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Crohn's Disease Life Expectancy
Can be done: Take your medicines properly, keep close follow up with your doctor, dont stop meds without consent of doc, get adequate rest, excercise, eat healthy, get proper colon cancer surveillance when indicated. Compliance with your doctors management is most critical. Have fun and consider a support group like croh's and colitis foundation (ccfa). ...Read more
Hi. I was just wondering : Can Crohn's disease shorten the life span of a human being? And if so, how?
Usually not: crohn disease is a life time illness that can some time go into remission unless patient end up with a severe mal nutrition because of mal absorption associated with crohn or multiple surgeries that caused the patient to have short bowel syndrom or missdiagnosed with ulcerative colitis that could lead to cancer they should have a normal life span ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can occasional fasting benefit someone who has Crohn's disease and how long can someone fast from food without it being life threatening?
Different ways: Crohn's disease can cause pain, fatigue, and any chronic condition can cause depression, all of which can affect sex life. Also fistulas and ostomies can sometimes get in the way. There are some medications that can affect fertility in men (methotrexate, sulfasalazine, etc.), or risk of birth defects in women (methotrexate, etc.). Ask your doctor because this is a very individual issue. ...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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