Two distinct ailments that share a common thread are Crohn’s, a disease of the gastrointestinal tract that may affect any part of the digestive system from the mouth to the anus and ulcerative Colitis, a chronic inflammatory condition that is limited to the colon. Both disease states share a similar set of uncomfortable symptoms: diarrhea, rectal bleeding, urgent bowel movements, abdominal cramps and pain, and constipation.
Crohn’s and Colitis are major categories of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which affects an estimated 1.6 million Americans and 233,000 Canadians. Symptoms range from fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, night sweats and the loss of a normal menstrual cycle. IBD is marked, say experts, by an abnormal response by the body’s sensitive immune system. (Note: it is the body’s immune system that causes the problem).
There is currently no known cure for Crohn's and Colitis however therapies can greatly reduce its signs and symptoms and even bring about long-term remission. With treatment, many people with Crohn's disease are able to function well.