Understanding Living with Crohn’s Disease
If one has recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, he might be struggling to understand how it will impact the daily routine and quality of life. Here is a quick look at it:
Chronic in Nature
It continues to be a part of the patient’s life forever. It is necessary to accept sudden flareups, ability to carry out limited activities and frequent doctor visits. However, diagnosing it early and discussing the problems with the crohn’s disease doctor help deal with most the symptoms. The doctor will suggest ways to deal with symptoms and treat inflammation. Many medications like cortico-steroids, immuno-suppressants, biologic therapies, and antibiotics help treat Crohn’s disease. So one shouldn’t worry if a particular medication doesn’t work, there are plenty of treatment alternatives to work with. Surgery can also provide some help if other treatment option or medications do not help.
Living with Crohn’s can sometime be stressful, given the unpredictability of embarrassing symptoms and sudden onset of discomfort. However, one must note that stress will only lead to worsening of the situation and any negative emotions like anger, frustration are highly counterproductive. In fact most of the times they worsen the conditions and treatment becomes difficult. In such conditions, the physician would like to understand the frequency and trend of these symptoms and will prescribe medications accordingly. It is critical to understand what are the triggers and what cause those precipitating factors, soon the patient can identify these triggers and would themselves make changes to reduce it’s frequency.
The patient’s active participation is very critical in managing Crohn’s disease. Take control. Allow the patient to become an active partner with your physician and other caregivers and decide together. Understand your treatment regimen. Let your family also understand what you are going through, and seek support in helping you tide over those symptoms. A prior discussion would help them understand and gauge your symptoms.
Stay active and involved in life. Any physical activity reduces stress; meditation calms your body and mind. Remain socially engaged to increase events of depression.
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