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Crohn's Disease Life Expectancy: Will Your Life Be Shorter?

After being diagnosed with Crohn's disease, I spent years researching the condition in order to heal myself.


Life Expectancy With Crohn’s Disease

After I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, the first thing I wanted to know from my doctor was whether or not this disease was going to kill me. My second question was what kind of life I would be able to live.

Crohn's disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the intestines; it can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract, which starts at the mouth and ends at the anus. The small bowel and the colon are the areas of the body most often affected.

Symptoms may include diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, blood in the stool, constipation, skin problems, and fatigue. All of these symptoms may be present, but you probably wouldn't have them all at one time.

Until patients are reassured by the statistics, the questions regarding life expectancy are a concern. Fortunately, most don't need to worry about having a shortened life expectancy, although there are do's and don'ts (see below).

Crohn's Disease: How Long Will I Live?

In the last 50 years, there have been important advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Crohn's. The danger of life-threatening complications, such as with toxic megacolon, is less than 1%.

The risk of death from a severe attack of Crohn's was as high as 30 to 60% in the 1950s, but the risk today has diminished to below 3%.

With the use of natural treatments, many people have also been able to get symptoms under control naturally. Using such things as diet, exercise, and stress-controlling techniques can give you full control over your health.

You and I needn't worry that we won't enjoy a normal lifespan because it is extremely likely that we will. Although dealing with the disease can be frightening, and your life will be changed by it, if you do what you can to manage and monitor your symptoms, you won't have to worry about being here for a shorter amount of time. You have every reason to expect to live a long life.

There are, however, exceptions and complications. Below, you'll find tips for managing the disease and a list of the rarer side effects and complications of Crohn's which could affect the length of life.

How to Prolong Life With Crohn's

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat a balanced, healthy, a high-calorie diet that's low in fat. Avoid red meat and pork. Steer away from dairy of you're lactose-intolerant. It's preferable to eat many small meals than a few large ones. Some benefit from a low fiber diet.
  • Keep track of which foods trigger a flare-up and which don't. Avoid the foods that trigger symptoms.
  • Eliminate caffeine.
  • Avoid alcohol (especially if you're taking antibiotics).
  • Take all your medications as prescribed. Don't take less or skip doses.
  • If you take an over-the-counter pain reliever, choose Tylenol, not aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin), or naproxen sodium (Aleve) which can increase inflammation.
  • Pay careful attention to symptoms and side effects. Talk to your doctor regularly.

Complications With Crohn's

  • The side effects of medications. There is an extensive list of medications used to treat the disease, and the list of side effects is even longer. It's important that you pay close attention to your symptoms and talk to your doctor.
  • The reduced efficacy of medications over time. Your theraputic needs may change over time, so it's important to remain vigilant.
  • There's increased risk of bowel or colon cancer with Crohn's. Ask your doctor if you are up-to-date in all your tests.
  • The likelihood of surgery: About 70% with the disease eventually require surgery.

How Long Have You Had Crohn's?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Comments: Please add your questions, advice, and experience below.

Larry on March 05, 2020:

I have lost over 70 pounds, and have a difficult time gaining weight. My clothes don't fit anymore, and I feel tired all the time. I am 78 years old, and I have had crohn's since I was 35.

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Carol Cook on September 27, 2018:

I am 74 and was diagnosed with Enteritis (old name for Crohn's) when I was 19 years old. I have had one surgery in 1989 removing some small colon and intestine. I recently (3 years ago) had an operation to remove scar tissue which was a result of the first surgery. I only have occasional problems (usually related to something I eat) and take no Crohn's medication. I had retired but boredom sent me back to work for my prior employer. I plan to live to at least 100,

Duane on August 15, 2018:

I'm 68 and have had Crohn's disease for 24 years now. Most of the time I have kept it under control by my vegetarian diet and avoiding sugar. Because of that, my symptoms and flareups have been mild and I really haven't suffered anything painful or severe.

I had to be hospitalized twice in the past year, but that was because I had gone so many years without getting treatment. It was like 12 years of no problems to speak of.

They pumped me full of antibiotics and it put me clean back to normal. Now I only have to go back for a doctors appointment once every six months.

I have learned one important lesson form all this: eating meat and sugar makes the Crohn's disease more vicious and aggressive, but when you stay away from those foods, it's like the disease isn't even there for long periods of time.

