Crohns Disease

Crohns disease is one of several intestinal diseases known as IBDs. Questions here should include symptoms, treatments, and what to expect when first diagnosed.

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How many people die a month of crohns disease?

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Readily available cause of death statistics do not list Crohns as a specific condition. In the United States, deaths related to the digestive system amount to 9.6 percent of the total number of monthly deaths. This translates into approximately 4,000 people per month who die from some form of digestive ailment including cancer. Crohns disease would be a very small percentage of those people.
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Is sweating a symptom of Crohn's Disease?

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Yes. It is a common symptom. Low grade fever especially at night can cause extra sweating. This is also called Hyperhidrosis. If you find you are sweating more than usual during a flare up of Crohn's you should monitor and increase your fluid intake otherwise you are at higher than normal risk dehydration.
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How does crohns disease affect young peoples lives?

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A diagnosis of Crohns disease is often a life changing event for a young, otherwise healthy child or teen. Food and nutrition are essential for growth and when a disease such as Crohns interferes with that, normal development can be effected. The pain of a flare can slow or stop social interactions and even schooling. Fatigue from poor absorption of nutrients can restrict activity. Psychological trauma from constant diarrhea and "accidental" defecation or fear of such accidents can cause social withdrawal.
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Is sudden weight gain with crohns common?

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Oh yes, very common. During a flare you do not wish to eat, eating causes pain and running to the toilet. You lose weight. Under treatment, the doctors encourage you to eat, you need to maintain your weight and energy levels. When the flare ends, you are happy to eat, amazed at how nice it is to eat and enjoy your food with no repercussions. You will gain weight, not always a bad thing if you can keep it under control because you are eventually going to have another flare up and start the cycle all over again.
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What is diverticulits crohn disease?

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Diverticulitis develops from diverticulosis, which involves the formation of pouches (diverticula) on the outside of the colon. Diverticulitis results if one of these diverticula becomes inflamed. In complicated diverticulitis, bacteria may subsequently infect the outside of the colon if an inflamed diverticula bursts open. Crohn's disease and Diverticulitis affecting the colon can occur at the same sites, at the same time, but usually in older individuals. When they occur in combination they can carry a worse prognosis than either disease in isolation. It is possible that diverticulitis may initiate inflammatory changes which resemble Crohn's disease histologically, but do not carry the same clinical implications of chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
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What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?

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Answer Abdominal pain, often in the lower right area, and diarrhea. Rectal bleeding, weight loss and fever may also occur. Also... The symptoms of Crohn's are similar to those of colitis, ulcers, and appendicitis. Medical diagnosis is required to determine if Crohn's is the cause of the symptoms. More information Crohn's disease causes a variety of symptoms including but not exclusive to the following. Abdominal pain. Patients may experience cramps, achy or even sharp pains in the affected area. Most often, a patient with Crohns disease will experience these pains on the lower right of the abdomen just below the bellybutton. The reason this happens is that in the majority of cases of Crohns disease it is the terminal ileum that is involved first. The terminal ileum is where the large and small bowels join. The terminal ileum crosses from left to right just above the belt line. The type of pain experienced by the patient depends on what part of the gastrointestinal tract is affected. Disease in the terminal ileum is characterized by sharp pain while disease higher up in the colon is generally noted by cramps and pain. Pain is often relieved temporarily by a bowel movement. Diarrhea is often associated with Crohns disease. Frequent, loose, watery bowel movements Often accompanied by thick dark blood and sometimes with mucus and bubbly yellow froth. Because Crohn's is an inflammatory disease one of the key characteristics is fever. During an acute flare up, one patient will have a high fever while others may present with a low grade but persistent fever, often breaking during the night resulting in night sweats. A number of symptoms not related to the gastro intestinal tract may also present with a flare up of Crohns disease. These can occur weeks or months before the intestinal symptoms are noticed. Sores inside the mouth. Joint pain often migrating from knees, elbows, ankles and wrists (migrating arthralgia). Reddening and inflammation of the eyes (Irititis) Skin lesions including sore red nodules on the shins or calves of the leg (Erythema Nodosum) Symptoms of Chron's disease can come on suddenly and they include: abdominal pain, weight loss, nasea, diarrhea, and cramping. The symptoms change over time and are different for everyone with the disease.
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What percentage of the population has Crohn's disease?

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About 0.02-0.04% of the population suffers from this disorder, with men and women having an equal chance of being stricken.
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Can crohns disease cause you to vomit blood?

