Crohn's disease directory
Crohn's disease is a chronic digestive disorder that is characterised by inflammation in the colon, rectum, small intestine, and occasionally even the stomach, mouth and oesophagus. It is similar in symptoms to ulcerative colitis, but affects more areas of the digestive system. Symptoms of the inflammation associated with Crohn's disease can range from fever, weight loss and abdominal pain to diarrhoea and rectal bleeding. According to the NHS, at least 115,000 people in the UK have Crohn's disease. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about how Crohn's disease develops, what it looks like, how to treat it and much more.
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It's more than 20 years since her diagnosis of Crohn's disease but the mother of three and voice coach still has excruciating stomach pains that stop her from eating for weeks.It makes me smile when I hear of people not eating for a few days, she says. A couple of years ago I didn't eat for 90 days. Some sufferers can go for months without symptoms but I suffer constantly from stomach ache and diarrhoea.I live with low-level pain most of the time, although if I'm struggling I take paracetamol.I've lived on nutritional drinks, but I haven't had to do that for the last two years, which is great because they taste horrible.Carrie says coping with the disease is more of a mental battle than a physical one, but one that she's winning. Crohn's never goes away but I feel a lot more in control of it now than when I was younger, she says.It used to really get me down, which just made me more ill, but now I'm a lot more positive.As I get older I find that having a positive
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