John on February 25, 2018:

I have had Crohn's since 1974. In 1975 I had an intestinal resection of both small and large bowel. For the next ten years I suffered tremendously constant diarrhea which was a trial for family as much as for myself. At the time (early 1980's) there were no strong medications for Crohn's to my knowledge nor was I given any. Suffering decreased in the 90's. Occasional doses of prednisone were helpful . By the 30th year I was in remission. But in the in the 90's I developed severe asthma and they also put me on prednisone. Now 44 yrs. later I have only sporadic problems. I waited it out and feel that I have won. I am 76 yrs old now. But that was the hard way to do it.

But because with the two illnesses I have become steroid dependent. So now I able to live a more reasonable life though I may be steroid dependent and deal with it's side effects.

Tracy on November 29, 2017:

I would highly recommend looking into helminth therapy. There is a wik.

The wiki has a lot of information and there is a closed facebook group called "Helminth Therapy Support Group" that is very good.

I was desperate to find a natural treatment. When I found helminth therapy I was very ill and the therapy saved my life.

It's worth the time. It is scientifically backed up by research.

Google "helminth Therapy" and you will get many links.

I wish everyone the best of health.

Jeff on October 18, 2017:

If you're a young man, find an alternative to taking the powerful organ-rejection drugs like Remicade that are often prescribed for Crohn’s Disease. Young men - in their teens and twenties - are especially susceptible to developing terminal cancer on Remicade.

Donna on September 05, 2017:

Ask your doctors about entyvio infusions.. helped me.

Marie on August 20, 2017:

I was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014 I had my stomach 2015 I had my colon removed now 4/5/2027 I was diagnosed with having my chrons come back I am scared and told by doctors to prepare for worst? I asked cancer? Or death I can not seem to get answers can someone help me I have no ideal what to do next!!

Melinda Platter on June 12, 2017:

My best friends son was just recently diagnosed with Crohn's disease. He was only 15 yrs old and was also autistic. It took a while to get a diagnosis because even though he is 15 yrs old, he doesn't communicate like the average person due to the autism. My best friend is a single mom so I have watched her son and held his hands and tried to comfort when the pain was excruciating. It broke my heart. I knew very little about Crohn's disease before he was diagnosed. My heart goes out to everyone who has Crohn's disease. My best friend's son had received 4 Remicade infusions and they recently added prednisone. Unfortunately, he was still suffering a great deal and passed away earlier this month. I'm heartbroken for my friend and I truly wish that anyone with Crohn's disease gets necessary treatment and has a better outcome.

Toscka Texas on May 27, 2017:

For those who had questions regarding using the biologicals (Remicade, Humira, etc.)... My experience : I was hit by Crohns in my mid 30s,spent a summer in the hospital trying to get it under control and my weight back up. Spent the next six months or so on high doses of Prednisone while starting Remicade via their Patient Assistance Program. All I had to pay for was the actual infusion cost, which an infusion center only charged me $200 for. The Prednisone was a lifesaver, but we all know what that does to you long term. Was so happy when the Remicade finally got built up into my system enough to where I could slowly be weaned off the Pred. Remicade was amazing in keeping me in remission, but if I was late even one week in getting it I would start having symptoms again. Since then I have been switched to Humira. I inject myself once a week. Again, this is all via the pharmaceutical company's patient assistance program (I have no prescription insurance). I have gone from being a skeleton, in intense pain, and wanting to just lay still for the rest of my days, to completely healthy. I eat whatever I want (although I know I should be more cautious). I have zero joint pain, I'm 47 now but look and act and have the body of someone in their early 30s. I have had zero side effects from either of those drugs. I know everyone will respond to different treatments in different ways... We are all individuals... But for me, both Remicade and Humira gave me my life back, when I thought it was over. It does take a few treatments at least, though, to get it really rolling and effective in your system, and you MUST stick with the program, otherwise you make it less effective when trying to start back up, is my understanding. Stick with it and allow your body to heal.

Fred Day on May 22, 2017:

To "farhana" entry: get out of the country? I have no idea what to say but you can't lose hope.

Trixie's Mum on May 07, 2017:

I am 50. I had symptoms from being about 24, but because I wasn't bothered by diarrhoea, it took the NHS SIX YEARS to get me a diagnosis.

In the early days (after six years being treated for IBS, mostly), they tried me on steroids, but I couldn't tolerate the side-effects. Terrible vomiting (which I really have a thing against), and swelling everywhere.

