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by chrismess28

my doc called me yesterday and told me i have crohns

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by: Annette Young

Hello there,

I'm really sorry to hear that you have had your diagnosis confirmed and that it is Crohn's disease.

I would like to say first of all, don't panic. I don't know if you are aware of the disease and all of its implications or if you have been experiencing severe pain for a long time as you didn't provide in-depth details.

The one thing you do have to know with Crohn's disease is that stress and anxiety can make it much, much worse, and when you can accept the disease and learn to identify the pattern as to how it affects you personally, you can make some headway with it.

I will assume that you know very little about the disease and will give you some main tips which should give you a solid starting point:

1. You need to look at your food and to ascertain if anything that you are eating is acting as a trigger. It can help if you keep a food diary, jot down everything that you eat and also the times when the Crohn's disease is bad. You may well start to see a pattern emerging.

2. Eliminate hard to digests foods, alcohol, dairy products and if you smoke, stop.

3. Ensure that you take your medication regularly and without missing it. Consistency is key. If you find that any particular medication is not working for you, do not be afraid to go back to your doctor and seek out additional help. You are entitled to it.

4. Learn to alleviate stress. At one time stress was considered to be a cause of Crohn's disease, but it has been established that it is a powerful trigger and can certainly make the disease flare-up which should be avoided at all costs. Try anything that will help you to relax i.e.relaxation techniques, meditation, walking, yoga.

5. Adopt a more holistic approach to life, and learn to listen to your body. If you feel fatigued, rest, when you feel more energized, try to do some exercise as this will help.

6. Communicate to those around you and explain what Crohn's disease is. Too many people feel embarrassed by the condition but the more that people talk about it the less isolating the condition will make you.

I hope this helps, and wish you the very best of luck.

Do let is know how you're getting on.

Annette

hey its ok
by: Abby

Hey,
I was diagnosed with chron's two years ago! Im twelve now almsot thirteen! My life is still going on, sure i get Remicade treatments every six weeks, take over three hundred pills a month, Get bone scans quite a lot, and am not aloud to play sports :(
But its ok!Im living life and having some great times with my friends and family. If you need to talk...... Im here.

Questions about crohns
by: Anonymous

I have been suffering with crohns for a while not. Please feel free to contact me at paulah28@yahoo.com with any questions you may have. I would be happy to help you in any way I can.


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