What exactly is Crohn’s disease?
After seeing the toll that Crohn’s disease has taken on Dynamo, forcing the magician to put his career temporarily on hold, interest surrounding the incurable illness has surged, but what exactly is it?
A form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in the digestive system, leaving sufferers with myriad symptoms that can severely inhibit their daily lives if not treated with the right medications.
According to Crohn’s and Colitis UK, there are at least 300,000 Britons diagnosed with an IBD – another common form is Ulcerative Colitis – and while symptoms are treatable, there are currently no known cures.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms vary but can include diarrhoea, extreme fatigue and severe pain. They usually begin in childhood or early adulthood, according to the NHS.
In some cases, such as Dynamo’s, medications for Crohn’s can cause additional side effects, such as weight gain and arthritis.
So long as symptoms are controlled with appropriate medications, living with Crohn’s can be manageable.
However, symptoms can flare-up at sporadic intervals which can subsequently affect your work and social life.
How is it treated?
While the illness is currently incurable, it is often treated via medications designed to reduce inflammation in the digestive system, such as steroids.
Sometimes surgical action is necessary to remove a small part of the digestive system.
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