If you have chronic or recurrent constipation, see your doctor to make sure your constipation is not caused by an underlying
disease. If you have been checked by a doctor, be aware of new or
more intense discomfort or changes in the size, shape, or hardness of your
stools. If constipation does not improve after a few days of home treatment,
talk to your doctor.
Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease affecting 500,000 Americans,
can overwhelm your daily life. Day-to-day living is especially difficult if you
suffer chronic symptoms like frequent diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, anal
tears, or bowel obstructions.
Fortunately, treatments for Crohn's disease can make a big difference.
Effective treatments range from lifestyle changes to medications, or even
surgery in severe cases. The right treatments can reduce symptoms, lengthen