Although a cure has not been discovered for Crohn’s Disease and Colitis, patients can manage their condition. Sometimes doctors suggest surgery but it is often possible to control the unpleasant symptoms and side effects. Of course, individuals should always check with their doctor before making any drastic changes.
How To Manage Crohn’s Disease and Colitis
. Understand Your Condition
Nobody can improve their condition if they do not even understand it. Indeed, it can be quite alarming if you do not know the facts. Many people have the perception that Crohn’s Disease and Colitis are the same disease.
Although both conditions are related, there are distinct differences. Crohn’s disease (CD) may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is usually an inflammation of the large intestine (the colon).
Since there is no medical cure, some people think mistakenly that the conditions must be fatal diseases. In fact, Crohn’s Disease and Colitis sufferers live a normal life span (men, 78 years, women, 79 years). Get the facts from your doctor and other reputable sources (books, documentaries, online). A second doctor’s opinion can give a patient that extra peace of mind.
. Acknowledge The Symptoms And Side Effects
Individuals must try to manage the symptoms and side effects. Crohn’s Disease and Colitis is not a death sentence. A patient’s mission must be to discover safe and healthy methods that work for them. They need to find how to reduce or even eliminate any unpleasantness.
. Consider A Raw Food Diet
Individuals should never make any drastic changes to their diet without consulting their doctor. Yet many researchers insist that the Western diet is bad for Crohn’s Disease and Colitis sufferers. The Western diet is full of fats, processed foods, and sugars and researchers believe that a raw food diet using organic produce is a much better choice.
Once a person is given the ‘ok’ by their doctor, the patient can implement the diet slowly and allow the body time to adjust to its new fuel. Numerous studies and examples have shown that a raw food diet can eliminate all the uncomfortable symptoms. Of course, the improvement will be gradual and nobody should ever expect an ‘overnight’ cure.
. Get Informed About Water Fasts
Some sufferers have found that the combination of a water fast and daily raw food diet have eliminated their symptoms. Although nobody should embark on a Crohn’s/Colitis water fast without checking with a trained professional, this approach is an option. Many testimonials praise its effectiveness. Everyone is, however, in charge of their own health and, ultimately, must make their own decisions in these matters.
. Keep Up-To-Date
There is continuous research being done about Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. Individuals affected by those conditions should keep up to date on all the latest developments in the field. One recent study explores the effectiveness of Vitamin A in the treatment of Crohn’s Disease and Colitis.
Crohn’s Disease is a chronic illness that is rarely if ever fatal. The side effects of the illness and resulting complications can be deadly if left untreated. Crohn’s sufferers go through long periods of remission with infrequent flare ups if the illness is properly managed. Many doctors think the Crohn’s can actually be cured with the correct diet and right lifestyle changes. Approaching those changes practically with a little prior planning will go a long way in controlling the illness while improving quality of life.
After your illness is diagnosed, then it is time to begin learning all that you can about how to manage your condition. Your physician is the perfect source for specific information concerning support resource groups as well as information about the illness itself. In addition the internet makes it a snap to fin local support groups in your town as well as a host of library resources for learning about Crohn’s management and control.
The exact cause of Crohn’s is still not known, and most in the medical community resort to conventional measures for dealing with the chronic disease. These include relying on minor lifestyle changes such as eliminating certain foods from your diet and prescribed medications for the various symptoms of the condition. Food triggers include dairy products, spicy foods, as well as foods high in fat and sometimes even high in fiber. Crohn’s sufferers can identify these triggers because they cause discomfort and pain shortly after consumption.
If you do feel pain after eating, take that food out of your diet. You can reintroduce it later in smaller quantities. Some sufferers of Crohn’s Disease turn to a raw food diet of organic produce. Juicing their fruits and vegetables to encourage faster and easier digestion. Other concerns are malnutrition because with this type illness, the body loses its ability to absorb the right amount of nutrients. Couple this with loss of appetite and you have a real problem that could lead to malnutrition. Ask your doctor to refer you to a dietitian who can create a diet that will sustain you complete with foods, supplements and and vitamins.
Planning your social activities ahead of time will control those unpredictable symptoms that make most people want to stay home in the first place. Side effects such as diarrhea, gas and stomach pain tend to discourage social activities, mainly out of fear of embarrassment. But it is important to make an effort to take part in activities that you enjoy if only to maintain a normal life. One way to do this is to choose destinations close to home and where you feel comfortably in control. Upon arrival make note of the all restroom locations as a way to relieve anxiety or stress should an outbreak occur. To lessen worry, travel with extra toilet tissue and or undergarments.
Stress plays a big role in the outbreak of symptoms associated with Crohn’s Disease. Controlling stress and anxiety goes a long way in handling flare-ups. Some of the more popular ways to alleviate stress is to take a yoga class or a tai chi course while learning how to meditate along with working deep breathing techniques. A regular exercise program helps normal bowel function. It is wise to consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program of any kind.
Finally, build a support system of friends, family, and medical care providers. Honest and open relationships with these people or groups will enable you to function normally ensuring that you receiving the best care and support.