Crohn’s Disease: How to Reduce the Suffering
Crohn’s disease is a highly painful disease which causes inflammation of the digestive system. There are approximately 115,000 people in the UK who live with the condition and although the cause has not yet been established, there are a number of potential triggers. It can affect people of all ages, but many people start to develop the condition between the ages of 16 and 30.
Most people experience abdominal bloating, constipation, diarrhea or irritable bowel at some point but in the case of Crohn’s disease, sometimes a hospital stay or, surgery is required. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Crohn’s disease and anxiety often increases as a result of worrying about coping and pain management or, through the symptoms being so severe. This can lead to the condition becoming worse.
Crohn’s most commonly affects the ileum or the colon but can affect any part of the digestive system. There may be patches of inflammation or extensive areas of pain. It is known as a chronic condition and is life-long. There will be periods of remission and flare-ups, so treatment and the management of Crohn’s is paramount. By its very nature, Crohn’s is often a secretive and somewhat embarrassing disease and is often disruptive, affecting work and personal relationships. The more transparent an individual can be toward work colleagues, friends and family, the better. It certainly gives others the option of being supportive during times of a flare-up.
Crohn’s Disease Complications
Unfortunately, complications by way of strictures, perforations or fistulas can occur in the gut but other complications include skin problems, inflammation of the liver, blood clots, anemia, thinning bones or even inflammation of the eyes.
Crohn’s Disease Treatment
While there’s no cure for Crohn’s disease, it is important to seek professional diagnosis and to begin treatment, which can help to keep the condition under control. The aim is to reduce and stop any inflammation. Often steroid medication is prescribed and, if this is unsuccessful, immunosuppressants may be given. Often sufferers turn to complementary therapies to help ease their symptoms and certainly relaxation techniques and meditation can help to combat anxieties or stress which will help to reduce the severity of any attacks.
Visiting a Chiropractor for treatment can also be helpful. Spinal misalignment will impact the nervous system’s ability to communicate effectively with the digestive system. This is significant, because every bodily process is controlled by the central nervous system.
While it is true to say that much about Crohn’s disease is still a mystery, research has indicated that chiropractic care can help to minimize the effect of Crohn’s on an individual. Where there is a link between spinal subluxation and the immune system, adjustment can provide relief from this disease. It is worth considering visiting a Chiropractor to complement and support whatever medical treatment is being received. This can help sufferers to lead a more normal life, rather than being governed by the disease.