Have had Elemental 028 so many times I don't remember any more.

I had a big surgery in 2003, but never really felt better after it, and had to have another only 18 months later. I thought I'd never be better.

I then had about ten years of remission.

Then about a year ago, I had a big flare up, and it turns out I have a tight stricture, which they couldn't widen during a colonoscopy, because it was all scar tissue from my previous surgeries. Have been on a super low-fibre/low residue diet for about 12 months now (no fruit and veg except sieved fruit smoothies; only white bread/pasta/rice....quite limited). Then about 2 months ago the Crohn's pain got so bad, I reduced my diet again, down to just white rice, rice crispies, a little lean fish and meat, and smooth soya deserts (the second surgery left me completely lactose intolerant). Then about a month ago, I couldn't even tolerate that, so now I'm managing on Elemental 028, supplemented with meringue nests and soya deserts. It's fairly intolerable. I mean, I've managed on Elemental for a couple of weeks at a time in the past, but now I"m on two months (one month with really almost nothing else), and it's getting me down.

Now they're saying I'm probably going to have to have more surgery.

Although I had a spell on Azathioprine, I have been unmedicated for most of my Crohn's time. I think that is about to end.....when I finally get seen. Still losing a lot of weight again.

That's that.

Joe T. on May 02, 2017:

I am 65. I have had Crohn's Disease since I was in my late teens.

I had surgery when I was 25 and doctors performed a bowel resection after they removed the diseased part of the small and large bowel. Except for an occasional bout with cramping I was free of symptoms for 25 years. I had a second surgery in the same location when I was fifty. Doctors performed another bowel resection. Again, except for an occasional (once a year) bout I have been symptom free for 15 years. I take Asacol.

farhana on April 30, 2017:

I am suffering from Crohn's diseases with Erythema nodosum (nodular vasculitis) since 2012 ... I am from Bangladesh...there is no patient, there is no Crohn's specialist, there is no treatment in my country ... I am fed up taking steroids again and again ... there is no hope to live ... there is no life to live ... what should I do !!! can anyone please answer me ???

Rosalyn McDermott on April 24, 2017:

I was first diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at age 15 and was treated periodically throughout my life time. I am now 62. In 2007 my first colonoscopy indicated Crohn's Disease. I do yoga, stress management, gluten free diet, organic foods, probiotic therapy, and vitamin supplements. I have not had any surgeries. One month ago my brother died from advanced Crohn's Disease. I am now faced with my first surgery, a bowel resection of the hepatic fixture (the curve at the top of the ascending colon) due to a one inch stricture. All of the medical professionals are trying to get me on a biologic such as remecaid or cimzia. I have avoided this for 5 years and I am now faced with a decision. I'm not sure what to do. I still have flares. One of my docs believes that the recent flares are due to the restriction. Does any one have experience with these drugs?

Cole wheeler on March 25, 2017:

I've had crohns disease 28 years had colon rectal surgery in 2008 the operation save my life I was 16 stone lost 7 stone in six mouths been clear to this day take the medication I'm 56 now and healthy I get flare ups now and then that's life with crohns

Anita on March 23, 2017:

I've had Crohns Disease for 35 yrs. now. In 1982 I had 12 inches of my colon removed. Was in & out of the hospital for about 2 1/2 months. I've been on about three different medications for the Crohns. I stick to my diet and don't eat anything I'm not suppose to. I try to enjoy life to the fullest. Being around friends seems to help a lot. But most of all I give all Praise to God because he has been right there with me throughout each situation. I pray often and attend Church as much as possible. Being with my Church family is a great comfort. When I first found out I had Crohns I didn't even know what it was, had never heard of it before. I just do the very best I can and live life one day at a time. Currently have had a flare up, taking extra medicine for it right now. Just maybe one day they'll find that Super Pill that can cure the Chrohns Disease.

