Crohn's disease is complicated and every patient is affected differently. Learn the facts so you can better control your condition.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Crohn's Disease
1. Crohn's disease is an autoimmune disease, meaning your immune system mistakenly attacks your GI tract, causing pain, fever, upset stomach, and more.
2. The most common type of Crohn's causes inflammation at the base of the small intestine and the top of the large intestine. Another common type of Crohn's affects only the large intestine.
3. We don't know what causes Crohn's, but certain foods can lead to symptom flare-ups. These differ for everyone, but common triggers include alcohol, nuts and seeds, whole grains, and fried foods.
4. People with Crohn's have higher rates of depression and anxiety, and stress is a common trigger for flare-ups. That's why managing mental health, along with following your treatment plan and making smart diet choices, is key to controlling Crohn's.
5. Even if your Crohn's is in remission, meaning you don't have any symptoms, you should keep taking your medications. Studies show stopping meds can increase your risk of having a flare-up.
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Medical Reviewers:William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Review Date:06-12-2020
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