Crohn Disease (cont.)
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What is the outlook for a person with Crohn's disease?
Patients will need to visit their health-care professional regularly so that the patient's medical condition can be monitored, determine how well treatment is working, and check for relapse and return of symptoms.
The intestinal complications of Crohn's disease include the following:
Although Crohn's disease is a chronic illness with episodes of remission and relapses, appropriate medical and surgical therapies help affected individuals have a reasonable quality of life.
What support groups or counseling is available for people with Crohn's disease?
Living with the effects of Crohn's disease can be difficult. Sometimes you will feel frustrated, perhaps even angry or resentful. Sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to.
This is the purpose of support groups. Support groups consist of people in the same situation you are in. They come together to help each other and to help themselves. Support groups provide reassurance, motivation, and inspiration. They help you see that your situation is not unique, and that gives you power. They also provide practical tips on coping with this disorder.
Support groups meet in person, on the telephone, or on the Internet. To find a support group that works for you, ask your health-care provider or contact the following organizations or look on the Internet. If you do not have access to the Internet, go to the public library.
Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD
American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/16/2016
Senthil Nachimuthu, MD, BS
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