Here Are 16 Things People With Crohn’s Disease Would Like You To Know

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Crohn’s disease. Perhaps you’ve heard of it but don’t really know what it is. Don’t feel bad – most people are probably unfamiliar with the inflammatory illness which usually strikes the stomach and intestines. The most common location for a potential flare-up is in the lower bowel. With said condition come symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, pain, and in some severe cases, the need for corrective surgery and perhaps a colostomy bag.

But there is much more to the illness then a simple medical definition. In fact those who suffer from the physical aspects of Crohn’s would like you to know a thing or two about what it’s like to live with it every day. So on the next few pages you will find 16 pieces of valuable information they can hopefully clarify for you the difference between this and other elements, as well as debunking some of the myths that come with Crohn’s. Read on.

1. Crohn’s Is An Inflammatory Disorder

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2. It’s Not The Same As Colitis, But Both Are Types Of Irritated Bowel Disease (Not Syndrome)

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3. There’s No Real ‘Cause’ For the Disease. It Just Happens

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4. Diagnosis Can Take Time And Be Very Frustrating

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5. Crohn’s Can Affect Other Areas, Like The Mouth And Joints

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6. The Diagnosis Is Different For Everyone

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7. A Lot Of Planning Goes Into Each Day

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8. There Are A Lot Of Unexpected Challenges

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9. You Always Need A Toilet Nearby

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10. You Get Good At Hiding Your Symptoms

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11. Treatment Can Leave You Feeling Worse

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12. Surgery Is An Option For Some People

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13. Support From Friends And Family Is Crucial

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14. There Is A Huge Psychological Impact

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15. Living With Crohn’s Requires A Lot Of Mental Strength

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16. And Believe It Or Not, Life Goes On

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Here’s A More Medically Oriented Overview

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