Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. It affects the lining of your digestive tract and causes it to become inflamed. This inflammation can be mild or severe and appears in different areas along the digestive tract. It can cause a wide range of symptoms that vary from person to person.
One of the most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease is abdominal pain. This is caused by parts of the walls of the bowels thickening with scar tissue. Digestion becomes more difficult due to this compression, and as your digestive system works to process its contents, pain results. The pain may range from minor discomfort in mild cases of Crohn’s disease to very severe pain in advanced cases.
Although it is possible to have Crohn’s disease and not experience pain, it is unlikely; especially during the times the disease is active. While Crohn’s disease is in remission, however, you may not experience any pain at all. There are other symptoms that can indicate the possibility of Crohn’s disease.
The other major symptom of Crohn’s is diarrhea. This diarrhea may be bloody, although not everyone who has the disease has bloody diarrhea. Other symptoms to look for include mouth sores, fever, eye or skin inflammation and fatigue. If you have any of these symptoms in combination with diarrhea or abdominal pain, consult with your doctor.
If you have Crohn’s disease, one of the best ways to reduce the severity of your symptoms and help keep it in remission is to follow food combining. This simple, easy-to-follow system will not only help with Crohn’s disease, it can help with IBS, heartburn, and bloating. It works by teaching you about compatible combinations of foods to eat.
When you eat the wrong types of foods together, even healthy foods, you cause your stomach to produce more than one kind of acid to digest that food. This conflict causes upset stomach, gas, nausea or abdominal pain. When you eat the right kind of foods together- fish and asparagus, for example- your stomach only needs one type of enzyme to digest them. There is no conflict: only smooth, easy digestion. This will help Crohn’s disease stay in remission. Try food combining as part of your commitment to better health.