“Ohhh Girl, it’s part of my new diet. It’s crow.”
“Your doctor told you to eat crow?”
“Yeah, he said because my tummy’s been so upset, I ought to start a Crows Diet, so I’m startin’ tonight with Crow Parmesan. Don’t it smell good?”
“Cherlene, do you think he might have meant, Crohns Diet?”
Your stomach has been hurting more than normal these days. Seems everything you eat sends you to the toilet for the rest of the day. Maybe you’ve even noticed some blood in your stool. If this is the case, then it’s time to get to the doctor and find out if you need a Crohns Diet.
What is the Crohn’s of a Crohns Diet?
Crohn’s Disease is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) that can break out along the entire length of the Gastrointestinal Tract.
- Small Intestines
- Large Intestines (colon)
Any of these structures can break out with Crohn’s Disease, either individually or in multiple places. The sporadic nature of the illness is what makes it, thus far, incurable. It is one of the reasons for the need for a Crohns Diet.
*WARNING: The following video shows footage of a colonoscopy, viewer discretion is advised.
This disease can vary greatly in its severity. From a minor nuisance that shows up occasionally, to a major disruptive state of being, which requires surgery to get any relief. It can affect your lifestyle greatly if left unchecked. Things like, needing a Crohns Diet to keep from living in the bathroom. Some of the symptoms can be:
- Upset stomach
- Diarrhea (occasionally bloody)
These are the most commonly noticed symptoms. They are observable by the patient. There are however, other effects of Crohn’s that will need a doctor to explore. They are located along the inside of the GI Tract.
- Granulomas (nodules of lumped cells along the GI Tract)
- Sporadic Inflammation Pattern
- Fissures and Fistulas (lacerations and boils)
To see these symptoms and make an accurate, definitive diagnosis requires more than just a good Crohns Diet, it requires medical testing.
Proper diagnosis is important when it comes to IBDs, as there are several types that are similar, and the ultimate treatments of which are markedly different. To get a formal diagnosis and get started with your Crohns Diet, you may have one or all of the following procedures:
- Blood Tests (CBC)
- X-rays (Barium Fluoroscope)
- Gastroscopy (run a camera on a tube thorough the mouth along the upper GI Tract)
- Colonoscopy (run a camera on a tube thorough the anus along the lower GI Tract)
Based on the test results and what the doctor sees, you might receive a diagnosis of one of the IBD illnesses.
So now you know you have Crohn’s Disease what can you do about it? And although there is no known permanent cure, there are 3 basic types of effective treatment:
- Crohns Diet
All have shown positive results in relieving symptoms of this potentially debilitating disease.
- 5-ASA (aspirin)
- Corticosteroids (short term use only)
- Antibiotics (only when indicated)
The truth about the Crohns Diet is that there is not one. Whatever diet you come up with will be an individual one that works for you. There are foods that appear to affect Crohn’s sufferers more than others so use caution when ingesting them.
- Raw Fruits and Veggies
- Nuts and Grains (gluten)
Other than that, it will be up to you to determine which foods set off your IBD and which ones do not. The best way to do this is to keep a Food Diary for about a month. This gives you enough time to notice patterns; good and bad.
- What you eat
- How much you eat
- When you eat
- What liquids do to you
- Change your eating habits (time, amount, frequency) and record the results
- Record anything that affects your Bowel Movements and Gastric comfort level
This is the only way you will be able to come up with a Crohns Diet that is effective for you.
Surgery is a last attempt to ease the pain of Crohn’s. It is still only a temporary fix, as the entire Gastric Canal is fair game for the disease to crop up in. Take one offending part out, and it is very likely that it will return somewhere else along the route. In extreme cases though this option is used for symptom relief.
Does a Crohns Diet Work?
Yes, a Crohns Diet will work, but only after you confirm the diagnosis, and only in concert with other treatments available to you. From simple medicines, to the right food, to surgery; Crohn’s Disease can be a daunting foe, but with a little homework and effort a Crohns Diet will go a long way toward vanquishing the enemy.
What is the most important thing to record in your Food Journal?
a. How many Hot Dogs you eat
b. What you drink
c. Calories per meal
d. Patterns related to your Crohn’s flare-ups
What does IBD stand for?
I____________ B______ D_______
Which is NOT a physical side effect of Crohn’s Disease?
b. Abdominal Pain
c. Sinus Infection
Answers at the bottom of the page!
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Answers: 1) d, 2) Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 3) c