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Can Crohn's Disease Kill You
Goin to see gastotologist doc thinks I have ibs, ifb, ulcer, hernia or Crohn's disease im sared cuz i heard Crohn's can kill u is that true n how often?
Please relax: Your gastroenterologist just gave you a list of possibilities in terms of what you may have. You may or may not have any of these. He/she will need to do some tests to see what is your most likely diagnosis and treat appropriately. Even if it is crohn's disease, we currently have great drugs to treat that condition - although not cure it. ...Read more
Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, is chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. There are two main types of IBD: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis causes continuous inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of the colon and the rectum. Crohn's, on the other hand, is non-continuous inflammation that affects all layers of the digestive system in the large and small intestines. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's cause diarrhea, pain, ...Read more
Crohn's since 1999 resection done two years ago. Maxed out on remicAde (infliximab) I have chronic pain in abdomen and my joints are killing me. Any suggestion ?
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
Rarely: If untreated and out of control, people can lose weight, not absorb enough nutrients and become quite sick. Sometimes people need surgery when other treatments aren't effective. As with any illness that requires medication and/or surgical interventions, there is always risk, but many people living with crohn's can improve with appropriate intevention and live a fairly normal life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Biopsy: Confirmatory test is biopsy via upper GI endoscopy and/or colonoscopy. Crohn's usually presents with inflammatory changes and granulomas (areas of immune system consolidation) at the end of the small intestine (terminal ileum) but it can involve any part of the GI tract. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Symptoms can include abdominal crampy pain, diarhea 8-12 times per day, blood in stool, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, inflammatory process near anus among others. If suspicious see either a colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist for an evaluation and opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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