Crohn’s disease, also known as ileitis or enteritis, is a chronic gastrointestinal system disorder causing inflammation anywhere along your digestive tract.
The symptoms of Crohn’s Disease most often experienced are lower right abdominal pain and diarrhea. In addition to these, some other signs may be present, like:
And rectal bleeding may be extensive enough to cause anemia.
There is no special diet for preventing or treating Crohn’s disease. However, some changes to your diet may help reduce your diarrhea and abdominal pain. Some diet changes many report making to help ease their painfully chronic symptoms include avoiding certain foods, like:
- hot spices
- greasy foods
- sometimes milk
Due to the nature of this chronic disease, it is very important to follow a nutritious diet, and avoid those foods that you’ve discovered worsen your symptoms.
Crohn’s disease cannot be cured. Major treatment goals are to prevent its recurrences and treat the additional complications of this disease. Some may experience long periods of symptom free remission, with symptoms only periodically occurring throughout their life.
The most common additional complication that Crohn’s disease creates is intestinal blockage due to responsive intestinal wall thickening. Also, it may cause:
- skin problems
- nutritional deficiencies
- eyes or mouth inflammation
- kidney stones and gallstones
- other liver and biliary system diseases
- small fissure tears may develop in the membrane of your anus
- tunneling sores (ulcers) creating infection prone fistulas to surrounding areas
Crohn’s disease symptoms are similar to other intestinal disorders, such as:
Therefore, it can be difficult to diagnose. Consult with your physician anytime you experience ongoing (chronic) digestive issues.