How Are Crohn’s Disease And Brain Function Related?

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease which results in inflammation in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the GI tract including the small intestine and entire colon. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease include abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss and fatigue. Inflammatory bowel disease symptoms can be sudden or gradual and there could be periods with no symptoms at all.

A recent study shows a direct correlation between acute inflammation times and worsening symptoms and brain function. Patients may experience memory problems, slower processing times, inability to concentrate or fogginess. Patients’ cognitive symptoms were much worse during flares of inflammation and GI symptoms.

While there is no cure of Crohn’s disease, medications, diet and lifestyle changes may help your symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe steroids or antibiotics to help through a flare of symptoms. People with Crohn’s disease often struggle with malnutrition and may need vitamin replacement with supplements if they are unable to absorb them through diet alone.

If you suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and feel like your symptoms are uncontrolled talk to your doctor about a change in treatment options or lifestyle changes that may improve your quality of life. There is no one treatment for Crohn’s disease and it may take some time with you and your doctor to figure out what treatment is most beneficial for you. At Vanguard Gastro, we will work with you to most effectively manage your diagnosis.

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