Crohn's disease definition: It is a chronic inflammatory disease which mainly affects the small and large intestine. Crohn's can affect any part of the digestive system, right from the mouth through to the anus. It is named after Burrill Crohn, an American gastroenterologist who first described the disease in 1932.
Crohn's Disease falls into the broad category of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Another such illness called Ulcerative Colitis belongs to the same group of illnesses and is similar to Crohn's but only involves the large bowel, not the whole digestive system.
A person can be diagnosed with Crohn's at any age but is most common when you are a teenager and in your twenties. Crohn's can be a chronic reoccurring condition, but it can also cause very few symptoms in some cases and not really need any treatment at all.
Around 0.02-0.04% of the population has Crohn's Disease, with both equal numbers of men and women affected. White people are more affected with Crohn's than any other racial group. Crohn's or IBD can run in families and there is around a 20% chance that you will have a relative that also has Crohn's Disease.
Some of the symptoms of Crohn's Disease include abdominal pain which can often be in the lower right side of the abdomen, diarrhea, weight loss, rectal bleeding, tiredness, vomiting, as well as loss of appetite. You may not experience all of these symptoms but they are possible.
If you think that you may have Crohn's Disease or are showing several of the symptoms, then the best course of action you can take is to see your doctor for some tests to see if that is indeed the case. When you know what you are dealing with you can then make informed decisions about what to do next.
There are many great ways that you can help your Crohn's Disease using natural means and can help you to stay off drugs. Some of these include diet, exercise and keeping on top of stress.