Crohn’s Disease On The Rise

It is estimated that 500,000 Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease. It’s a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Take a look. When 18-year-old Emily Miller was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease four years ago, her first reaction was denial. It’s scary to know that it’s permanent. I think that’s the hardest thing. It’s like you get colds, they come and go. You can have many different sicknesses but usually they go away. This they knew was permanent. Gastroenterologist says it’s on the rise. I think a lot has to do with the incidence of environmental toxins, free radical formation, pollutants, food preservatives. Immune systems are being affected globally. Symptoms of Crohn’s are varied but include cramping, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and unintentional weight loss. The latest treatments involve the use of drugs. These drugs are designed to not only help your symptoms but they actually can cause remission. So this is changing the whole natural history of this disease. He says it reduces the risks of complications from the disease and the need for surgery, both of which used to be a given for the patients. These drugs have been introduced as last hope. With more experience, they’ve been given earlier and earlier into first position. Biologic medications don’t work equally on everyone. Her disease is not in remission. Still she’s doing everything she can do to live as normal of a life as possible. For so long I was not able to help my disease and not be defined by it. Family history of Crohn’s, hereditary are part of the disease.

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