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What is Crohn’s Disease?

What is Crohn’s Disease?

by Natalie (SU)
In 1932 Dr. Burrill B. Crohn first described the condition which bears his name. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), of the gastrointestinal tract. It can affect any part of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Most commonly it is found at the end of the small bowel (ileum) and beginning of the colon.

How a Colonoscopy Can Save Your Life

How a Colonoscopy Can Save Your Life

by Natalie (SU)
Have you scheduled your colonoscopy? If you are 50 years or older, if you have a personal or family history of colon cancer, or if you have any known colon cancer risk factors, the answer to this question should most likely be “yes”. And if you have any friends or family members that fall into one of these groups, you should ask them this same question. The fact is, colon cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the world, and it is one of the deadliest forms of cancer in the United States; approximately 1/3 of all those diagnosed with colon cancer will die from the disease. The good news is that the number of deaths has been steadily declining, and this is in large part due to routine screening. So, make that colonoscopy appointment and keep it, because it can save your life.

What is Causing your Abdominal Pain?

What is Causing your Abdominal Pain?

by Shearly (SU)
Nothing makes you feel more uncomfortable and disrupts a good time than a stomachache, otherwise referred to as abdominal pain. The reason for your abdominal pain could be related to your diet, related to an issue with an organ, or even an injury. If you find that you frequently experience abdominal pain, consider your symptoms, the type of pain (is it dull, sharp, frequent, intermittent?) and where it’s located to help you get to the bottom of it.

Managing Crohn’s Disease at Work

Managing Crohn’s Disease at Work

by Natalie (SU)
If you have Crohn’s disease (CD), coping with the demands of your job become more difficult under the shadow of dealing with this chronic illness. A flare can create uncomfortable symptoms that are difficult enough in the privacy of your own home, but can cause added stress and even embarrassment at work. Abdominal pain and cramping, frequent stools or diarrhea, weight loss, and fatigue can all contribute to mounting difficulties at work. If your boss or coworkers do not understand what Crohn’s disease is, or how it can affect your everyday life, they may misinterpret frequent trips to the bathroom or missed days as laziness, or lack of commitment. Learning to manage Crohn’s disease will help to keep you healthy and strong; and learning to manage it at work will improve your peace of mind, and overall quality of life.

A Helpful Guide to Hiatal Hernias

A Helpful Guide to Hiatal Hernias

by Shearly (SU)
At Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates (AAGA), we believe that an informed patient is a healthier, happier patient. That’s why we created this complete guide to hiatal hernias. A hiatal hernia is frequently associated with GERD, which stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. When experiencing GERD, stomach acids reflux back up into the esophagus, creating feelings of burning, pain and potentially causing damage to the esophagus.

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