Unfortunately, Crohn’s disease can return even after it has healed. Typically, the way people get their Crohn’s disease to go away is to take a medication. And, when they take a medication and it goes away, they say “Wow, I’m in remission and I feel great.” But this decrease in symptoms is often short lived.
Why Does My Crohn’s Disease Keep Returning?
Often, there is some kind of imbalance in your system, you may be ultra inflamed, and the Prednisone or other drugs acted as an external stimulation to knock that inflammation down for a time. But, at some point, your condition is likely to come back because the real issue is not being addressed.
At some point in time your body is going to be less affected by your medication which will result in your Crohn’s disease symptoms to, in all likelihood, return. It is almost unheard of that patients say “Well, I took Prednisone and my Crohn’s disease went away forever.” This simply does not happen. And the reason? Honestly, there are significant underlying causes to Crohn’s Disease that medication does not effectively address on its own.
Can I Avoid Medication or Surgery if I Have Crohn’s Disease?
In the medical community, there are two typical treatments for Crohn’s disease symptoms. The first will likely be an anti-inflammatory medication and the second, and more severe, is surgery. Both have limited success but neither are a reliable long term solution.
Medicating Crohn’s Disease
Those suffering from Crohn’s Disease are often prescribed anti-inflammatory medications like prednisone. These meds decrease the inflammation of the intestines and help to reduce the symptoms of the disease. However, the medication is only addressing the inflammation which is a symptom, and not necessarily the cause of the inflammation.
Though the medication can help your symptoms, in the long run the symptoms may increase while the effect of your medication decreases. And, should you stop taking your medication, your Crohn’s disease will almost certainly return.
Crohn’s Disease and Surgery
Surgery for Crohn’s Disease typically includes the removal of small to significant portions of a severely inflamed intestinal tract. The thought behind this is, if the inflamed portions of the intestines are removed, then the symptoms are less likely to return to the “healthier” portions of your gut.
In reality, patients with Crohn’s disease who have surgery see up to a 20%-30% recurrence rate within one year of surgery. What’s worse is that the recurrence rate increases by roughly 10% for each additional year. Effectively meaning that symptoms will return within 5-10 years. Additionally, reoperations are required in 50% of patients in their lifetime.
Alternatives to Medication for Crohn’s Disease
Instead of having you adapt to your Crohn’s disease, we would rather have it adapt to you. Having a specifically healthy lifestyle is the most important key to restoring function properly within your body. (related: Can Crohn’s Disease Be Prevented?)
An Epigenetics Life Restoration Program can potentially eliminate the root cause of Crohn’s disease for the rest of your life. Many people assume drugs and surgeries are required, but in reality, they all too often only slow the progression of the disease instead of stopping it in its tracks. The Epigenetic Healing Center’s model is about studying the body and its functions in order to figure out how to keep the disease away forever.
Your whole body works together as one unit. You’re not any specific organ or body part; you are a person, and when your gut, colon, or small intestine isn’t functioning properly it is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong as a whole.
Dr. Goodbinder will help by teaching you how to take care of yourself so your Crohn’s disease doesn’t come back. By optimizing your bodily functions, Dr. Goodbinder can balance out your immune system as well.
Jay Goodbinder DC DABCI is a doctor in Overland Park, KS who serves patients in surrounding Kansas City areas, cities across the United States, and in several countries around the world.