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Living with crohn’s disease

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Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that leads to several health complications like abdominal pain, fever, loss of weight and appetite, fatigue,diarrhoea , rectal bleeding, etc. You may also need to undergo surgery.

Once you have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, you have to be cautious about many things for the tenure of the symptoms and the disease itself is not known. We help you to manage your lifestyle when you are suffering from Crohn’s disease.

Diet and Nutrition

Diet and nutrition are variable facts because the foods that suit your system may worsen the health of others. Thus, you need to plan your diet keeping the following facts in mind:

  • Choose lactose free foods if you are lactose intolerant
  • Reduce intake of fibres (nuts, seeds, raw vegetables, milk, etc.) if you are prone to diarrhoea and loose bowels
  • Try to eat small meals in frequent intervals instead of stuffing your stomach in one go
  • Have foods low in fat and salt. Reduce intake of greasy and deep fried foods
  • If you are losing weight, then increase your daily calorie intake
  • It’s better to eat moderately bland foods than consuming spicy varieties
  • Avoid eating acidity and gas causing foods and drinks

Your doctor might prescribe you multivitamins to fulfil the nutrition need of your body. It’s important for you to maintain hydration- drink water and if needed have electrolyte drinks as well. Do not gulp or drink down in hurry.

Lastly, pen down whatever you are eating in a diary.

Take your medicines on time

Taking medicines as directed by your doctor is utmost important and you cannot skip them. Set reminders if you tend to forget but make sure you have correct dosage on right time. Also complete the course to improve the symptoms.

Carry medicines while travelling.

Get rid of emotional stress and fatigue

When the symptoms flare up, there’s great deal of physical and emotional stress associated with Crohn’s disease. However, you can manage them when with relaxation techniques like breathing therapies, yoga, meditation, or anything that keeps you happy. For best results, hire a trainer who can teach you the therapeutic healing techniques. Your health, emotional wellbeing and relationships improve when you get relieved from stress and fatigue.

Also try to indulge in mild exercises to improve your stamina. But check with your doctor before doing so...

Watch out for public toilets and do not be ashamed...

While going out on any social or official occasions, make sure the place has proper access to toilets. Carry extra underwear, tissues and other toiletries to cope with an emergency situation.

Consult with your doctor before going on long tours. Ask him about the prospects of your health while travelling. Avoid bus journeys or public mode of transport on long routes.

Do not be embarrassed to get intimate with your partner

When symptoms flare up, you are not sure of how long they can last. However, do not let negative emotions affect your personal life. Share with your partner what makes you feel better and gives you comfort.

Emotional issues, side effects of medicines and post surgery complications might affect your urge to have sex. It’s better to consult with your doctor so that you can deal with your problem and at the same time enjoy a healthy sex life.

Living with Crohn’s disease becomes easy when you have an optimistic approach towards life. You can also visit support centres to get assistance. Just remember, you are not alone!

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 27, 2015