My Name is Rahul, I and I have been suffering from Crohn's Disease for about 7 years now. Currently, I am recovering from my disease.
This article is all about how to live a happy and healthy lifestyle even if you have Crohn's disease or another type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
What Is Crohn's Diseases and What Causes it?
Crohn's is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract. While there are no proven causes, scientists believe it's a combination of genetics, immune system problems, and environmental factors.
In my case, my doctors informed me that high levels of stress likely triggered my Crohn's symptoms.
Editor's note: Although stress doesn't cause Crohn's disease, it can make your signs and symptoms worse and may trigger flare-ups.
What I Experience as a Person With Crohn's
Due to Crohn's, I have suffered a lot of weight loss as well as appetite loss. On top of that, the pain can be really troublesome at times—to the point that it messes with my sleep schedule,
Besides that, I tend to visit the toilet a lot due to constant diarrhea—an average of 8-9 times per day. Due to this, I also suffered from muscle weakness and had no energy at all. I would only be able to walk for about 5-10 minutes before getting dizzy and fainting.
With all these complications, many Crohn's disease patients tend to be afraid to even step out of their homes to enjoy life since the fear of diarrhea and weakness is enough to traumatize an individual. This includes me.
Is There a Cure?
No, at present time there is no cure for the disease. While there are clinical trials for new treatments and medication, at this time the disease only can be controlled through medication and proper self-care.
Though there is no scientific cure for the disease, there have been cases where people claim that they have put their Crohn's into complete remission by living in a healthier environment and following a healthy lifestyle.
What I Do for Self-Care
There are a few important steps a Crohn's patient should follow in order to successfully control the disease. I have taken my recovery very seriously and have found that these few easy steps can help lead to a much healthier lifestyle and a quicker recovery when a flare-up strikes.
The first and most important step is to not stress out unnecessarily. As stress is one of the main triggers, it is best to stay calm. While many find this is easier said than done, it is important to note that stress isn't going to solve your problems either.
I practice yoga and meditation, which tends to help a lot in terms of relaxation and peace. This is what helped me with my recovery.
Avoid Foods That Hinder Healing
My doctor has mentioned that my consumption of food has no impact on the disease. This is in fact a true statement. However, even though it does not contribute to making your disease worse, it can help in helping you recover faster.
A simple example of this is an ulcer in your mouth: It will not get better if you are consuming salty or spicy foods that result in irritation.
Though Crohn's disease patients may suffer from loss of energy, it should not stop us from exercising and staying fit since this helps strengthen our immune system, which will, in turn, help us control our disease and face fewer issues in the future.
My recommendation on the matter is to not do heavy workouts. Just a simple walk around your park or neighborhood on a daily basis is good enough. Get some fresh air and enjoy the blessings of mother nature. It may seem like nothing, but it is in fact very beneficial.
Do Not Be Scared
Due to the chances of needing surgery or facing cancer as a Crohn's patient, people tend to have a lot of fear when they do not see progress in their recovery.
My advice is that the more fear you have, the slower the recovery process will be. Try to have a positive mindset, even on the hard days.
Advice for Parents
In many cases, mine included, parents tend to get too worried about their kids. The worry of losing their child tends to make them pamper their kids.
At first, it may seem as if it is doing them good, but it is actually a sign of danger to come. This is because children who get pampered tend to get stressed out more easily in terms of not getting what they want. Therefore, pampering is not only spoiling them but also contributing to making their disease worse.
With that said, a parent should give special attention to their children if they suffer from this disease.
Too much love never spoils children. Children become spoiled when we substitute 'presents' for 'presence'.
— Anthony Witham
We Can Get Through This
In my opinion, though life may be filled with many obstacles that make it seem impossible to overcome, nothing is impossible. Facing Crohn's may be a difficult challenge for many but never look down on yourself for it, and you will be on top.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Rahul