Related Questions

How does Crohn's disease affect my baby?

Not likely. In general, crohn's disease does not cause problems with a developing fetus, although the stress of pregnancy can cause some issues for the mom (although many autoimmune conditions seem to improve during pregnancy!). However, if you are on medications for crohn's they can cause some trouble as many are very powerful - steroids, immune modifying drugs, etc. I am sure your physician can give answers. Read more...

Could Crohn's disease affect muscle growth?

Indirectly. Crohn's does not directly affect the muscles. However patients with active crohn's disease do not absorb nutrients in their intestine well. This can lead to weight loss, malnutrition, and eventual loss of lean muscle mass. Read more...

Tell me if Crohn's disease affect the penis?

Rarely. Crohn's primarily affects the intestines. Crohns can sometimes cause fistulas or openings from the gut to nearby organs. Occasionally crohn's can connect to the scrotum, urethra (where the urine comes out) or the penis itself. Fistulas can cause abscesses and other infections too. Read more...

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...

How does Crohn's disease affect your sex life?

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...

So my friend was just diagnosed with Crohn's disease and I don't know what to cook?

Common sense should. Rule. Patient's tolerate different food items. Stay away from dairy or spicy foods until you know what your friend can tolerate. Then you can feel free to work with him or her so they are comfortable. One interesting diet is the specific carbohydrate diet. If you look it up online you may find there have been some good results in patients with crohns. Read more...
Ask your friend. If your friend is coming to dinner, just ask what he/she needs by way of food, but don't make it a big deal in front of other people. Let your friend pick out what he/she wants, and keep the conversation away from the crohn's disease topic. Soft, non-spicy foods are always best. Cooked veggies, mashed potatoes, rice, fairly plain chicken are always good bets. Read more...