Stop Smoking if You Have Crohn's Disease
In addition to all of its other harmful health effects, smoking worsens Crohn's disease and makes the disease harder to control. The more you smoke, the greater your risk for flares. If you quit, flare risk will drop back down to that of a nonsmoker.
Avoid NSAIDs With Crohn's
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen aren't recommended for people with Crohn's disease because they may trigger flares or produce symptoms that mimic Crohn's.
Communicate With Your Doctor About Crohn's
Tell your doctor about any symptoms you're having. They could be side effects from your medication or related to complications from Crohn's disease itself. Depending on your symptoms and exam, your doctor may order additional testing or make adjustments to your treatment.
Crohn's Disease and Stress
Crohn's disease is a chronic condition that can affect every part of life. Even a basic trip to the supermarket can be stressful if there's a chance you might not be able to find a bathroom when needed.
Although emotions don't cause Crohn's, they could make you feel worse. Research has found that people who are both depressed and anxious are more likely to have flares. If you're feeling overwhelmed by your condition, get help from family, friends, or your doctor.
Take part in a support group where you can talk to other people who've been through what you're experiencing. Or see a therapist who specializes in Crohn's disease or chronic illness in general. Getting regular exercise and practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation are also good ways to ease stress.