Sarah Jenkins July 25th, 2007
Crohn’s Disease may seem like an overwhelming challenge; however, it is not an insurmountable disorder. You can lead a fairly normal life although Crohn’s is a part of it.
The first step in coping with Crohn’s Disease is seeking treatment. While at first you may feel like you are overreacting or you may feel embarrassed, the truth is that you suffer from a medical condition. Like diabetes or cancer, medical care is necessary to reduce pain, lessen complications, and improve life in general. The doctor you see will explore your history, symptoms, and physical being, but you should feel comfortable knowing this necessary is to treat your condition. Medication will greatly improve your overall physical wellbeing and should be discussed with your doctor. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
While the physical body is an obvious area that needs attention, the human psyche may also require treatment in dealing with this chronic disease. Once you realize and accept this is a disease that will more than likely affect you for the rest of your life, you may become incredibly weighed down. You may become depressed, feel excessive anxiety, or experience a lot of tension. If symptoms are severe, you may need to speak to your doctor about your feelings as medication may be an option. You should also seek emotional assistance, such as support groups. There are also agencies that provide educational information that may prove to be a valuable resource. The most important aspect of this area of coping is that you acquire the help you need to manage the condition you have.
There are also other areas of Crohn’s Disease that are not often discussed. Poor self-image, physical pain, and fear often hamper sufferers’ sex lives. In addition, medication that is taken to treat the disorder also has negative side effects. If any of these issues occur, you should discuss your situation with your doctor to what may be done to improve the situation.
Also, there are small things you can do to make yourself more comfortable when you are around others or out in public. Knowing where restrooms are in public places, carrying a change of clothes, and being prepared for accidents or possibly embarrassing circumstances may reduce the impact of the occurrence of such. If you realize the possibility of something happening, you can mentally prepare yourself.
Taking these small measures will greatly improve your quality of life and allow you to live your life to the fullest.