What is Crohns Disease?

Crohns disease is one of two types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and is a life long and life changing health condition. Crohns disease causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system. Inflammation can affect any part of the digestive system, from the mouth to the back passage, but most commonly occurs in the last section of the small intestine (ileum) or the large intestine (colon). It is not yet known what causes Crohns Disease but doctors think it could be connected to genetics or previous infections. In some cases Crohns Disease can be managed by taking medication however it is sometimes necessary to have surgery.

Every single person who has Crohns Disease varies in terms of both their symptoms and how easy it is to manage their illness.

Symptoms can include:

Abdominal and lower back pain, diarrhea, constipation, sickness, fatigue, muscle aches and pains, anemia, vitamin deficiency, weight loss, weight gain, mucous/blood in stool, weakened immune system, anxiety and depression, insomnia, skin problems and eye problems.

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