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
remissions, and help you enjoy a happy, productive life.
Describing your symptoms may lead your doctor to suspect that you have a peptic ulcer, but it will not likely help determine the type, because the symptoms of stomach and duodenal ulcers are so similar. To make a specific diagnosis, your doctor may administer several tests.
One such test is a barium swallow or upper GI series of X-rays that allow your doctor to identify and locate the ulcer and determine its type and severity. The test requires you to drink a "barium milkshake," which has a liquid...