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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease lifelong?

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease lifelong?

Generally yes: Inflammatory bowel disease (crohns and ulcerative colitis) are generally considered to be chronic diseases and generally require lifelong treatment. The disease can become less active over time and ultimately some patients may be able to stop therapy. Some crohn's disease is very mild and patients will go for years before seeking treatment. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease a lifelong disease? Please advise!

Unfortunately yes: but you can achieve control of disease with careful medical management is most cases. You need to under the care of a gastroenterologist who specializes in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Try National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis home page for referral to one in your local area. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details. ...Read more

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Possible Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel disease, what's the difference?

Possible Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel disease, what's the difference?

Crohn's is: A type of inflammatory bowel disease as is ulcerative colitis. These are the two most common and there is a spectrum of diseases between the two with characteristics of both. Check with a good gastroenterologist. Treatments can be variable. ...Read more

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Does having hemmroids mean that you likely have inflammatory bowel disease(crohns, ulcerative colitis, etc)?

Does having hemmroids mean that you likely have inflammatory bowel disease(crohns, ulcerative colitis, etc)?

No: Hemorrhoids are extremely common and are not necessarily a marker for IBD. Patients with Crohn's disease can develop large external hemorrhoids that can be very painful, but they almost always have other dramatic symptoms. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement in nine days. I have crohns disease but it's never caused me to be this constipated. I've tried laxatives and softeners?

I haven't had a bowel movement in nine days. I have crohns disease but it's never caused me to be this constipated. I've tried laxatives and softeners?

Considerations...: ...include (to name just a few concerns): progressive stenosis of the gut due to scar tissue, early flare with luminal (phenobarbital) narrowing, overuse of narcotic analgesia with gut paralysis. At the very least, see your doctor and get an examination & x-ray. ...Read more

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Where are the common areas of pain when you have small intestine inflammation because of crohns disease?

Where are the common areas of pain when you have small intestine inflammation because of crohns disease?

Crohns: A common area of involvement in crohns disease is in the intestine near the appendix which would cause discomfort in the right lower abdomen. Skip areas of the intestines occur in crohns and thus different zones in the abdomen may be involved,however. ...Read more

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What are my treatment options for Crohns disease?

What are my treatment options for Crohns disease?

Discuss with GI MD: Treatment of anyone with an autoimmune disorder starts with stress reduction, proper diet and adequate sleep and rest. Lack of any of these can worsen/bring out symptoms. Sometimes treatment involves biologics of which Humera is one, steroids, and 5-aminosalicylates if the colon and rectum are involved. The right medication choices need a discussion with your MD who knows extent of your disease. ...Read more

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Can pelvic surgeries cause a flare up in crohns disease symptoms. More specifically a robotic cystecomy??

Can pelvic surgeries cause a flare up in crohns disease symptoms. More specifically a robotic cystecomy??

Most likely not.: Surgery on bladder will not affect your gi tract, unless the two are abnormally adherent. Get opinion from gi specialist just to be sure. ...Read more

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For the past 3 days i had 6 or less hrs of sleep due to my crohns disease.Now i am extremely scared and anxious about sleep.Any ways to reduce anxiety?

For the past 3 days i had 6 or less hrs of sleep due to my crohns disease.Now i am extremely scared and anxious about sleep.Any ways to reduce anxiety?

Anxiety: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active. ...Read more

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I have to take remicade for crohns disease. But have been told there is risk of cancer.How high is that risk for a young male?

I have to take remicade for crohns disease. But have been told there is risk of cancer.How high is that risk for a young male?

Low risk: Crohn's disease also increases the risk of cancer. That risk is a lot higher than the risk from infliximab (Remicade). The more important risk from such drugs is for certain infections, like tuberculosis. Discuss all this with your doctor: but almost certainly you should take the drug as recommended. ...Read more

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I have crohns disease & i woke up this morning vomiting and diarrhea badly. This pain is beyond intense. Should I go to the e.r i can't even eat.

I have crohns disease & i woke up this morning vomiting and diarrhea badly. This pain is beyond intense. Should I go to the e.r i can't even eat.

If you cannot: reach the Medical Provider who is treating your crohns I would opine that an ER (or preferably a Walk In Unit) is indicated. In the meantime Clear Liquids only! Hope this is helpful....Good luck...BE WELL! Dr Z ...Read more

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Hello, I have crohns disease and many antibiotics causes a sever flare up. I've had strep for almost 6wks now. Im allergic to penicillin, so that limi?

Hello, I have crohns disease and many antibiotics causes a sever flare up. I've had strep for almost 6wks now. Im allergic to penicillin, so that limi?

Which abx?: If you are truly allergic to penicillin, erythromycin would work for strep infection as well unless you have had an adverse reaction to it. If your problem is primarily GI, consider taking a probiotic with antibiotic in the future. May check with allergist to find out if you are still allergic to penicillin as well. By the way, there are good biologics which are effective for Crohn's disease. ...Read more

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Throughout the day my stomach swells, hardens with raised knots sometimes painful. I have Crohns disease don't know if related -happens most every day?

More info: I would keep a log of your symptoms and indicate time of day and relation to meal time and what you ate. I would present this information to your gastroenterologist and see how this fits into your Crohns process. Good luck. ...Read more

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Crohns disease, at what point during a flare up should I go to the hospital?

Talk with doctor: You should be in contact with your doctor by phone if you are in pain or bleeding. Going to the er should be a joint decision, unless you are experiencing extreme uncontrollable pain or other unusual or concerning symptoms. ...Read more

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Crohns disease: is the anal gas infectious like a cough to people ?

No: Crohn's disease is not an infectious disease. That being said you can have a GI tract infection on top of the crohn's especially if you have been treated with antibiotics and this infection can be contagious from contact with your stool. In general the gas or flatus should not be able to spread any infection without direct stool contact. ...Read more

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Will having IBS, or Crohns disease affect my HIV test and give me a false negative.

Will having IBS, or Crohns disease affect my HIV test and give me a false negative.

Possibly no: There is no relation between these disease and HIV. If you suspect that the screening test was negative then you can discuss with a physician to get a definitive tests. ...Read more

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Just been diagnosed with crohns disease, I have had black stools but they are not tarry they are quite loose as well, should I be worried?

Just been diagnosed with crohns disease, I have had black stools but they are not tarry they are quite loose as well, should I be worried?

Depends: Black stools can be caused by medications like iron or even some mesalamines. If your doctor is not concerned that it's a sign of upper GI bleeding, it may be due to the medication you're taking. ...Read more

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Crohn's Disease (Definition)

A chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining ...Read more