When I was first diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease one of the first questions I had was “Will I die from Crohn’s Disease?” That was closely followed by “Will I still have a normal lifespan?” Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory illness which can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. It is most common in the last part of the small bowel and in the colon.
The symptoms of Crohn’s Disease can include abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, fever, vomiting, constipation, blood with bowel motions, skin problems and tiredness. You may not have all of these symptoms, but they can happen.
Not knowing whether your life expectancy is going to be shorter when you have Crohn’s Disease is a very real concern for many people until they find the answer. The good news is that people with Crohn’s Disease have a relatively normal life span and have no need to worry about it.
Since there have been major improvements in the recognition and management of Crohn’s in the last 50 years, the risk of major complications such as toxic megacolon has fallen below one percent. In the 1950’s the risk of death during the severest attacks of Crohn’s Disease was around 30-60%. Today these stats have fallen below 3%.
Natural treatments also have come a long way, it is now possible to easily control your Crohn’s Disease naturally. Using such things as diet, exercise and stress controlling techniques can give you full control over your health.
Both you and I have no need to worry that we won’t live as long as the general population, because we will. Even though having Crohn’s Disease can be scary you don’t need to be worried about your life expectancy. There is no reason why you won’t live to a ripe old age and enjoy all the great things that life has to offer the same as everyone else.