Sunday, 23 September 2007

Chrons Disease - What to expect

When you are first diagnosed with Chrons disease the prospect can be very frightening, especially as there are so many unknowns. Even the doctors cannot be totally sure! So what can you expect? Well here are a few of the facts:

People with Chrons disease often go through periods of improvement which are then followed by deterioration and increased symptoms again sometimes these periods of remission can go on for years. If you have chrons, you have an increased risk of small bowel or colorectal carcinoma.

Complications associated with Chrons Disease

* You can get fistulas in the following areas:
o Bladder
o Vagina
o Skin
* Bowel obstructions
* Abscess
* Nutritional deficiencies (commonly vitamin B12 deficiency)
* Complications of corticosteroid therapy
* Erythema nodosum
* Pyoderma gangrenosum
* Inflammation of the joints
* Lesions in the eye
* Impaired growth and sexual development in children

Obviously when you reading this list can be very frightening and I don't think anyone has had ALL these complications with Chrons. I feel that it is important to know the facts about Chrons, but it is also important to know that there is also a whole life to live EVEN if you have Chrons Disease.

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