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Living with Crohn’s disease: Recognizing and managing flares
- By John Garber, MD, Contributor
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There’s always been non-offical apps for crohns patients. I personally find it hard to figure out what to track and how to make sense of my symptoms.
I am an Ulcerative Colitis afflicted male and after having j-pouch, BCIR pouch & Ileostomy surgical complications I am not only left with no Large Intestine and only 1 foot of Small Intestine leaving me with Short Bowel Syndrome! I used to use Tincture of Opium to manage my rapid output and Diarrhea, now I am using Suboxone but the cost is still around $300. a month and I’m on disability. Is there something I can use that use effectively in the $75.00 or less monthly? Thank you very much for your time and assistance !
Living with Crohn’s disease definitely is hard… besides from the discomfort it causes, did you know it can be a cause of colon cancer? That is because when Crohn’s occurs, polyps are more likely to appear, so you’re more likely to get cancer. That’s why in addition to lifestyle changes, you should also get colorectal cancer screening from an earlier age.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people.
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