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The Bottom Line: Myths and Facts About Crohn's Disease

Crohn's Disease is a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and even skin, joint, and eye problems. Crohn’s can be hard to manage, even under a doctor’s care. Click through for the most common myths and facts about Crohn’s Disease.  Read More

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What to Eat if You Have Crohn's Disease

If you've been diagnosed with Crohn's disease, one of the biggest challenges is healthy eating. You need to choose foods that won't exacerbate symptoms, while also making sure you get adequate nutrition. At times—such as during a flare-up or after surgery—you may need to eat a low fiber or even a liquid diet. Find out more about the best foods to eat, the types of vitamins you should be taking, and what foods to avoid if you have Crohn's disease.  Read More

MY STORY

After 3 Crohn's Disease Surgeries, I'm Finally in Remission

Many people living with Crohn’s disease don’t talk about the symptoms and what it does to you—many people choose to be silent.
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As a child, I had stomachaches that were so bad I couldn’t move. I spent months in pain while doctors tried to figure out what was wrong. First they told me I had the stomach flu and then lactose intolerance. My brother grew up with epilepsy, so my parents knew what it was like to have a sick child, but I was supposed to be the healthy one. Now I was lying down all the time, screaming in pain, and no one could figure out the reason why.  Read More

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10 Vitamins You May Need if You Have Crohn’s

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Many people with Crohn's disease can get what they need from their diet and a daily multivitamin, but should also be on the look-out for shortages in vitamins and minerals. Here are 10 nutrients you might need if you have Crohn's.   View slideshow

MY STORY

Doctors Missed My Son's Crohn's Disease for Years

What I’ve learned from all of this is that if your child is having problems, you just really have to be his or her advocate.
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When my son, Spencer, was 8 and 9 years old, we used to go to the doctor all the time. He just didn’t walk or act like other boys his age. He was hunched over like an old man, and when lying on the ground, he couldn’t get up unless he rolled over onto his stomach, got on all fours, and pushed himself up with his hands. He always complained about feeling sore and stiff.  Read More

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10 Tips for Going on a Liquid Diet

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People with Crohn's disease often struggle to digest food, particularly when symptoms flare up. Sometimes a liquid diet is the answer. Click here for tips on what to do when going on a liquid diet.   View slideshow

MY STORY

Crohn's Disease Sidelined My Dancing Career

Stay informed about the disease. See a doctor regularly, and monitor Crohn’s progression. If you can stop having flare-ups and losing muscle, you can get back on track.
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Before I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, I was really muscular. I had a strong back and legs, and was in a dance company in Boulder, Colo. Then, in 2005, when I was 23, I started having horrible stomach pains.  Read More

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