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Symptoms To Be Wary Of For An Early Diagnosis Of Crohn’s Disease

Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s disease is something that we need to be aware of because it is certainly a problem that nobody wants to get. It is known to be an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and is also widely known as a chronic condition. While the people are not aware of its exact cause, its symptoms tend to be known to many. Due to that, exploring more about this disease is a great way to stay away from the same.

Introduction

Marked by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (GI), Crohn’s disease can appear anywhere from the mouth to the anus. It most commonly develops in your teens or 20s. Due to the range of symptoms that are associated with the disease, it comes through different stages and progresses through time. Coming in from mild to moderate to serve, the different stages of progression tend to bring in their own set of problems. As a result, we need to be cautious, and the symptoms are something that we need to look into.

Symptoms

The range of symptoms that one gets to experience through this disease begins when healthy cells in the GI tract attack themselves and end up causing inflammation. As a result, you are likely to experience bloody stools, unintentional weight loss, ongoing abdominal pain, cramps, and so on. These symptoms are also known to be the early signs, and as the disease progresses, symptoms are also bound to progress. Yes, that’s right. Once you enter a different stage, you might begin to feel fatigued, develop anemia, and so on.


While these symptoms are inside the GI tract, there are also symptoms that occur outside the tract. Fever, mouth sores, red skin rashes, and eye pain are some of the common symptoms that are bound to occur outside the tract. Being aware of these symptoms and acknowledging their existence should lead to early diagnosis, and that is bound to help you out to a considerable extent. Not only will it help your doctor understand the process, but it can also help you reduce the intensity of the disease.

Treatment

Crohn's Disease

When it comes to treatment, doctors suggest options based on how severe the disease is and how bad it tends to be. Due to that, you may come across options like diet and supplements, surgery, pain relievers, and so on. However, the best option in hand is to avoid the risk factors that cause this disease. Smoking, obesity, a high-fat diet, and so on are a few risk factors that can be avoided. So look into the process and make it all count for good. By doing so, you can surely be in control of everything and ensure to get it all going for good.

 

Natural Treatment For GERD

Natural Treatment For GERD

If you are looking for natural treatment for GERD you want to know that I am the biggest fan of natural and herbal treatments. I am a pharmacist that first recommends natural ways, life-style modifications, homeopathic supplements and acupuncture before medications.
What Is GERD?

Most patients have occasional heartburn. But when the heartburn occurs two or more days a week, they are called symptoms of GERD. Acid reflux disease can lead to more serious health problems. But it is considered treatable.

You are looking for natural treatment for GERD, but do you know what happens inside of you when reflux occurs? To take better control of your health, you need to know how your body works.

Once the stomach senses food, it produces gastrin.

Gastrin is responsible for secretion of HCL(hydrochloric acid) and for contraction of muscles in the stomach to move food.

The functions of HCL include converting proteins to certain enzymes for proper digestion as well as prevention of bacterial or fungal overgrowth in the small intestine and more.

GERD, or gastro esophageal reflux disease, is a chronic condition that is more commonly known as acid reflux disease.

GERD Symptoms: When the gastric acid level in the stomach is low, food will not digest properly. That causes fermentation of the undigested food which leads to gassy, bloated feeling. Fermentation acids are the ones that can be corrosive to the digestive organs like the esophagus. Our stomachs have a protective lining against these acids but the esophagus does not. Sometimes the sphincter muscles become week and don’t close the stomach properly and that causes the acid to flow back up to the esophagus. This causes the symptoms of heartburn or symptoms of GERD.
Causes of GERD can be numerous. It can be your lifestyle, sleeping habits, dietary choices, etc. That’s why I would suggest some life-style modifications, exercise, healthy GERD diets as first steps in natural treatment for GERD.

Causes of GERD can also be more serious GI conditions like Crohns disease, Celiac disease, IBS, Ulcerative colitis, etc. Natural treatment for GERD would be considered here if the underlying condition is under control.

