Crohn’s disease is an incurable disease of the digestive tract that is characterized by inflammation that goes through cycles of flare-ups and remissions. That’s just one sentence to describe an incredibly complicated disease process that is difficult for even the best scientists in medicine to understand. Even so, the best thing a person with Crohn’s disease can do is to get educated about this disease. With this information, patients can become better able to advocate for themselves with the overall goal of getting better care and control of the disease.
Ready to get started? Keep reading to learn what you absolutely must know.
Crohn’s Disease Is A Form Of IBD
Crohn’s disease one form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is an umbrella term, and the other main form of the disease is called ulcerative colitis. However, IBD is not always as distinct as having either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Many IBD specialists agree that the disease is more like a spectrum rather than two separate diseases. In fact, there is another form of IBD that is used when the disease is not clearly either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and that is called indeterminate colitis (ID).
Crohn’s disease and IBD are not related to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a functional disorder that is more common than IBD, but does not involve inflammation or ulceration in the digestive tract.