Managing many chronic conditions come with a host of associated challenges and difficulties in addition to the symptoms of the illness itself. Unfortunately, Crohn’s disease—a chronic inflammation of the colon that causes sudden urges to have a bowel movement—can instill anxiety in the sufferer and has a stigma attached.
The inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract caused by Crohn’s can affect any part of the digestive system. The disease causes an urgent need to go to the bathroom, often with a constant feeling of an incomplete bowel movement. In addition, sufferers may also experience abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, constipation and fatigue. Long-term Crohn’s disease can also cause iron deficiency anemia, kidney stones, delayed growth or sexual development, and inflammation of the skin, eyes, joints, liver and bile ducts. While the cause is unknown, stress and a diet high in processed foods, red meats and dairy can worsen symptoms.
People with Crohn’s often avoid certain social situations for fear of a bathroom not being nearby, and often are reluctant to share their concerns with others because of the nature of the condition. One’s frequent need for a bathroom isn’t the most comfortable of conversations to have and the need itself is certainly worrying when away from home.
Thankfully, however, there are medications to help manage Crohn’s disease, some of which are available via infusion therapy. IV therapy medications—including Remicade, Cimzia, Entyvio and Stelara—can be delivered directly into the bloodstream to help decrease inflammation of the bowels and alleviate symptoms. Infusion therapy is typically prescribed for patients with moderate to severe Crohn’s disease who haven’t obtained results from oral medications.
Additional benefits of IV therapy for Crohn’s disease are that it may keep the condition in remission and treatment at an infusion center is significantly more affordable than at a hospital.
While there can be side effects to IV therapy medications used to treat Crohn’s disease, at Heartland Infusion, we closely monitor our patients during treatments and are just a phone call away from both you and your physician when you leave our facility.
At Heartland Infusion, we provide infusion therapy for patients with chronic conditions and for general wellness. We can procure the medications mentioned and other physician-prescribed infusions quickly and cost effectively. If infusion therapy for Crohn’s disease interests you, please contact us for information about our services or to inquire about specific medications. Our healthcare professionals are committed to making your infusion therapy experience comfortable and easy.