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How Can You Get Crohn's Disease
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. If you are fatigued, or in pain, and you keep moving forward without changing how you are in the world, why should your body change? Seek out healers who can teach you how to decrease stress levels. It can really help. ...Read more
Usually not: Addison's disease is caused by many mechanisms. Outside the United States, infection, in particular tuberculosis is the most common cause, but it would not cause just arthritis. In us, autoimmune polyendocrinopathy (2 types) is probably the most common cause, and in either type, arthritis is not a common problem associated with other endocrine problem such as hypoparathyroidism, diabetes, etc. ...Read more
One is inflammation: Ibs is irritable bowel syndrome. It causes chronic abdominal discomfort with changes in bowel movements. Crohn's is characterized by chronic inflammation of the bowel, and can often have diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, fevers, arthritis, vomiting, and bowel obstruction. ...Read more
IBD: Perhaps there is some confusion inflammatory bowel disease(ibd)refers specifically to ulcerative colitis and crohn's diseasr. If a person has been informed that he or she has ibd then the diagnosis is either ulcerative colitis or crohn's. Inflammation in the intestine caused by infection or other causes may mimic ibd & thus not be either ulcerative colitis or crohn's. ...Read more
Depends on risk fact: With no family history of crohn's disease(cd), you have about 1% chance of getting it. That increases by each risk factor like smoking, family with cd, having other immunological diseases etc. If you have any signs or symptoms of cd like diarrhea, abdomenal pain, weight loss, etc. See a gasatroenterologist and be tested. ...Read more
Blood borne disease: Transmitted in high risk situations. Most common are: IV drugs (sharing needles), or using nasal drugs, accidental needle stick in a healthcare worker, reused needles/medical equipment without sterilizing, sexually, tattoos, blood transfusion before june 1992 (as couldn't screen for hep c). Other risk factors are sharing razors, being incarcerated. A simple blood test can confirm if you have hep c ...Read more
Ulcerative Colitis: The cause of Ulcerative Colitis is unknown. We know there is an increased risk if there is a family history, so genetics plays a part. Look at the National Library of Medicine's section on UC for a good synopsis of symptoms and general approaches to treatment. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001296/#adam_000250.disease.causes ...Read more
Bowels & celiac dis.: Celiac disease, among its many manifestations, may result in diarrhea. Simplistically, exposure of intestine to gluten causes inflammation of affected gut lining, with a decrease in absorptive surface of that gut, & resulting malabsorption of food. The best & most enduring fix is to avoid eating gluten. Serum tissue transglutaminase antibody can help determine how successfully gluten is avoided. ...Read more
Ruleout active crohn: Many patients with crohn's disease also suffer from ibs. No one really understands why this is. An ibs diagnosis is only made in my opinion if your get a full colonoscopy an upper endoscopy and the pathology results are normal. This would indicate that your crohns is in remission and cannot be blamed for ongoing intestinal symptoms. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clinical sxs: Hirschsprung’s disease (congenital megacolon) is caused by failed migration of colonic ganglion cells in utero. Varying lengths of the distal colon are unable to relax, causing functional colonic obstruction.Can vary from very short segment to entire large bowel. Obstruction noted usually in infancy, Sometimes recognition is later due to intractable constipation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: Celiac disease, while being diagnosed much more, is still a relatively uncommon disorder in kids and teens. That being said, there are more and more kids with chronic abdominal complaints being diagnosed as doctors become more aware of the condition. It tends to be more common in kids with other immune conditions such as type 1 diabetes, autoimmune thyroid problems, etc. Talk to peds GI for info! ...Read more
Blood test, scope : Screening blood tests can be ordered by your health care provider: tissue transglutaminase IgA and total iga. If positive, consultation with a GI specialist is needed for biopsy of the small intestine obtained through an upper GI endoscopy. It is important not to go on a gluten free diet before diagnosis is made. Labs and biopsy return to normal on gluten free diet (false negative). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small bowel biopsy: Celiac disease is suspected when individuals have signs or symptoms of malabsorption or malnutrition. Small intestinal biopsy is considered the most accurate test for celiac disease. Small intestinal biopsies can be obtained by performing an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (egd). ...Read more
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