I think everyone has some idea of Crohn's disease. This is an infectious disease that occurs in intestinal tract (often occurs in ileocecal region). So, do you know how to avoid common Crohn's disease? Complications?
Intestinal Crohn's disease affects more than just colon!
You already know that this disease affects your digestive system. Did you know that it can also cause bone loss, vision problems, back pain, arthritis, gallstones, skin and liver problems? Your choice will reduce likelihood of these problems (complications).
1. Keep your bones strong
Make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D. Crohn's disease increases chance of bone loss and osteoporosis (thinning of bones). The steroids used to treat Crohn's disease can also eat away at your bones. Most experts say you need 1,000 to 1,300 mg of calcium and 600 to 800 IU of vitamin D.
2. Protect your eyes and vision
Tell your doctor if you notice eye problems such as blurred vision, redness, and dryness. The disease can affect many parts of eye, including cornea, tear duct, and outer layer of white of eye. Most eye complications go away when you control Crohn's disease outbreaks. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to help you.
3. Relieve joint pain
About one in four people with Crohn's disease has arthritis or joint inflammation. You may have pain in your elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles. This type of arthritis does not cause long-term damage, and pain usually goes away when symptoms of Crohn's disease appear. Some people experience lower back pain and stiffness, which can get worse and usually don't go away. Doctors may prescribe medications for treatment and control, as well as physical therapy and rest for joints.
Crohn's disease can damage small intestine, leading to formation of gallstones. They are common in people with Crohn's disease, and when your small intestine is damaged, your body can't absorb bile salts it makes to break down waste. These salts can form gallstones. Symptoms include sudden pain in upper right abdomen and nausea. Treatment ranges from medication to surgery (cholecystectomy).
5. Skin problems
Track skin changes. A small percentage of people with Crohn's disease develop red bumps on their shins, ankles, and hands. Doctors call these red spots erythema nodosum. Only some people develop blisters that turn into chronic deep ulcers, but this can happen.
6. Liver damage
Are you feeling unusually tired, itchy, yellowing of skin (jaundice), or pressure in your upper abdomen? This may be a sign that Crohn's disease has infected your liver (causing liver dysfunction). Let doctors keep up with "rate of disease progression." He will do blood tests, an ultrasound and even a biopsy to see if there is anything wrong, so early detection, early diagnosis, early treatment.
7. Back pain
Tell your doctor if you have pain and stiffness in your lower spine. It's rare, but you can have spondylitis, a form of arthritis that can be associated with Crohn's disease. Over time, this can lead to permanent fusion of bones in spine. This is ankylosing spondylitis. It occurs in 3 percent of people with Crohn's disease. Early treatment can help you stay flexible. Stretching and a warm back will help you feel better.
Like many other serious chronic conditions, Crohn's disease can make you feel depressed and anxious. This, in turn, can make your physical symptoms worse and make recovery more difficult. Talk therapy and medication can help you deal with these feelings. It is worth noting that most serious consequence of depression is “suicide”.Finally, don't forget to visit your doctor regularly for checkups/visits.
Regular checkups with your doctor and gastroenterologist are key. Do not forget to consult a doctor in a timely manner, control visit and re-examination. in a timely manner so that timely changes can be made to treatment plan for disease. Also, if you are taking any medication, remember not to hide it in order to avoid drug interactions and even more serious consequences.