The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) describe Crohn's as "Crohn's disease is a chronic (ongoing) disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Although it can involve any area of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus, it most commonly affects the small intestine and/or colon."
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is described as "A group of symptoms, of unknown cause, characterized by unexplained fatigue, weakness, muscle pain, feeling poorly, trouble thinking, and sometimes, fever and/or lymph node swelling."
There is currently no cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Chron's Disease. There is no magic pill, no immunization, and no medication that can rid sufferers of the debilitating symptoms of CFS and CD. However, individuals who suffer from CFS and CD can successfully manage their symptoms. Using current interventions including prescription medications, alternative therapies, and a comprehensive nutritional plan, CFS and CD patients can find relief.
Upon receiving a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Crohns Disease, the patient is advised to seek as much information as possible from current and reputable sources. Because little is still known about CFS and CD, information is limited but available. Reliance on sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and the medical research departments of large universities will yield the best information. CFS and CD patients are advised to beware of quack treatments or anyone offering a "cure". Armed with information, the CFS sufferer can assist in making the most viable choices for his or her treatment plan.
A reasonable treatment plan should include a combination of therapies. By discussing a plan with a competent medical professional, the patient can assist in developing the best plan for him or her. A medical professional may prescribe prescription drugs that may alleviate the constant fatigue or intestinal pain that accompanies CFS and CD. In addition to prescription medications, seeking the help of a nutritionist will assist in managing the illness. It is common knowledge that a good diet can assist in recovering successfully from many illnesses - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Crohns are no exception. A reasonable nutritional plan may not only include a diet of whole foods, but may also include nutritional supplements. Additionally, the CFS and Crohns sufferer may find relief with the assistance of alternative therapies. Hypnosis, yoga, massage and other forms of relaxation can provide much needed relief from symptoms.
Although Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Crohns cannot yet be cured, sufferers can successfully manage their illness using a multi-pronged treatment approach. Being among some of the most difficult illnesses to manage Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Crohn's Disease management involves several major lifestyle changes. Commitment to these lifestyle changes may well be the key to ending, or at least, minimizing the suffering.