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Can occasional fasting benefit someone who has Crohn's disease and how long can someone fast from food without it being life threatening?

Can occasional fasting benefit someone who has Crohn's disease and how long can someone fast from food without it being life threatening?

No: Fasting will not benefit symptoms of crohn's disease. You can fast from food for varying time periods until you die from starvation. This is not an effective clinical solution. Discuss this with your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

Dr. Abby Caplin
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Crohn's Disease (Definition)

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


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How does Crohn's disease cause welling of the leg(s)?

How does Crohn's disease cause welling of the leg(s)?

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 more

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What is Crohn's disease?

What is Crohn's disease?

Gut disease: This is a serious, troublesome, incurable, chronic disease usually involving the gut, causing the wall to thicken and become blocked. The new biotech medicines have made it much easier to treat than in the past. You may hear it called "regional enteritis" or "terminal ileitis"; the latter doesn't mean it's terminal in the sense that it's usually fatal. ...Read more

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Crohn's disease and taebo?

Exercise is good: Tae bo seems to be pretty high energy and impact. If your disease is under good control, you should haven't have major issues, like incontinence. Check out this excellent article on exercise and ibd: http://www.Webmd.Com/ibd-crohns-disease/ulcerative-colitis/features/exercising-when-you-have-a-gi-disorder. ...Read more

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How is Crohn's disease treated?

How is Crohn's disease treated?

Medical and surgery: Crohn's is an inflammatory condition of the intestine. It can respond well to medical management. If it is refractory and results in bleeding, perforation, stricture, or fails to respond to medical manangment then surgery is available. 50% of patients may require surgery at some time. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is Crohn's disease?

What sort of disease is Crohn's disease?

Autoimmune: The immune system recognizes a protein usually a bacteria protein in your gut and your immune system does its job to clear that particular foreign protein. Unfortunately your gut is the innocent bystander in this process and sustains anywear from mild to severe damage and prevents it from absorbing nutrition. ...Read more

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How close are we to curing Crohn's disease?

How close are we to curing Crohn's disease?

No cure: There is still no cure, however current medications can help prevent frequent relapse and better quality of life. ...Read more

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What to expect for first signs of Crohn's disease?

What to expect for first signs of Crohn's disease?

Variable: There are many potential "first signs". Weight loss, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, iron deficiency, fatigue, blood in the stool, arthritis, fever. Any of these could be first signs. Its a tricky disease unfortunately. ...Read more

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What are the signs that someone has Crohn's disease?

What are the signs that someone has Crohn's disease?

Symptoms variable : Crohn's disease can cause a range of symptoms depending on what portion of the bowel is affected. It can cause diarrhea, blood in stool, ulcers in mouth, weight loss, bowel obstruction with vomiting, and sores or fistful as around the anus. It can cause anemia and low protein. Most of the times symptoms develop over time. Ask your internist or see a gastroenterologist if crohn's seems likely. ...Read more

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What is the Crohn's disease ribbon?

What is the Crohn's disease ribbon?

Blue: It seems as good a choice as any. On histologic secction, all three layers of the bowel stain bluer than usual because of the lymphocytes. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for Crohn's disease?

Is there a cure for Crohn's disease?

No: There is no cure for crohn's that you can take for some defined period of time and completely eliminate the disease. The condition is life-long, but is very manageable with current medical treatments, to minimize symptoms and injury from crohn's. The disease can have a waxing and waning course, and be dormant for years before flaring. Care by a gastroenterologist is important. ...Read more

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How does Crohn's disease affect your bowels?

Blockage: Crohn's causes a segmental inflammation usually of the small bowel which can lead to obstruction, diarrhea, and significant discomfort and inflammation. If you have this condition you must be under the guidance of a GI specialist as there is effective therapy for this condition which can otherwise be uncomfortable and sometimes very dangerous. ...Read more

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How long can 6mp be taken for Crohn's disease?

How long can 6mp be taken for Crohn's disease?

Possibly for long: 6 mp can be used for long time as long as crohn's is being controlled.Close observation for infection for infections and malignacies is recommended. ...Read more

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Will everyone need surgery for Crohn's disease?

Will everyone need surgery for Crohn's disease?

No: Crohn's disease can be highly variable from one person to another. Many patients are treated with medications only. Complications such as bowel obstruction, bleeding, intestinal fistula formation, or uncommon cancer formation likely would require surgery though. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's disease be a trigger for MS and AS?

Can Crohn's disease be a trigger for MS and AS?

Links do exist: The link between Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) has long been recognized, but only recently has the link between IBD and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) been appreciated. Ref. http://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/2014/10/06/researchers-find-link-between-multiple-sclerosis-ibd/ ...Read more

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Can having had salmonella cause Crohn's disease?