Wendy Hillary Daunter on February 24, 2017:

I was 24when I first fell ill with crohns, I ad my big bowl removed,, and wore a bag,, I am now60and got crohns, back in my small bowl, I am so worried, I nearly died, it's so very sad and worrying

naomi on February 17, 2017:

my mum suffered 30 years in pain with crohns she had half her small bowel removed she had a bag attached she spent a month in hospital had bowel obstruction again in hospital while recovering from bronchitis she had to have surgery to fix the small bowel she passed away sadly in surgery from severe blood loss due to crohns she was such strong lady very unwell never home for long and back in hospital

Andrew O. on January 19, 2017:

I was diagnosed a couple of years ago at about 13. It had gone untreated for about 3-5 years due to terrible medical professionals in my small town. I have Stage 4 Crohn's and remission was deemed impossible. I received Remicade infusions until things started to go wrong. I went to get a colonoscopy done twice in row only for the doctors to tell us we were late. Then, due to financial situations, I couldn't go to the hospital for 6 months. That's where I am now. I haven't had an infusion, nor have I been taking any meds for that long. I am still experiencing symptoms.

Susan Bell on November 28, 2016:

I was diagnosed at 30, just after giving birth to my daughter.

I have had 6 surgeries in total, arthritis to the point of not being able to walk, sitting up in a corner to sleep because my arthritis was so bad. The arthritis went on for months.

At the age of 57 another bowel re-section that came undone and spread bacteria throughout my body. This time a surgery was performed to create an illeostomy, there were 4 or 5 drainage tubes coming out of variou parts of my behind, hips and stomach to drain the many abesss. TPN to feed me. I lost 70 lbs, I was 150 at admittance. All my incisions also dehissed which lead to an entire different problem which need medical attention 3 times daily. Eventually I could not walk, used a wheel chair, lost all my hair and muscle mass and was hospitalized for 8 months. When I left it was with Home Care daily for 2 or 3 months because my would remained open and I still had drainage pumps.

Not a fun time, I probably have all this look forward to again I am told. I will never go through again, it was a living hell.

I am on Remicade, 9 vials every 8 weeks at the cost $9000.00 per treatment. It works on a day to ,day basis but can do nothing for all the damage before this drug was available. 5

I am thankful for the people of helps, I pray that it will work for your lifetime.

Chuck on November 27, 2016:

I've had U/C - Crones now for 20 some years, currently 62 years old. I've been through the gammit of drug treatment. I had great results with Humera for about 6 years then it just stopped working. Currently I'm taking Remecade infusions every 7 weeks at $18000 a treatment. Yes I said $18000 7 is times a year. As Humera worked for me Remecade now does. On the positive, I've had no surgery to date but when the meds stop working and the symtoms return, life is hell. Who knows how the side effects of the meds will play out.

C on November 06, 2016:

Ive been battling CD since I was about 12 years old. When i was 12,i was always passing out on the couch coming home from school and just feeling tired 24/7. I knew that when i went to the bathroom i was not suppose to see blood in my stool but i did. I was always too afraid to tell my parents because i didn't really know what was wrong with me. One day at school i passed out on the floor in the library and went right to the hospital. I went to get my blood results back and they all came back negative so i went straight in for a blood transfusion and a colonoscopy the following day. I had never been so scared in my life, when i got my results back i went onto a medication called Prednizone which resulted in my to gain 45 lbs in 2 months. I am now 17 still dealing with crohns disease but i don't let it control me anymore, i just do what i can to stay healthy, workout, eat properly and its really helped me. So far i have no had any surgery and i plan to hopefully keep it that way. I was so scared of crohns that my whole life consumed me of worrying but right now I'm so grateful at the place i am now myself and with my disease.

Rebecca on October 24, 2016:

I've had Chrohns for 27 years. I have controlled it from avoiding all foods that make it flare up. I just had a recent colonoscopy and everything looks good. Only 2 polups (sp) were to be removed. However after the colonoscopy Ive been flared up. Not sure if the laxative and testing "juice" caused this or not, but I am working toward quieting the dragon within. :-)

4915 on September 28, 2016:

i'm only 15 and i had to go to the hospital for pooping straight blood, puking, and bad stomach aches. They said i either have colitis or crohn's disease. I have to go to a doctor to get a colonoscopy. & honestly i'm kind of scared. should i be?

Vickram on August 19, 2016:

I've just been detected with crohn's disease. I'm 53. Don't know what to do?

mike on July 31, 2016:

jon: What medication are you taking? Maybe I can share some of mine with you?

