How Crohn's Disease Affects People Who Suffer From It
By Sarah Jenkins
Crohn's Disease is a difficult disorder for those that suffer from it, both physically and mentally. This disorder causes inflammation of the intestines, which can be very painful, as well as other physical side effects that can be wearisome emotionally.
In the list of physical side effects associated with Crohn's Disease there are diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, ulcers, intestinal bleeding, loss of appetite, and malnutrition. Basically, what takes place is the intestines swell; as a result, certain areas of the walls develop sores which bleed; the inflammation is painful as well as the ulcers that form. Because during the swelling process excess water and salt are released, sufferers experience diarrhea as the body tries to expel extra fluid.
All of the physical characteristics of Crohn's Disease are painful and challenging. However, dealing with the pain of a chronic illness is often detrimental to one's mental state as well.
Misconceptions regarding the cause of Crohn's Disease also fuel the emotional distress of sufferers. For years, people have been inaccurately told emotions play a role in Crohn's Disease and other inflammatory bowel disorders - either that it was a figment of their imaginations or brought on by mental unstableness; neither of which are true.
Another difficult aspect to deal with is the strain and embarrassment of excessive diarrhea and gas. When out in public, sudden urges to go to the restroom that sometimes lead to accidents are humiliating. Other people rarely understand the depth of the disorder.
Likewise, people do not typically understand the amount of pain experienced by someone with Crohn's. Either met with disbelief or misunderstanding, sufferers typically feel as though they must constantly explain themselves and a disorder they would probably rather keep private.
Many of the physical side effects of Crohn's can be treated with medication or surgery. The fact that no cure exists can be disheartening, but help is available. The important thing for people suffering from Crohn's to remember is that they are not alone, their symptoms are treatable, and they do not have to suffer the effects of Crohn's Disease indefinitely.
When symptoms flare up, sufferers should seek the care and advice of a physician. If the emotional stress of the disorder becomes unbearable or too much to handle, psychological help may be needed as well. Getting help from a trained professional familiar with the effects of chronic illness may be very helpful in helping sufferers of the disease cope with their circumstances. More information on coping with this disease is available in ebook 2 of "A Complete Guide to Crohn's Disease and Possible Treatments."
About The Author
Sarah Jenkins is an acclaimed writer on medical matters, and has written extensively on the subjects of Attention Deficit Disorder, Bird Flu and Crohn's Disease.
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