Having a healthy body is one of the vital roles in sustaining one’s life. Its important that your body is well taken care of because it pays off in many ways such as having an improved physical health, a good positive outlook and feeling more fit. When the body is healthy there is a perfect collaboration between the body systems and parts. Most people might view good health as absence of disease but rather, its a state of been physically and mentally alright and also the ability to recover from illness and other medical problems.
Problems may arise in the body and this can be from any of the systems in the body that provides vital role in sustaining life processes. It could be the heart suffering from Dilated cardiomyopathy, or the lungs suffering from Emphysema or the digestive system might be suffering from an inflammatory bowel disease which is a family term that Crohn’s diseases falls under of which is going to be the topic of discussion today.
What Is Crohn’s Disease?
This is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects different parts of the digestive system but mostly the small intestine and colon. Statistics has it that 780,000 Americans has been diagnosed of this disease. It’s been known that despite various medical approach made in treating this disease, no cure has been found. That’s why health practitioners encourages more research about the disease. It can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract and skip some parts. Crohn’s disease ranges from been mild to been chronic, and so it’s the symptoms. Though it hasn’t been really known what causes Crohn’s disease however, different factors such as your immune system, genes, or environment may play a role in someone contacting this disease. That’s why recent studies has shown that 20% of people who contacts Crohn’s disease either has a child, sibling or parent with the disease.
Research has it that Crohn’s disease is associated mostly with smokers but if stopped, could reduce the severity of the disease. Crohn’s disease is mostly seen in urban areas than rural areas. Northern developed countries such as North American and Nothern Europe, are mostly affiliated with Crohn’s disease and the numbers of reported cases in developing nation’s are beginning to increase. Most people believe that Crohn’s disease is associated only with elderly people of which isn’t true. Research has it that it starts at any age but mostly appears for the first time between age 10 and 40. People suffering from Crohn’s disease believe that certain food triggers their symptoms or make their situation worse. In other for one to ensure that his or her diet is well balanced and healthy, he or she should get a dietician or doctor that would improve their condition. And if you want to make changes to your diet, make sure you are acting according to your doctor’s advise. Avoid food that are hard to digest Because they might result to blockage in the GI tract.
Patients suffering from Crohn’s are at risk of vitamin deficiency, most especially if they are having issues absorbing nutrients because of inflammation in the small intestine. That’s why doctors advise you take nutrient supplements. Also doctors would prescribe a special liquid only diet(enteral nutrition) for a period of 2-8 weeks. Most people would find it needful to have supplemental drinks along with their normal food for the purpose of obtaining more nutrients. Research has it that if Crohn’s should begin at early childhood the inflammation could be severe and affect mostly the bowel. This could affect growth patterns and might lead to delayed puberty. That’s why children with intestinal bowel disease might grow slowly than other children. It’s difficult to group patients suffering from Crohn’s disease together because the signs and symptoms vary according to different individuals suffering from it. Most classify the symptoms from been mild to severe. While for other it could develope gradually or just come once without any signs. As health practitioners would say that early detection is the key to treating most diseases. That’s why resources has been put in place, information has been gathered in bringing together 10 most common signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Having this information in mind would help improve your health and that of those around you.
1. Frequent Diarrhea
Diarrhea is something most people have from time to time. But when someone has Crohns disease, the experience is on a more intense level. Its one of the symptoms associated with Crohns disease that is known to be unpleasant and disgusted. Diarrhea occurs due to inflammation of the gut of which is intrinsic to Crohn’s disease. As previously stated that Crohns disease affects mostly the small intestine and colon. And we all known that the colon is a part of the large intestine that helps move stool so it can leave our body. Now when this part of the digestive tract are inflamed, they can’t carry out their functions properly. This can lead to an unpleasant diarrhea
To avoid such an unpleasant situation, there are some precaution one could take of which include avoiding food that are fried or processed because, its believed that these kinds of food incites diarrhea.
2. Stomach Pains
Pain in the stomach can be from conditions affecting various organs associated with the digestive system. Crohns disease is known for inflammation of the digestive tract so having stomach pains is not an exception. This pains normally occurs in the below the abdomen. Most times, it arises from organs that are not in the abdominal cavity but are close to it. The severity of the pain from mild to been extreme varies among different people. Those suffering from Crohn’s diseases normally experience this pain one hour after eating. Book an appointment with your medical doctor if you notice the pain occurs frequently along with other symptoms of this disease. This would enable you know the next step to take.
