Do you want to have more control over your Crohn’s disease? Here’s what Crohn’s disease doctors suggest you can do to help prevent and shorten flares, ease symptoms, and protect your overall health.
Living with Crohn’s can often be an uphill battle. Flare ups happen sometimes out of the blue and you find yourself stick in bathrooms for most of the day.
. Here are 9 things you can to do to have more control over your Crohn’s disease as suggested by doctors.
You can reduce your Crohn’s disease symptoms by eating smaller amounts more frequently. My doctor suggested 5 or 6 smaller meals during the day.
Also, limit high-fiber foods such as corn, nuts, seeds, and popcorn. These can cause tremendous pain. I can tolerate corn but not the nuts, seeds, and popcorn. Yes I admit I cheat I cant go to the movies and not eat popcorn.
When you’re recovering from a flare, be extra cautious about what you eat. “Sometimes when people are feeling better, they liberalize their diet too soon and overindulge,” Dr. Bosworth says. “This can really set them back,” and your Crohn’s disease symptoms may return with a vengeance.
Listen to your doctor about treatment
Your doctor will work with you to find the best treatment just for you. Take your medication as directed. Some people tend to stop taking their medications when they start to feel better which can incur a flare up.
Even when your doing everything right and taking your meds like your supposed to, you can still have a flare up.
I am currently going through a reevaluation of my Humira right now. My doctor had adjusted my shot from 1 every two weeks to 2 every two weeks. I am still going through a bad flare up and we are looking at other options.
Having a chronic disease you may tend to ignore small changes or even minimize the symptoms your feeling. Small symptoms can become large ones. Talk to your doctor about any changes that you are feeling even if they are small ones.
This one was hard for me to do. It took years of quitting before I actually quit. I’ve been smoke free for 8 years now!
Quitting lowers your risk of a flare by 65 percent. When you smoke, your chance of needing surgery nearly doubles.
Crohn’s disease can cause fatigue and muscle weakness.
Research presented at the Digestive Disease Week meeting in May 2013 found that people who took extra vitamin D (2,000 international units per day) had less fatigue and were better able to perform their daily activities.
Vitamin D is produced by the body naturally with sun exposure 10 to 15 minutes in the sun three times a week will get you what you need.
Now if your like me, dairy is not your friend. Use supplements.
Women with Crohn’s disease should get a bone density test to measure their bone density. Most people with Crohn’s disease don’t absorb calcium or vitamin D as easily as the general population through foods and dairy intake.
Work with your doctor on a bone health plan. This is especially important if your Crohn’s disease treatment includes steroid medications.
Research presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology in October 2013 found that people with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease may be at an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. One of the risk factors for these events is high cholesterol.
Being under a great deal of stress can make your symptoms worse and can trigger a flare. While not all stress can be avoided, there are healthy ways to reduce stress. These include exercise, yoga, meditation, and deep breathing.
What are some tips that you have used to help control Crohn’s?