How to Take Control of Crohn’s Flare-Ups
With Crohn's, inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract can come and go as diet, exercise, sleep, sickness, or any number of factors are either present or absent. Sometimes, symptoms can occur for no apparent reason. Many individuals can go multiple days, even weeks without any symptoms or signs of inflammation. Then, all of the sudden, symptoms can flare up and persist.
During a flare-up, a person’s gastrointestinal tract becomes inflamed, which can lead to frequent or urgent bowel movements and pain in the abdomen. In some cases, this can lead to fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, bloody stool, and diarrhea. If nothing is done to prevent flare-ups, symptoms can progressively get worse over time. Any number of symptoms can be present, since the GI tract runs from the mouth to the anus, and any and all symptoms should be reported to doctors as they occur.
Managing flare ups is an essential part of maintaining a high quality of life, and there are many tangible steps that can lead to a quick relief of symptoms. Additionally, many preventative measures can be taken to promote healing in the gastrointestinal tract, which can lead to less frequent and less severe flare-ups. In treating Crohn’s disease, the goal should always be to prevent and reduce the severity of symptoms. While the disease may not be curable yet, it is certainly manageable.