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It can if your stomach and upper intestines are actively involved. Vomiting blood at any time is serious and medical assistance is immediately required. Some of the medications used to treat a Crohn's flare can irritate the lining of the stomach causing bloody vomit.
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Does crohn's disease cause fatigue?

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Most certainly. It is one of the worst symptoms to deal with. The pain can be controlled as can the diarrhea. The overwhelming fatigue from running to the toilet, poor nutrition and sleepless nights really takes its toll during a flareup.
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Does stress make Crohns worse?

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Stress can have an effect on the progress of Crohns disease. While stress does not cause the disease, Crohn's can causes excessive diarrhea and gas, it is embarrassing for people to go out in public, possibly leading to disassociation and being house bound . Likewise, travel becomes much more difficult, which leads to feelings of loss of freedom and depression. Long term pain also causes emotional complications. Stress can cause flare-ups of complications in patients already affected.
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What is crohn's disease?

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Crohns disease is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the intestines. Crohns disease can affect the digestive system anywhere from the mouth to the anus. It most often causes ulcerations in the large and small bowels, typically at the joining of the two bowels called the ileum (located on the right side of the abdomen near the appendix) but can manifest anywhere in the digestive tract. Symptoms include but are not exclusive to, abdominal pain often severe, cramping, nausea, frequent diarrhea, rectal bleeding. These symptoms often result in severe weight loss, fatigue, and depression. Follow the link provided below for much more information. Crohns disease is an inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract that affects both children and adults. Crohns can affect any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus. The cause of Crohns disease is unknown. Common symptoms of Crohns disease can include abdominal pain and tenderness, diarrhea, anal pain and or drainage, rectal bleeding, severe weight loss, mouth sores, fissures, fever, infections, bloating, gas and rectal abscess. Patients can also have problems outside of the digestive tract, including skin rash, joint pain, eye redness and liver problems. Crohns disease is a chronic illness, medical and surgical treatments can help control the course of the disease, but cannot cure it. Treatments now are allowing many patients to experience long periods of symptom-free remission.
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Can diabetes cause Crohn's disease?

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No, Crohns is not caused by diabetes. A study in 2007 suggested a link between the two because both are autoimmune diseases but geneticists who found the gene linking Crohns and type 1 diabetes found it to be insignificant. The overall increase in risk of disease conferred by the various genetic risk factors was between 1.2 and 1.5 times, suggesting routine testing is not worthwhile.
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Is masa flour gluten free?

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Masa flour is gluten free if not contaminated somehow, perhaps by shared equipment in processing. This is because masa flour is made from corn, which is gluten free. While all grains belong to the grass family, corn is a distant cousin to the gluten containing grains of wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Corn contains a type of storage protein, called a prolamin, just as the gluten-containing grains do, but the corn prolamin has different amino acid sequences and is different enough that people with gluten sensitivity don't react to it. This is good news, because corn, and specifically masa, are used in many traditional foods, especially in Latin America where corn originated. Masa is used for making tortillas, tamales, sopes, and many other foods that can be a wonderful addition to a gluten free diet.
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Why does accutane cause crohn's disease?

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Accutane does not cause Crohn's disease. There is no known cause or cure for Crohns disease. Isotretinoin (Accutane) is a powerful drug used in the treatment of acne. This drug may exacerbate symptoms of a Crohn's disease patient, but you can be assured that you already had Crohns disease long before you ever started using the drug for your pimples. Accutane, developed in 1996, is used for treatment of severe recalcitrant nodular acne that has not responded to other therapies. Isotretinoin, the active ingredient in Accutane is available in generic formulations by a number of other manufacturers, not just Hoffman-La Roche. In all 5,000 cases so far launched, the empirical proof that Accutane actually caused the bowel disease is still none existent. The suspicion that Isotretinoin may have exacerbated the already present disease is still being investigated. The Florida court of appeals overturned the judgment where an amount slightly over 7 million was awarded. The plaintiff in that case, Adam Mason, was initially awarded 7 million dollars. The three-judge panel overturned the decision because the argument that use of Accutane was temporarily associated with the cause of his diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease wasn't strong enough. The court of appeals also ruled that Mason did not sufficiently prove that Accutane's lack of a warning label contributed to his illness. In the other large award case involving bowel disease in 2008, a jury awarded Kamie Kendall over 10 million dollars in compensatory damages after it was alleged that Accutane was the cause of her inflammatory bowel disease. The plaintiff began taking Accutane when she was 12 years old, and two years later was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. It stands to reason that with 5 million Americans using the drug for what it was intended for, bad acne, some will develop serious diseases unrelated to a specific use of a certain drug. According to the Wall Street Journal, while Kendall was originally awarded damages of over 10 million dollars, appeals courts also ruled that there was never enough evidence to support awarding these damages. One thing is clear, these lawsuits have not held up in appeals and have no proof that this drug causes bowel disease. It does prove, that in a litigious society such as the United States, the mere suggestion that "someone" is responsible for a disease that is suspected to have been around for thousands of years and identified by Dr. Buril Crohn in 1930 is just cause for lawyers to make money and profit from the misery of others.
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What are some longterm consequences for Crohn's disease?

