Crohn’s disease is always found in the digestive system, but it is usually found in the intestines. The common type of this condition is called Crohn’s Ileitis because it is found at the end of the small intestines in an area referred to as the terminal ileum. Most of the cases of this condition reported are in this area, and this is also a place where many problems can erupt. If your doctor tells you this is what you have, they will want to keep a very close eye on the many things that can happen in the intestines, but the entire digestive tract can be affected.
It is most common to find out you have Crohn’s Ileitis during your teenage years or early twenties. It is often mistaken for something else, and sometimes the symptoms are shrugged off as something less serious like a bad diet or too much stress. It is hard to diagnose at first, so this happens more often than not. The inflammation might be hard to spot at first, but once things get to the point where the health is being affected, the inflammation should become more apparent.
Inflammation is the root cause of Crohn’s disease symptoms although the cause of the inflammation is not always clear. There is no cure, and there is no known reason that has been proven to be the cause of this condition. It affects about half a million people in the US, and can lead to a host of problems if left untreated.
Once the inflammation in the small intestines gets out of control, the entire systems starts to shut down. Bleeding tears can occur, and in some cases, the intestines become blocked. When this happens, surgery is almost always a certainty.
Crohns’ disease can be considered an autoimmune problems for those afflicted. Some research has suggested that the inflammation is something that happens when the body begins to attack itself, but no one is quite sure why that happens. Though some say stress and lifestyle may contribute to cases of Crohn’s Ileitis, there is no evidence that this is the case. However, change in diet and reduction of stress can help a patient feel better when combined with medical care and intervention. Treatment is for some people a life long struggle, but quality of life can be greatly improved.
The most troubling symptoms of Crohn’s are bloody and frequent diarrhea, weight loss, pain and cramping, and extreme fatigue accompanied by weakness. Medical treatment can consist of surgery, medications, lifestyle change, and herbal remedies, but these are not meant to be a cure. They are a way of putting the condition into remission if at all possible.
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Those with some of the more Crohn’s Ileitis severe symptoms often need to have emergency care. When it is apparent that someone is losing weight and their bodies are struggling to get nutrition, IV fluids can be administered, and operations are done to fix the more immediate issues such as blockage or even fissures in the intestines.
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