Crohn's Disease

Abdominal pain, severe diarrhea and malnutrition are the daily realities of the inflammatory bowel disorder, Crohn's disease.

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HOW DO WE HELP?

  • Initial half hour consultation with your Pharmacist outlining Crohn's Disease. This 30 minute one-on-one session is broken into three areas -
  1. What is the cause of Crohn's Disease?
  2. How is Crohn's Disease treated?
  3. How do you live with Crohn's Disease?
  • We will go through the causes, risk factors, progression and management of Crohn's Disease. We will explain the treatments available including conventional medicine, complimentary medicine and complimentary therapy. All our recommendations for complimentary medicine and therapies are based on clinical evidence.
  • Access to our Crohn's Disease Resource Centre - stay informed and up to date on the latest developments in Crohn's Disease research, including the best management strategies available.
  • Access to our Crohn's Disease Library where you will find articles and videos on all things to do with causes, living with and treating Crohn's Disease.
  • You might have been recommended to follow a healthy diet, so we make it easy by providing many delicious, healthy, calorie controlled recipes.
  • Exercise is medicine. Let Olympic Athlete Gillian O'Sullivan get you motivated and started with an exercise program. Gillian will put you through your paces online using our stretching and exercise videos.
  • Visit our interactive stress management centre where Sinead & Jez will help you relax through Yoga and Tai Chi.
  • Also available in our resource centre are our scientifically proven complimentary therapies. Get started today using our quick start guide to Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Light Therapy, meditation, relaxed breathing, muscle relaxation and many more. Control your stress using scientifically proven therapies.

What is it?

Crohn's disease is what's knows as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It results in inflammation of the lining of your gut, which can lead to the symptoms mentioned above.

The inflammation can spread deep into the gut. Crohn's disease can be both painful and debilitating and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.

How do I recognise it?

People can have long periods of time with no symptoms, but when they do have symptoms they are usually the following:Diarrhea.

  • Abdominal pain and cramping.
  • Blood in your stool.
  • Ulcers.
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss.

Causes

The exact cause in unknown. Some theories exist though:

  • Immune system. It's possible that when your immune system tries to fight off a bacteria or virus the digestive system becomes inflamed.
  • Heredity. There may be a genetic link

How do you treat it?

Like any disease, even if there is no cure, there is almost always something you can do to manage it and take control. There are three main areas involved in the treatment of any disease:

  • Conventional medicines
  • Complementary medicines
  • Complementary therapies

For information on medicines and therapies relevant to Crohn's diesease, make an appointment at your nearest pharmacy.

Learn all about the drugs used to treat the disease and any complementary medicines or therapies proven to help. Equip yourself with the tools to manage the condition and not be managed by it.

How do you live with it?

Certain adjustments may be needed to get on with your life, and often, some simple tips and advice can go a long way to making these changes. 

When you come to our clinic we give you any information available to make your life easier and enable you to live with your condition.

References

Crohn's Disease-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crohn%27s_disease

Crohn's Disease, information for patients                                                                                                                                              http://www.cks.nhs.uk/access?catalog=login&returnurl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ck...

Treatment & Management Strategies

If you would like to know the latest treatment and management strategies, using conventional and scientifically backed complementary medicine and therapies, plus an assortment of helpful tips, hints and lifestyle remedies which will improve your overall quality of life, then call into our pharmacy and we'll be delighted to help.

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