Crohn’s Disease is loosely misunderstood and misdiagnosed. It is quite often used interchangeably with Colitis but they are two very are different conditions under the Irritable Bowl Disease (IBD) umbrella.
In people with IBD, the immune system mistakes food, bacteria or other materials in the GI tract for foreign substances and responds by sending white blood cells into the lining of the bowels. The result of the immune system’s attack is chronic inflammation. Ulcerative colitis only involves the innermost lining of the colon and affects the intestine as a whole not skipping sections or leaving patches as Crohn’s Disease tends to do.
Common symptoms of Crohn’s Disease include cramping, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, weight loss, and bloating. A feeling of low energy and fatigue is also common. Not all patients experience all of these symptoms, and some may experience none of them making it hard to successfully diagnose the disease.
The majority of patients with Crohn’s Disease treated by Dr. Margarita Murphy and Colon Surgeons in Charleston, SC are young adults between 16 and 40 years old, with about 20 percent of people with Crohn’s disease have a relative, most often a brother or sister, and sometimes a parent or child, with some form of inflammatory bowel disease. Genetics, diet and stress may aggravate Crohn’s Disease, but they do not cause the disease on their own- an exact cause for the disease is not known.
Crohn’s is a chronic disease, so this means patients will likely experience periods when the disease flares up and causes symptoms, followed by periods of remission when patients may not notices symptoms at all. Colon Surgeons in Charleston, SC treat early Crohn’s Disease with medical therapy to relieve its symptoms. In more advanced or complicated cases of Crohn’s disease, surgery may be recommended. For your best course of treatment we recommend consulting with your gastroenterologist and your colon and rectal surgeon.
If you are suffering from untreated and chronic intestinal symptoms contact Colon Surgeons of Charleston and Dr. Margarita Murphy today. We will work with you to find a successful treatment plan that gets you back to you!
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