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Living with Crohn’s Disease

Crohn's DiseaseCrohn’s Disease is a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that affects as many as 700,000 Americans. Symptoms include persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, an urgent need to move bowels, abdominal cramps and pain and constipation, along with fatigue and loss of appetite.

It’s an uncomfortable disease, but it can also be incredibly expensive, especially for individuals who can’t afford health insurance.

Some things to know about Crohn’s Disease treatments:
  • Crohn’s patients generally need to buy monthly bottles of immune-suppressing medications, which can add up to thousands of dollars. The first medications allow the intestinal tissue to heal and also relieve the symptoms of fever, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. After a patient is in remission, medications help decrease flare-ups and maintain health.
  • Although Crohn’s Disease may not result from any kind of dietary restrictions, some patients find that changing their diet can help them stay healthier. Buying nutritious foods to replace the nutrients lost from some symptoms can cost additional money.
  • About 70 percent of Crohn’s patients will need surgery at some point during their treatment. Surgeries vary in terms of intensity and recovery times, but each one can cost more than $30,000 for a patient with no health insurance. Multiple surgeries are also likely, because about 30 percent of patients who have surgery will experience recurrent symptoms within three years, and 60 percent will have recurrence within 10 years.

All this means that in order to maintain his health, a patient with Crohn’s Disease needs to spend a significant chunk of money, and many of them will end up in thousands of dollars of debt, especially if they don’t have health insurance. But if you have a loved one dealing with Crohn’s Disease, you can help. Online fundraisers have helped raise millions of dollars for people with chronic diseases like Crohn’s Disease, helping them pay for anything from car rides to the doctor to life-saving surgery. So gather a team of friends and get started today! With a few clicks, you could help make your loved one’s life easier by reducing their debt due to medical bills.

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