While Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects the muscle contractions of the bowel, Crohn's Disease involves intestinal inflammation and sections of the bowel that fail to absorb nutrients. The two conditions can overlap.
While doctors are not absolutely sure what actually causes Crohn's disease it has been determined it is not the same thing as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Symptoms of Crohn's
Symptoms of Crohn's disease include chronic diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss, fever, abdominal tenderness, a feeling of mass of fullness in the lower right abdomen.
There may be intestinal wall thickening, strictures (scar tissue), which can lead to obstruction or fistulas (abnormal passageways from one part of the bowel to another or to nearby tissues, even the bladder or vagina).
Children and teens have unpredictable episodes of severe symptoms followed by remission, which could last days, weeks or years.
The 5 Types of Crohn's Dis~Ease
Ileocolitis (most common) ~ Small intestine and colon. Weight loss, diarrhea and cramping in the middle or lower right ab.
Gastroduodenal Crohn's ~ Stomach and duodenum (the first part of the intestine). Nausea, weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting when narrow segments of the bowel are obstructed.
Ileitis ~ The ileum. Same as Ileocolitis, but with abcesses or fistulas possible forming in lower right ab.
Jejunoileitis ~ Affects the jejunum, the upper half of the small intestine. Areas of inflammation, cramps after eating, diarrhea, abdominal pain that can get intense. May also cause the formation of fistulas,
Crohn's Colitis ~ Only the colon. Skin lesions, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, formation of ulcers, fistulas or abcesses around the anus. Joint pain.
Possible Causes & Complications of Crohn's
Crohn's disease is a condition resulting from an abnormal immune response (often found in Jewish ancestry) and implies inflammation and, possibly, ulcers and or infection.
It is believed in some circles that amalgams and vaccinations are suspect as possible causes of Crohn's Disease, due to mercury toxicity.
Sections of the intestine may not be able to absorb nutrients, especially B 12 and bile. Surgery may be necessary to remove the part that isn't working, but, i am sorry to say, Crohn's usually comes back to another section of intestine at a later date.
What Doctors are Doing
Treatment is often aimed at controlling inflammation, correct any nutritional or enzyme deficiencies and relieving symptoms of pain, fever and diarrhea.
Medical doctors prescribe anit-inflammatories, antidiarrheals, antibiotics when infection is present, and immune suppressing drugs, including corticosteroids. However, antibiotics can be the cause of a flare up, as can NSAIDS (aspirin, naproxin (better known as Aleve), ibuprofen), which are anti-inflammatory medications.
Willow bark is the natural herb Aspirin is derived from. Do NOT use Willow bark when you have Crohn's Disease. Take Tylonol instead, but follow directions on the label to avoid liver damage.
Natural Old World Remedies for Crohn's Dis~Ease
When you have Crohn's disease, it is important to limit high-fiber foods, raw vegetables, fruits that have skins, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
Avoid excess lactose (in milk and dairy products), processed foods, spicy, high-fat, and greasy foods.
While you will also want to avoid refined sugar and excess fruit juices, raw honey is actually beneficial.
Do not smoke and do not inhale secondhand smoke.
If you find eliminating grains from your diet creates remarkable improvements or a full remission you are likely to have Celiac's dis-ease, which is a sensitivity or allergy to gluten. I would also like to add that some folks, while not necessarily sensitive to gluten, are, in fact, sensitive to the chemicals in processed grains used for preserving and adding flavor.
Follow all of my natural remedy suggestions for Irritable Bowel Syndrome for preventing, managing and erasing symptoms of Crohn"s Disease.
Crohn's Dis-Ease Associations
Spiritual/Psychological causes of Crohn's are comparatively similar to those of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Irritable Bowel has many different symptoms and each symptom is an expression of something going on in the mind. When it comes to IBS, there is gut-wrenching dread over something. You are worried, and this may be an understatement.
Flatulence (burping and passing gas) - Something in your life is making you gulp like a fish out of water. Fear is implied here, for whatever reason. Is there an aspect of your life you are having a hard time controlling or digesting?
Mucous in the Stool - Mired in the past. There are layers of confused thoughts and you are having a hard time assimilating the new.
Cramps - Fear of letting go of the unnecessary or unwanted in life ( relationships, objects, old worn out commitments, etc.). Holding on out of fear of what is coming next, which may be unknown.
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