Can having had salmonella cause Crohn's disease?

Chance is higher: One study* suggested that having had salmonella or campylobacter gastroenteritis almost triples the likelihood of developing Crohn's disease.The reason behind it is unclear-we cannot necessarily say it 'causes' it at this time. (* Gradel KO et al, "Increased short- & long-term risk of inflammatory bowel disease after salmonella or campylobacter gastroenteritis." Gastroenterology. 2009;137(2):495. ...Read more

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How are appendicitis and Crohn's disease linked?

Hard to say: The real problem is the difficulty in telling the difference between crohn's ileitis and appendicitis. Crohn's ileitis is treated with medicine, whereas appendicits requires an emergency operation. But a ct scan should be able to tell the difference. ...Read more

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How do costochondritis and Crohn's disease differ?

How do costochondritis and Crohn's disease differ?

See below: Those are complete different and wholly unrelated conditions. It's like apples to broccoli. Costochondritis is inflammation of the cartilage between your ribs & breastbone & possibly of the ribs too. It's basically bruising. Crohns disease is an inflammatory disease that causes irritation, malabsorption, & diarrhea of the intestines (and possibly the stomach and esophagus) plus other issues. ...Read more

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Where is the best medical care for Crohn's disease?

Where is the best medical care for Crohn's disease?

Best is what works: Treatment for crohn's disease uses a step wise therapy. We start with one method (chosen because it is effective with low side effects) and if necessary, we move up to the next method of treatment. If the first step works for you, that then is the best treatment for you. For others, it may be the other steps. Best is what ever is effective with minimal side effects or complications. ...Read more

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How are costochondritis and Crohn's disease different?

Inflammationlocation: Costochondiritis is inflammation of the cartilage between your ribs and sternum (bone in the middle of your chest) and crohn's disease is inflammation of your large intestine. ...Read more

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Are there any safe liquid diets for Crohn's disease?

Are there any safe liquid diets for Crohn's  disease?

Crohn's: I do not know about a specific liquid diet, but an elimination diet can help. Check out Thedocstu.blogspot.com and check Immunolabs. ...Read more

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What to do if I have Crohn's disease can I smoke weed?

What to do if I have Crohn's disease can I smoke weed?

No evidence: There is no evidence that marijuana exacerbates Crohn's disease. However people who smoke marijuana are more likely to smoke nicotine. Nicotine definitely worsens Crohn's disease. So you need to be careful. ...Read more

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How to know if I have Crohn's disease if my dad has it?

How to know if I have Crohn's disease if my dad has it?

Symptoms: Crohn's disease has many genetic components so it is too complicated to say for sure what the risk is you will get crohns. However the risk is definitely elevated above the general population--perhaps a 5-10 fold risk above someone else of your same ethnic background. No screening is necessary but yes develop chronic GI complaints, get them checked out with your primary care doc. ...Read more

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Does mesalamine work for Crohn's disease of the ileum?

Does mesalamine work for Crohn's disease of the ileum?

Sometimes: For mild to moderate Crohn's of the ileum and large intestine, salicylates such as mesalamine have been shown to reduce symptoms in as many as 50% of people. Not a perfect treatment, but better than placebo. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is Crohn's disease inflammation related at all to diet?

Is Crohn's disease inflammation related at all to diet?

Probably Not: Specific foods make you feel worse or cause more symptoms, however it should not increase the degree of inflammation. ...Read more

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What is the gold standard diagnosis for Crohn's disease?

Chrohn's Disease: Colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy allow the doctor to directly view the large intestine, which is the lower part of the digestive tract. These techniques can often provide the most accurate information about the intestines. They may be better at detecting small ulcers or inflammation than other techniques. They can be used to assess the severity of any inflammation. Colonoscopy is the most important. ...Read more

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Do you think I can go tanning if I have Crohn's disease?

Do you think I can go tanning if I have Crohn's disease?

Immune suppressant?: Most of the immune suppressing agents (biologics, 6MP) have an increased risk of certain skin cancers. These risks are legitimate. Therefore your risk of skin cancer will be higher than that of the average "tanner". If you are not on one of these drugs then your risk of skin cancer is the same as the average "tanner". So you have to be the judge of how much risk you are willing to take on. ...Read more

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Is there a link between appendicitis and Crohn's disease?

Not necessarily : However you could have crohn's disease involving the appendix only diagnosed after undergoing an appendectomy for prsumed appendicitis and getting a pathology report demonstrating active crohn's colitis. ...Read more