Traditional GERD Treatment :

Truly diagnosed GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease) requires conventional GERD treatment with GERD medicatine and follow ups with a physician. The problem is that many patients get misdiagnosed with it. True Gastro esophageal reflux disease is a serious condition that needs to be diagnosed with certain tests and labs, etc. Some Crohns disease symptoms may present themselves to resemble acid reflux symptoms. Natural treatment for GERD may not be your choice here.

Occasional heartburn is not a serious condition. If it’s not clinically serious, natural treatment for GERD should be considered here. But a lot of patients with heartburn will see the doctor hoping for relief. Most of the time, they will come out of the office happy with a prescription for Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Aciphex, etc. because doctors understand that patients came for help and want their prescription, they give it to them. These prescriptions are usually for proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or H-2 blockers. PPIs are indicated for truly diagnosed acid reflux disease, not occasional heartburn. Most of the patients getting these medications do not have true gastro esophageal reflux disease.

But these drugs work as GERD treatment. And they work great. Patients feel relief and, initially, they are happy. What happens later when they try to stop the medication? Without going into the mechanism of action of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), when this medication is stopped the stomach starts to hurt. It really hurts, sometimes even more than before. The patient will think that they need to continue with the medicine because they are not better yet.

The best way to discontinue proton pump inhibitors is to slowly decrease the dose and temporarily add on H2 blocker, such as Zantac or Pepcid for a week or two to suppress the acid. This may be a more successful way to stop Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid, etc. Remember, ask for your doctor’s advice if you want to discontinue any medication. But most importantly the natural and holistic approach should be considered to heal the body so the digestive system will function properly.

Heartburn is a symptom of GERD and is commonly believed to be a problem with too much acid (HCL-hydrochloric acid). Very often it is the complete opposite. Having too little hydrochloric acid in your stomach may cause the food to be poorly digested. That could cause the fermentation acid to flow into the esophagus.

Foods To Avoid With GERD

Foods To Avoid With GERD

Are there known foods to avoid with GERD?” “Yes, there are.”

“If I stop eating those GERD foods will I get better right away?” The answer is “YES and No”.

None of the digestive disorder symptoms happen overnight. They don’t just start on you. It may be many months or years of injustice to your gut. You are doing the damage to your gastrointestinal system by not sleeping well, not eating right, smoking, stressing out and most importantly not taking right care of yourself. Stop right now and pay attention.

The list of foods to avoid with GERD is a list of foods that you expect to see. You probably would say “Oh, I know this causes heartburn and acid reflux”. But do you continue eating that food? Probably, yes.

The truth is that the healthiest people on Earth would not even consider those GERD foods to be foods at all. When trying to heal GERD, you would need to invest some time into your health. Yes, you can do it. Your health is worth it.

First, what is GERD? GERD, or gastro esophageal reflux disease, is a chronic condition that is more commonly known as acid reflux disease. Most patients have occasional heartburn. But when the heartburn occurs two or more days a week, they are called symptoms of GERD. Acid reflux disease can lead to more serious health problems. But it is considered treatable.

What is the mechanism of GERD? Once the stomach senses food, it produces gastrin. Gastrin is responsible for secretion of HCL (hydrochloric acid) and for contraction of muscles in the stomach to move food. The functions of HCL include converting proteins to certain enzymes for proper digestion as well as prevention of bacterial or fungal overgrowth in the small intestine and more.

When the gastric acid level in the stomach is low, food will not digest properly. That causes fermentation of the undigested food which leads to gassy, bloated feeling. Fermentation acids are the ones that can be corrosive to the digestive organs like the esophagus. Our stomachs have a protective lining against these acids but the esophagus does not. Sometimes the sphincter muscles become week and don’t close the stomach properly and that causes the acid to flow back up to the esophagus. This causes the symptoms of heartburn or acid reflux symptoms.

