Sunday, 4 January 2009

Flare Up's & Chrones Disease

Often when we hear people speak of Chrones disease, the term Flare up is also used, so what exactly is a flare up and what can be done to help?

What is a Flare-up in Chrones Disease?
Chrones disease is described as both a chronic and relapsing condition.

  • Chronic: means that the Chrones is ongoing
  • Relapsing: means that every so often the symptoms associated with Chrones disease will relapse, return and this is know as a "flare-up."
  • Remission: This is the time between flare-ups when you don't show and Chrones disease symptoms.
The time spent in remission or between flare-ups varies form person to person, but often your very first flare up is the worst, so atleat things should get better once you get through the first flare-up.

Help with getting through a flare-up
If you experience the return of your Chrones symptoms, I would first of all immediately seek medical advice as they can make you very ill and should not be taken lightly.

If you can't get to see a doctor for any reason, the first thing you need to do stop what you are doing and get into a bed! This is realy important as your body needs rest to recover, get friends to help with the house chores, this is very important.

You will also need to start on a clear liquid diet, again you are going to have to be strict with yourself. ilke the rest of your body, your stomach needs the rest in order to recover from the chrones flare-up and go back into remission.

Clear liquid diet?
This means Non-carbonated drinks. Fizzy carbonated drinks can agrivate the stomach and intestines. During the recovery, it is vitally important to keep your body well hydrated at all times so drink plenty of water, a good idea is to sip water all through the day. On top of this you should at least once and preferably twice a day drink an energy drink. Something like Gatorade, Energade or Propel as these enery drinks will help your body replenish electrolytes.

You should also try and take Soup Broths, Jelly (Jell-O) and Popsicles (lollies). Don't eat pudding or ice cream.

Even now when you are in bed and on a clear liquid diet, it is important for you to get some sort of medical attention as you may need antibiotics and other medication.

Chrones disease can and is often very difficult to live with and manage and because you have an chronic, relapsing autoimmune disease, your life may and often will have to revolve around the disease. Whist in remission try and maintain a healthy body and stomach by eating correctly. It is also important to maintain a positive state of mind as this will help keep your chrones disease in remission.

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