Fever is an increase in the bodies temperature due to the presence of a disease or an infection. Been one of the symptoms of Crohn’s disease it makes it very difficult to ascertain at first appearance. The bodies immune system attacks the digestive tract allowing inflammation and damage to the tissues of the digestive system. That’s why the temperature of the body normally increases when it tries to fights the disease.
Book an appointment with your doctor if you start experiencing frequent fevers and other symptoms in this list.
4. Loss Of Appetite
Weight loss is common symptom of the inflammatory bowel disease. Its a sign of malnutrition caused by not having enough calories in the body. Various reasons why this occurs may include poor appetite, malabsorption, food reluctance etc. It is believed that with all the symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, food might become something we would want avoid.
You could switch to a diet that has smaller meals if you noticed your appetite is beginning to reduce. This would at-least provide enough calories for your body in fighting an infection.
5. Night Sweats
Most people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease experience night sweats more often. It occurs normally when a disease becomes intense or a switch between medications. Most often when the body is fighting an infection, it would increase its core temperature in other to make its environment less hospitable for the infection to spread.
Getting up from bed in the middle of the night because of being sweaty is very unpleasant and demoralizing. Doctors would advise you wear a lightweight pajamas and take a shower before sleeping. If you end up waking up with night sweat don’t turn on too many lights otherwise you would wake up again. That’s why its better you adjust the light in your bedroom to minimize bright light.
6. Full Bowel
If the digestive system begins to declines, this might lead to a grinding halt. There would be no bowel movement and this could result to stomach pain and a swollen belly. Crohn’s disease can have a big effect on the bowels such as, blockage of the passageway due to swollen bowel tissue and ulcers. Soon the body becomes unable to absorb nutrients from digested food.
The above discomfort are not the only effects Crohn’s disease has on the bowels. Most times, one could have a feeling of full bowels whereas there is nothing there.
7. Weight Loss
Weight loss would occur naturally if there is a decrease in the body’s fat, mass or fluid. Weight loss can also occur if there any case of underlying disease or malnourishment. Recent studies has shown that 80% of people diagnosed of Crohn’s disease lose weight. It is frequently seen in children with inflammatory bowel disease. For someone suffering from Crohn’s disease, its mostly results from loss of appetite. Studies shows that it’s important to eat food that has enough calories and nutrients that would preserve our healthy weight.
For you to have a healthy body weight you need to work closely with your doctor. This would also help reduce disease activity and inflammation. Also improve on your food consumption that is eat small, frequent meals with increased fluid intake.
8. Bowel movements
Bowel movement is a way of your body getting rid of unwanted substances(waste) that has no use. But for someone suffering from Crohn’s disease, it’s a symptom quite similar to diarrhea. This could be quite severe and interrupting. In the case of diarrhea one could have this feeling of using the toilet, and if not done can result in a demoralizing situation. With Crohn’s disease, one can have this feeling of the bowels been full right after you’ve evacuated them.
If you keep having this constant feeling of using the toilet, its advisable you book an appointment with your medical doctor so a plan of treatment could be drafted.
Bleeding is one the common symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. Passing out stool with blood is an indication that there is a problem. Bleeding occurs in the large intestine and rectum(large intestine) of which is the common zone for Crohn’s disease. Bleeding from the large intestine are usually bright red in color(you might see this in your toilet bowel, while those from the upper digestive tract are black in color. Bleeding can be as a result of inflammation by tiny ulceration’s developed in the digestive tract.
Seeing blood in your stool could be frightening, and its advisable you book an appointment with your doctor for steady measures to be taken in calming the inflammation and stopping the building.
This is one of the many symptoms of Crohn’s disease that is caused by several factors. Medications such as antidiarrheal drugs, nutrient supplement can cause constipation. Having less intake of fiber and not drinking enough fluids can also cause constipation
Having frequent exercise could help move stools through the colon quickly and increase the rate of bowel movement. But if you should notice at any point in time that you are experiencing prolonged constipation, it’s advisable you speak with your medical doctor about it. Because most times, sudden constipation might be an indication that the bowels are blocked and if not treated on time could lead to life threatening conditions.
If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor and get diagnose.