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Crohns Disease Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does having hemmroids mean that you likely have inflammatory bowel disease(crohns, ulcerative colitis, etc)?
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?
Where are the common areas of pain when you have small intestine inflammation because of crohns disease?
Happy to touch: feel free to consult and I can teach you. There are so many causes. ...Read more
What are the chances of cancer when on remicade for Crohns disease?Does the risk increase the longer you take it?
Risk of CA:
Very small but not zero.
Yes the longer the better or the worse the risk. ...Read more
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
Can pelvic surgeries cause a flare up in crohns disease symptoms. More specifically a robotic cystecomy??
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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