Causes of GERD can be numerous. It can be your lifestyle, sleeping habits, dietary choices, etc. It can also be causes by more serious GI conditions like Crohns disease, Celiac disease, IBS, Ulcerative colitis, etc.

Treatment of GERD is mostly medications like H2-blockers (Zantac for example), PPI’s (Prevacid for example) and other over-the-counter antacids like Maalox or Gaviscon.

“Too Little Acid or Too Much Acid?” – That is The Question Symptoms of GERD are commonly believed to be a problem with too much acid (HCL-hydrochloric acid). Very often it is the complete opposite. Having too little hydrochloric acid in your stomach may cause the food to be poorly digested. That could cause the fermentation (brewing in your gut) acid to flow into the esophagus. That’s another reason to know foods to avoid with GERD.
GERD Natural Remedies:

These GERD natural remedies are wonderful in combination with healthy lifestyle, healthy eating habits and your current medical treatment. All these GERD relief remedies won’t substitute doctor’s advice. Taking your doctor’s advice and following your doctor’s orders is your full right. And don’t forget to some control of your own health too. Always speak to doctor when having continuous, serious symptoms of Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease.

Slippery elm worked for many people for heartburn and GERD because it coats and soothes gastric mucosa.
Marshmallow root tea is recommended by herbalists.
Drink a lot of clean, filtered water with mineral content.
Increase good fiber consumption (like raw, or lightly steamed vegetables, and raw fruits). Fruits juices and French fries are not healthy fruit and vegetable choices.

There are homeopathic, GERD natural remedies that are made by HEEL and Boiron which will take time to work but are safer alternatives to potent medication.
Drink lots of herbal teas like peppermint tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea, licorice root tea, etc.
Digestive enzymes will help with digesting that difficult to digest food. When food is not digested properly it may cause GERD symptoms.

Probiotics can normalize the gut flora and improve overall digestive health.
If you have with low gut acidity, try drinking a teaspoonful or even tablespoonful of freshly squeezed lemon juice. You can mix it with a glass of filtered water if you wish. If it helps your heartburn, you most likely have low acidity. This sounds scary to give acid for heartburn or acid reflux symptoms, but it works for many patients.

Natural Supplements

Natural Supplements

All natural herbal supplements were available for ages and even before medications came about. Many of these dietary supplements are pretty effective and have a safer side effect profile as compared to prescription medications.

Then why don’t we use natural supplements more?

You probably know the answer to that.

Traditional medications will work faster most of the time. Conventional pain medications, for example, are very effective and no one will argue that. But some of them cause severe constipation, gastro intestinal side effects, stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeds.

When you are in severe pain you will take a strong pain medication because you need to, regardless of the potential side effects.

I understand that very well and I empathize with anyone that is suffering with pain.

Before you reach for the pill box, give it another thought and really consider if there is anything else you can do to alleviate the pain, aside from the drugs, maybe not in the moment of excruciating pain, but possibly when you’re feeling a bit better.

Natural supplements or medications or both? What do you choose?

I know there is no magic bullet for Crohn’s disease and I realize that the natural supplements that I discuss may not be your panacea, but they are sure worth the try, especially if you are a Crohn’s patient on many traditional medications without complete relief.

You really have to consider changing your diet, quit smoking if you smoke, do some kind of light exercise regularly (Yoga is great, breathing exercise, meditation, etc.), work on stress reduction in your life, consider going to acupuncture therapy and, very importantly, consider taking natural supplements (many of them are safe to take with your current medications, but speak to your doctor first).

Natural supplements have been proven to be very beneficial in improving overall well being. So why don’t we use them more?

There are so many products on the market that are labeled natural products or natural vitamin supplements.

Yes, not all of them may give you the immediate results you’re looking for and you may feel a bit disappointed, or maybe even discouraged, but from my experience as a Crohn’s patient, a lot of the natural supplements work and some of them work very well.

Some natural herbal supplements may reduce inflammation and therefore reduce pain.

Some natural therapies will help with most gastro intestinal disorders. The benefit of these natural products is their less to non-existent side effect or adverse reaction profiles.

