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Can Crohn's Disease Be Cured
Crohn's: Disease is at this point in time not curable. Best one can hope for is remission and requires ongoing medical treatment, surgery being reserved for cases that don't respond to medical therapy or have complications such as perforation, obstruction or bleeding. ...Read more
No: There is no cure for crohn's that you can take for some defined period of time and completely eliminate the disease. The condition is life-long, but is very manageable with current medical treatments, to minimize symptoms and injury from crohn's. The disease can have a waxing and waning course, and be dormant for years before flaring. Care by a gastroenterologist is important. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Medical Research: To become a medical researcher you may wish to obtain a medical doctor degree (and work into research) or a phd in an appropriate field of science. ...Read more
What to do if I have Crohn's disease (a chronic ibd) there's no cure. I need pentasa made by shire.?
Crohn's Disease: There is no cure, but there is treatment to keep it under control. Usually the best people to take care of Crohn's are gastroenterologists, and they usually take care of Crohn's patient in conjunction with a surgeon. Your treatment will depend on your symptoms and findings. Be sure to see your doctor if your current treatment is not working for you. ...Read more
Few ways.: Crohn's is an inflammatory disease that releases inflammtory mediators into the blood stream. There may be some small component of edema from that. Secondly it is also associated with an arthritis that can cause local joint edema and an increase in distal lymphatic pressure. Thirdly there may be protein / malabsorption losses which can increase edema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What screening test(s) does a gastroenterologist us to determine the diagnosis for colitis and Crohn's disease?
The first step: is a complete history, physical examination and basic lab tests (Blood Count, Chemistries) There is no BLOOD SCREENING test for these disease. A stool examination may be helpful( testing for occult blood) Routine genetic testing (HLA chromosomes etc) is NOT recomended. The next step for most Gastroenterologists is ENDOSCOPY (Lower and Upper) which can be done in ONE session (painless nowadays) Z ...Read more
Listen to your body: As a mind-body doctor, a person living with crohn's, and a counselor for people with chronic illness, i believe most important is to listen to your body and respond appropriately. Seek out healers who can teach you how to decrease stress levels longterm. It can make a huge difference in outcome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wide array of symtom: Crohn's can occur anywhere in the GI tract from one end to the other. Because of this the symptoms vary widely. The most common sites are the small intestine and colon. Because of the crohn's will commonly present with abdominal pain, cramping and diarrhea. Of course many other things cause this as well. If symptoms like this persist they should be evaluated by your physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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