Describing Crohn’s Disease
Conditions > Describing Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease is a chronic disease that is an inflammation of the intestines. The large and small intestines are plagued with ulcerations in the lining and this causes problems with the body’s digestive system. If you have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease you will have to be under the careful care of your doctor so that they can properly prescribe medication and help you with the treatment and maintenance of this disease.
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease usually include diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of weight, rectal pain and bleeding, fever and shakes, a poor appetite, and occasionally night sweats and anxiety. There are different types of Crohn’s disease that have varying symptoms.
These variations of Crohn’s disease are:
- Crohn's enteritis. Symptoms include diarrhea and stomach pain. This type of Crohn’s disease affects the small intestine.
- Crohn's terminal ileitis. This type of Crohn’s disease affects the end of the small intestine and may sometimes be linked to an obstruction of some kind. Symptoms include stomach pain and diarrhea.
- Crohn's colitis. This disease is limited to the colon and can be diagnosed when the patient displays bloody diarrhea as well as severe stomach pain.
- Crohn's entero-colitis. This type of Crohn’s disease occurs when there is an inflammation of the colon as well as the small intestine.
- Crohn's ileo-colitis. This type of Crohn’s disease also affects the colon and small intestine by inflammation and pain.
There is no known cure as of yet for Crohn’s disease and it is often treated with medication. Your doctor will try to put your body into remission so that the symptoms of Crohn’s disease are less severe and you can lead a normal life. Once you have achieved remission your doctor will attempt to maintain this remission. Your doctor will also attempt to reduce the side effects of any type of drug treatment that you are prescribed. The main goal is to maintain and improve your quality of life and limit the amount and kinds of medication that you may need to take to relieve the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.