Crohn's disease can complicate everyday activities, but you can overcome most challenges. Try these strategies to smooth out wrinkles at home, at work, and in your relationships.
Educate your family. Teach your family and friends what it's like to live with Crohn's. They may be confused about the di
Crohn's disease can take a toll on your body image, confidence, and comfort. But it doesn't have to. “It is possible to have a good body image with Crohn’s disease," says Sara Ringer, "but it’s something you have to continually put effort into.” Ringer, who's in her early 30s, has gotten medical car
Diet did not cause your Crohn's disease. But pay attention to what you eat, because it can help you control your symptoms. Cutting out some foods may help, especially during a flare. Still, you want to make sure you eat a variety of healthy foods.
"At this point, we don't have an ideal diet for Croh
Biologics are a class of drugs that can relieve your Crohn's symptoms and keep you in remission. Your doctor may prescribe them if you have moderate to severe Crohn's that doesn't respond to other treatments. As with all drugs, you need to weigh the risks and benefits.
Because they suppress the immu
Surgery for Crohn's disease can change your life. "Surgery gets rid of the diseased bowel," says surgeon Jon Vogel, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic. It can help you eat and drink without pain. You may also be able to stop taking Crohn's drugs, at least for a while. Almost 3 out of 4 people with Crohn's
Sometimes your best ally in preventing flare-ups from Crohn's disease is common sense. Avoid these key errors to keep Crohn's at bay.
Crohn's is a complicated disease, and the treatments are always changing. Your best bet is to get treated by an experienced gastroenterologist. That's a doctor who sp
Living with Crohn's disease today means having more options to treat it than ever before. Your doctor will tailor your treatment just for you. Your treatment plan will depend partly on where and how severe your Crohn's is and whether it is causing other health problems. It may involve more than one
If your doctor has talked about using biologic drugs to treat your Crohn's disease, you want to learn as much as you can about them. This guide to biologics includes some questions to ask your doctor and yourself. Use it to help you choose the treatment that's right for you.
Unlike some Crohn's drug
A network of supportive people can help you deal with a long-term illness such as ulcerative colitis. But a simple thing like hanging out with friends may seem like a big challenge, given the embarrassment and stress your UC symptoms can cause. And what about intimacy? Fortunately, even when you are
The key to successfully living with ulcerative colitis (UC) is a close partnership with your doctor. From remission to flare, your doctor should be there. That's because of the chronic nature of UC, says Thomas Cataldo, MD. He's a staff surgeon in colon and rectal surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Me