That doesn’t mean that it always affects every portion of the digestive system in all the people who are living with Crohns disease – and in fact it often does not, instead concentrating itself in one or two areas. As opposed to Ulcerative Colitis (UC), which affects only the inner lining of the large bowel, Crohn’s can attack every part of the system from the inside out, making the long-term outlook more serious. The disease is characterized by inflammation in the digestive tract, to the degree that any number of potential complications can arise. Crohn’s is both a chronic and a progressive condition, meaning that it generally stays with a person for life and that it gets worse over time. crohns-disease-stomach-ache

Living with Crohn’s Disease takes courage

Diseases like Crohn’s can be particularly difficult to deal with because not only does it cause pain and discomfort, but the nature of the condition itself isn’t easy to talk about or admit around friends and even family members. Living out each day while battling a chronic condition requires an immense amount of bravery. Always having to think about the next time you’ll use a bathroom (and where to find that bathroom) is a nuisance, and then having to deal with the noises and smells that result is enough to make even the most outgoing person into a quivering coward. For more on the disease itself, check out the other pages on this website.