Crohn’s disease is one of the more common forms of inflammatory bowel disease. It affects the gastrointestinal tract, including the entire wall of the bowel and intestines. Inflammation occurs, most often in the intestines, but can also affect any area between the mouth and the anus. It is a chronic autoimmune disease, meaning that it is a result of the body’s immune system attacking itself and the affects are ongoing.
It can occur at any age, but usually affects those between the ages of 15 and 30. Although the exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, it is assumed to be a hereditary disease. It is more likely to occur in people whose bodies are already known to over-react to the appearance of bacteria in the intestinal regions. Smoking can be a high risk factor as well.
The typical symptoms of Crohn’s disease are fatigue, high fever, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, persistent diarrhea, abdominal cramps and pain with bowel movements that may also be bloody. These signs can vary depending on which area of the gastrointestinal tract is being affected. Others include constipation, eye inflammation, mouth ulcers, skin ulcers and joint pain. Children may experience delays in growth or sexual development.
Those with Crohn’s disease can become debilitated from pain and these other affects. They may develop a stressful attitude about bowel movements and eventually become depressed and avoid social situations. In severe cases, expensive medication or surgery may be required. If you are having financial difficulty because of this condition, you may be eligible to receive Long Term Disability and/or Social Security disability benefits. Call experienced disability lawyer Nick Ortiz at 850-898-9904 for more information.