How does Crohn’s disease affect daily life?

Common dietary problems during Crohn's disease flares include:
 
  • Severe diarrhea. This can lead to dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities.
  • Malabsorption. Inflammation in the small intestine can make it more difficult to absorb nutrients.
  • Lack of appetite. You may not feel like eating much if you're experiencing nausea and vomiting. This can make it difficult to get enough calories and nutrients.
  • Malnutrition. You may feel like eating less to avoid symptoms if you're having numerous bowel movements during the day.
 
 
Diet change/control may help ease symptoms of Crohn's disease:
 
  • Eat smaller meals
  • Drink small amounts of water
  • Avoid high-fiber foods
  • Avoid fatty, greasy, or fried foods
  • Limit dairy products
  • Limit caffeine intake
 
 
Co-occurring conditions
Crohn’s disease may cause other health problems. These may include:
 
  • A blocked intestine
  • A fistula in nearby tissues that can get infected
  • Fissures in the anus
  • Problems with liver function
  • Gallstones
  • A lack of some nutrients, such as calories, proteins, and vitamins
  • Anemia
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Skin problems
  • Eye or mouth redness or swelling
 
living with crohn's disease
 

Sources
  • "Crohn's Disease | NIDDK." National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.
  • Konkel, Lindsey. "What Is Crohn's Disease?" Crohn's Disease - Prevelance, Causes & Risks | Everyday Health. Veryday Health Media, LLC, 10 Mar. 2017. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.
  • Crohn's Disease." Crohn's Disease | Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library. Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library, n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.

 

From Our Community: Living with Crohn's Disease (Journal Entry)

Author: Charlie B.

 

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