|How Do You Know It's Crohn's?|
Because of the difficult challenge of making a diagnosis it is extremely important patients learn all they can about this condition and other related conditions. This way the patient and their doctor can work in tandem in determining whether or not he or she really has this condition. Keep in mind there is no single test which can determine whether or not you have this. You and your doctor will have to work together to rule out all of the possibilities and come to the right diagnostic conclusion. When a correct diagnosis has been reached, you can then begin treatment for relief of your symptoms.
Some of the other related conditions include:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)-This is probably the first condition your doctor will be able to rule out. The reasoning here is people with this condition do not typically experience pain when having a bowel movement. In addition, their symptoms tend to go away when they are sleeping. This is vastly different from those with Crohn’s. Patients with this condition also do not tend to experience unexplained weight loss, anemia, rectal bleeding or a recurring fever which are all signs of inflammation.
- Celiac Disease-This condition is experienced when people have a certain sensitivity to gluten which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes oats. Those individuals with this condition will find they are sustaining damage in their small intestine. However, this condition can also mimic the symptoms which are found associated with Crohn’s disease. The easiest way to rule out this condition is by endoscopy coupled with specific blood tests. Your health care provider will then recommend a gluten free diet to relieve your symptoms and heal your small intestine.
- Ulcerative Colitis and Diverticular Disease-This can be the most difficult condition to distinguish since the symptoms associated with these conditions are the most similar to Crohn’s. Keep in mind besides taking a detailed health history and having a complete physical exam your doctor may recommend a battery of lab work which will involve taking blood, urine, and stool in order to check for inflammation.
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