Crohn’s disease is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. Like many other diseases, there are several different courses of treatment that can be followed for Crohn’s sufferers, depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms. It can be daunting to try to choose the right Crohn’s disease treatment for you, and you may have to try a few different ones before you find what works for you. Work with your doctor to find the best course of treatment.
“As with any condition or disease, the treatment plan
for managing your Crohn’s disease should always be
the result of careful consideration and discussion
with and by your doctor.”
In many cases, the first line of treatment for Crohn’s sufferers will be medications. The use of medications as a treatment for Crohn’s disease is aimed at achieving different goals. First, it is designed to treat the pain symptoms that can be debilitating for many sufferers. Medications can also be useful in treating the rectal bleeding that can be one of the hallmarks of the disease. Finally, medications can be used to reduce the inflammation in the bowel. In some cases, medication can be taken orally, but because of the nature of Crohn’s disease, often a doctor will recommend an intravenous drug treatment.
Intravenous drug therapy typically involves the patient being infused with a certain drug or combination of drugs on a regular schedule, to keep the levels of the drug at consistent levels in the body. If symptoms do not improve or worsen, it may be necessary to increase the frequency of infusions to give the patient higher levels of the drug on a consistent basis.
Nutritional supplements may also be recommended by your doctor. Usually, this course of treatment is recommended for children with Crohn’s disease whose height may be delayed as a result of Crohn’s.
A last resort is usually surgery. Although this is of course the most invasive treatment for Crohn’s, it is often the best and only choice for those with severe symptoms. Many people find they achieve long-lasting results from surgery for their Crohn’s disease, which is why surgery continues to be a popular option despite the risks.
As with any condition or disease, the treatment plan for managing your Crohn’s disease should always be the result of careful consideration and discussion with and by your doctor. Each person’s situation will be different, and there will be other contributing factors such as age, overall health, severity of symptoms, etc. that will go into the decision as to which treatment option is best for your situation. It may be that you have to try more than one, or a combination of treatments, before you find the combination that controls your symptoms and improves your overall quality of life.
Crohn’s disease can be very debilitating when it is not controlled, but the good news is this: With the variety of treatment options available, there’s a very good chance that you and your doctor can work together to find the treatment option that will work the best for your particular situation.
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