Unfortunately, not too many studies have been done on natural supplements and the result is a lack of information on their interactions with other supplements and conventional medications.

It’s only in recent years that natural supplements are getting more and more recognized by the public and, in a lesser degree, by conventionally trained doctors.

I am a conventionally trained pharmacist who is a great believer in natural supplements and alternative therapies.

I know about medications because I am a pharmacist and I also know my Crohn’s medications more personally because I am a Crohn’s patient. Crohn’s medications are very effective, especially in emergency cases.

Colonoscopy Risks

Colonoscopy Risks

There are more risks associated with colonoscopy than you ever thought.

If you are going through with colonoscopy, you need to be aware of the risks.

It’s better to be prepared. You don’t want surprises.

Colonoscopy Risks That Become Potential Colonoscopy Complications:
Severe dehydration. When you are preparing for colonoscopy and loose all this water using laxatives – your body gets dehydrated. Most patients know to drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration but a lot of them get week or nauseous. This prevents them from drinking more. Loss of electrolytes or dehydration is potential risk that can even get deadly.

During colonoscopy preparation some patients may develop kidney damage or renal dysfunction from the laxatives and/or from dehydration.

Colonoscopy preparation and colonoscopy procedure can cause inflammation of the bowels, diarrhea, bowel obstruction and even diverticulitis.

Colonoscopy sedation can increase the risk of heart failure.

Colonoscopy increases risk of internal bleeding, rectal bleeding because this is an invasive procedure.

Coma associated with anesthesia is one of the colonoscopy risks.

Anesthesia is one of colonoscopy risks. It increases the risk of developing pneumonia, especially in the elderly.

Anesthesia can increase the risk of developing blood clots and lead to pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis (DVT).

There’s always a risk associated with colon injury.

One of the colonoscopy risks is associated with radiation exposure from virtual colonoscopy. And any risk associated with radiation could potentially become cancerous.

Chronic Diarrhea

Chronic Diarrhea

Chronic Diarrhea Is Not Fun!

What are the causes of diarrhea and the best diarrhea remedies?

Here Are The Best Diarrhea Remedies For FAST Relief!

Did you know that about 5 percent of people in the US have a loose bowel movement at any given time. That is one in every 20 people…

When a person has a suspicious diarrhea they usually see a doctor, right?

Conventional medical treatment is looking to correct the cause of diarrhea (if possible), and help with loose stools.

Chronic diarrhea can have a serious effect on the quality of life and overall health.

Chronic diarrhea is a part of many Crohn’s disease patients.

That is exactly why I was always looking for more than just traditional medicine. I wanted to repair my whole digestive system. And I did just that by introducing a holistic approach into my life.

Chronic diarrhea is usually defined as loose stools that last for at least 4 to 6 weeks. It usually occurs more than 2 times daily.

Loose bowel movement can be a symptom of chronic disorders like Crohns disease, Ulcerative colitis, Celiac disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, and more.

Treatment of chronic diarrhea should be a very serious and very thorough job. Especially if you decide to really heal your whole body first. You will have to start listening to you body more than ever. No one else can do it or will do it for you.

Causes Of Diarrhea: Before you would look for a diarrhea treatment or a diarrhea remedy, you would first want to find out possible causes of diarrhea.

Acute Diarrhea. Everything you need to know about acute diarrhea treatment.

Traveler’s Diarrhea. Surprised on your vacation? Or just want to prepare ahead of time? Read to know how to deal with Traveler’s diarrhea.

Explosive Diarrhea. This is more of a descriptive term than a medical term. Read and learn about what to do for this type of diarrhea.

Diarrhea Treatment. Everything you need to know about diarrhea treatment and diarrhea remedies.

For years, doctors would write prescriptions for something to stop this symptom right away. That has changed.

Now, the idea is to let nature take its course and let the body get rid of the “invader”, unless there’s a bigger problem behind it.

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