Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, causing a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is at its worst), vomiting (can be continuous), or weight loss, but may also cause complications outside the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration. Crohn’s disease is caused by interactions between environmental, immunological and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals. This results in a chronic inflammatory disorder, in which the body’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn’s disease has traditionally been described as an autoimmune disease, but recent investigators have described it as an immune deficiency state. There is no known pharmaceutical or surgical cure for Crohn’s disease. Treatment options are restricted to controlling symptoms, maintaining remission, and preventing relapse.”

All these things I know. I know all these about my disease and I use CROHNS in a numerous amount of ways on a daily basis. But I have still not accepted that this is me. These things I know are going to possibly take place for me, or are taking place. I am involved and it is under my skin. And boy, do I want to scratch it so bad..

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