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Understanding Crohn’s Disease

Few people actually know what IBD  is unless it affects them or a loved one personally. It’s not something that I’m used to talking about openly, and some of you reading this might even be surprised to learn that it affects me.  Not only is it painful, but it’s painfully awkward and uncomfortable to deal with.

One frequent misconception about Crohn’s disease is that it’s like Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or “spastic colon.”  IBS is a fairly common problem that affects a person’s large intestine, and it’s usually is marked with symptoms like cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Crohn’s and Colitis are actually more serious intestinal disorders. In many cases, people with IBS can control their symptoms by managing their diet, lifestyle and stress. The same isn’t exactly true for those with IBD.

In order to shed some light on the issue, I’ve assembled a page of links for you to visit and learn more about IBD and Crohn’s.

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Page: About Crohn’s disease

What causes Crohn’s Disease?

WeAreCrohns.org – a social network for Crohnies!

The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

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One Response to “Understanding Crohn’s Disease”

  1. Sylvia said

    I thought you might like to see this. I might have sent it to you before.

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