Crohn’s can affect that entire small bowel wall and this is found near the colon.  It can also affect the GI tract or the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus.  The inflammation can essentially skip areas leaving patches of a diseased intestine between normal areas of the intestine which is different from ulcerative colitis which is limited to the colon also known as the large intestine.   Crohn’s Disease was first described in 1932 and is in a group known as IBD or Inflammatory Bowel Disorder. Crohn’s is a chronic condition and certain medical marijuana treatments have been used with success.  Because it is chronic, patients may experience periods of discomfort when the disease flares along with periods of remission and patients may not experience any symptoms.

Living with Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s affects more than 700 thousand Americans and there are multiple support groups to help you learn to live with Crohn’s Disease.  It is shown that Crohn’s can run in families.  Diet can help such as restricting foods that may be high in fiber, grease, dairy, and just simply eating smaller portions.  Keep in mind that while diet is not the cause, it may help limit the uncomfortable symptoms.

Understanding Crohn’s Disease – Diagnosis & Treatment

Understanding Crohn’s starts by recognizing symptoms and proper testing by your physician must be done to accurately diagnose.  Some examples of symptoms can be but are not limited to the following:

  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Constipation
  • Persistent Diarrhea
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Urgent need to move bowels
  • Feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation

Patients sometimes feel a loss of appetite and thus may lose weight.  Low energy and and fatigue may also be symptoms when experiencing Crohn’s disease.  Crohn’s can get more severe for some patients and they may experience fissures or tears in the anus lining.  An extreme condition can be the development of a fistula and if this occurs, please seek medical attention immediately as this needs to be removed.


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