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One of the major long term Crohn's disease effects can be to suffer malabsorption of minerals and nutrients, which leaves the sufferer generally very ill. Additionally, you can develop gall stones as a consequence of Crohn's, which can require gall bladder removal. The many medical treatments can lead to long term secondary effects, osteoporosis, arthritis, liver problems, anemia, etc. Finally, when surgery to remove the diseased intestines is the only option, it is not a cure, and can actually lead to further diseases at the site of the joining of the intestines remaining after the surgery. Additionally, increased numbers of surgeries, leaves less intestines to absorb vital nutrients from food, often leaving the patient with increased diarrhea. In addition to chronic fatigue the Crohn's sufferer must make constant trips to the toilet without much notice, therefore is reliant on quick access to facilities and does not enjoy a good quality of life until a flair up ends. Constant pain, cramping and no appetite renders the patient housebound and bedridden.
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Will crohns disease be auto decline for health insurance?

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In most cases yes. Crohns disease patients find it very difficult to get standard and affordable health/life insurance. Premiums for diagnosed patients when available tend to be very high.
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What is the official color of Crohn's Disease?

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If you live in the United States, there is a foundation called the CCFA, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Their official ribbon color is purple. If you are interested about this organization, their website is: www.ccfa.org They have annual walks, runs, and other fun fundraisers to raise money and awareness for the two diseases.
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Is Crohn's disease hereditary?

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Yes, Crohn's disease is hereditary, the chances you will get it if a previous family did are about 50% More on this The exact cause of Crohn's disease has yet to be proven. At present, theories and research focus on immunologic and bacterial causes. Many current researchers believe that the immune system, acting by itself, attacks the GI tract, what triggers this is yet to be discovered. Other researchers believe that a strictly environmental agent is involved and some believe that an environmental agent causes triggering of the immune response. While it is known that chances of getting Crohn's disease increases if another family member has had it. Only 20 to 25% of patients with Crohn's disease have any family history of the disease. (C.C.F.A. statistics 2008) For more information please see links below for Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and Canada.
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Could anxiety medication help crohns disease?

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Some anti anxiety medications have been used effectively in combination with anti-inflammatory medicines over the years. While not suspected of being the cause of Crohns disease anymore, it is well known that anxiety and stress can exacerbate a flare up of your disease making treatment more difficult.
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Can nausea be a symptom of crohns disease?

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Most certainly. Crohns while active can cause nausea as can some of the medications used to treat the disease. There are however many remedies to control the nausea.
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How does crohn's disease affect digestion?

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The inflammation that occurs with Crohn's disease causes cells in the affected areas of your intestine to secrete large amounts of water and salt. Because the colon can't completely absorb this excess fluid, you develop diarrhea. Intensified intestinal cramping also can contribute to loose stools. Diarrhea is a common problem for people with Crohn's. Inflammation and ulceration will cause the inner wall portions of your bowel to swell and eventually thicken with scar tissue. This affects the normal movement of contents through your digestive tract and may lead to pain and cramping. Mild Crohn's disease usually causes slight to moderate intestinal discomfort, but in more-serious cases, the pain may be severely debilitating and include nausea and vomiting.
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Is ileitis the same thing as Crohn's disease?

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Maybe, it depends on what is causing your ileum to become inflamed.
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What does the ilium have to do with Crohn's disease?

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The ilium has a big part in most Crohn's Disease cases. I have Crohn's, and my ilium is the affected area. In my case, my ilium is the inflamed area and therefore has to do with Crohn's Disease. The main way it has to do with Crohn's is that it can be the part of your intestines that is being attacked.