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Crohn Disease FAQs (cont.)

What is the outlook for me?

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That depends on how severe your Crohn's disease is and what complications you have. Although Crohn's disease is a serious and chronic disease, it is usually not a fatal disease. Appropriate therapies can help you have a reasonable quality of life. The longer you have disease that is not controlled by medications, the more likely you are to develop complications.

Is it possible to lead a "normal" life with Crohn's disease?

If you mean will your life go back to the way it was before you had Crohn's disease, probably not. You will have to see your health care professional regularly, you will take potent medications, and you will probably have days when you don’t feel well enough to do things you need or want to do. Adjusting to all of these changes can be difficult. Just remember that you are not alone. More than 1 million people in the United States alone have Crohn's disease. There is a well-established network of information, advocacy, and support out there for you to tap into. Most people with Crohn's disease can lead a useful and otherwise normal life.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care.


Peppercorn, M. A., et al. "Patient information: Crohn disease (Beyond the Basics)." UpToDate. Updated Apr 16, 2014.
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