Thank you for your query.
If a diagnosis of Crohn's disease has been made you need to first understand that Crohn's cannot be treated, we can only help in prevent the attacks, maintaining a state with the exclusion of attacks, reducing side-effects, symptomatic treatment and to improve quality of life. Thus, education on the disease is very important. The main treatment modalities that are used to achieve the above mentioned goals include:
-Anti-inflammatory drugs (eg. mesalamine, budesonide
-Immuno-modulators (eg. azathioprine
, infliximab, etc.)
-Antibiotics (eg. metronidazole
-Anti-spasmodics (eg. mebeverine, etc.)
You should discuss the possibility of adding these drugs to your treatment regimen, with your doctor.
Lifestyle modifications play a vital role in preventing aggravation of the bowel. Most common aggravating factors can be: coffee or caffeinated drinks, tea, popcorn, red or raw meat, dairy products, hot beverages, oily, spicy, fried or fatty food, sugar containing drinks, smoking, alcohol, chocolates, poultry. You need to observe the food items that aggravate your condition and avoid them.
A liquid diet
and otherwise a low fiber diet should be followed. Also calcium, vitamin B12
, and folate supplements are contributory. You could continue ferrous sulphate
(fefol-Z) in your treatment regimen due to the loss of blood in your stools.
Probiotics help in digestion and are found to contribute in individuals suffering from ulcerative colitis
and Crohn's disease. Natural probiotics include: curd, yogurt, also available are probiotic drinks (Yakult in India), etc.
I hope I have succeeded in providing you with information you were seeking. Feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications. I would gladly help.
Wishing you a speedy recovery and a healthy life thereafter.