Robbie357 on July 22, 2016:

I have had Cohn's for 18 years. I have had 9 surgeries to remove most of my lower intestine and colon I have a permanent colostomy. About 14 years ago my intestine burst while I was asleep. I was put in a drug induced coma for 3 weeks it was suppose to be a month but my heart started acting up and they had to pull me out early. I spent 6 months in the hospital that time.. It was the longest and most painful 6 months of my life. LOL. And I know pain. I had a total hip replacement with complications. When the surgeon sawed The Femur bone off it crumble like chalk . They could not get the pain under control. I had a heart attack on Saturday a massive heart attack on Sunday and a quadruple bypass's the following Tuesday a week to the day of my hip replacement. You just have to take it one day at a time.LOL And sometimes you just have to suck it up and smile when some one ask how you feel."LIE!" And "SMILE" when you do it. If you complain constantly people will get to where they don't want to be around you. The thing that will help you most is to learn to meditate. With a whole lot of practice you can learn to put your mind some where else. If it were not for being able to do that I think I would have lost my mind .

Jon on May 17, 2016:

I have had crohns for about 15 years. It is a huge weight that I struggle to carry. I was recently fired from my job in financial sales for not making my quota, now I can not afford my insurance and am afraid I will be without insurance. I am running out of medication and the bills are stacking up. I am depressed and in pain and I am afraid. I was a straight A student and an athlete. That all changed when crohns hit me. It took me 7 years to graduate college bc I couldn't walk to class from the pain. I have been able to recover my health with medication, but mentally I don't know. I feel like life left me behind and I am not supposed to be here. The pain is getting worse by the day as I try to stretch out my medicine. I don't know what to do. I need about $600 more dollars to pay my cobra and after I pay for that I still will not be able to afford the script refill. I remember the pain I suffered for years and I don't know if I can do it again. Crohns has literally destroyed my life and I just hope I can make it through this and find a way. Part of me feels so much stronger due to the crohns and pain I have endured. I see things differently now and I sometimes think thats a good thing. Other times I wish I could live like I once did, taking my life for granted, being happy and free.

Johm on May 09, 2016:

Hi iv been diagnosed today with 28 yrs old and it's all a big surprise to me since I'm a generally healthy person who exercises on a regular bases. I have not yet had to get surgery but it's def a possibility in near future. I will b startin to take steroids to manage my symptoms. Iv been constantly reading up on this disease and sounds like with self management And treatment from doctors I can still live a long normal-sh life wich was my main concern. I hope the best for myself and anyone else with this disease and hopefully they will find a cure.

Snakesmum on May 06, 2016:

Crohn's has been part of my life for about 6 years now. I didn't know what the problem was until I was admitted to hospital with heavy bleeding after severe abdominal pains. Since then, I haven't had a really bad attack, as I watch what I eat. No more curries or spicy foods. If it starts to play up, I eat very bland foods for a few days, and so far, am not on any medication. I think I'm luckier than most with CD as it doesn't interfere with my life very much.

shirley wagenheim on November 26, 2015:

I have had crohns for 69 yrs, I had a resections of the small intestine 55 yrs ago. I live with crohns and do not know any other way of life. I have lived through everything in my sixty yrs with crohns. I have a wonderful husband who does not know any other way than how we have been living. I am 87 yrs young and look good and still can enjoy myself in spite of it. I tae good care of myself, that is important.

obaid on October 22, 2015:

chron's disease since the age of 4 , lived every single day with pain till the age of 12 , started medication and due to this medication which wasn't working on me for unknown reason they changed my treatment to biological treatment involving weeks , months and years (depends on how much time you spent taking it ) . 5k$+ for every injection and even though i didn't mind the biological treatment i suffer on weekly basis 3 times - 4 times from pain (same as getting punched in the stomach) for 7 hours non-stop and can lead me to missing 1 day of university .

Do not smoke (My biggest mistake)

Find something to do (Which i never do)

Never give up and get used to the pain ( Like i did )

Due to a unknown reason my body sometimes stops moving for 2-3 hours and the only thing i do is wait .

DO NOT be happy or sad that you got the disease , be normal because this is nothing compared to people that has cancer .

steph on September 03, 2015:

I suffered a toxic mega colon aged 7 and survived, barely, but its 21 years on and the problems keep coming, i'm about to have the 5th major surgery of my life and there is only so much of my small intestine i can live without, i'm finding it increasing difficult to maintain weight, of course my life expectancy is reduced by this, there is added pressure on my heart. There are a number of nasty things Crohns can throw at you. Its unrealistic to think this doesn't reduce life expectancy.

wizzle on July 20, 2015:

as one who struggles with crohn's disease, i was rather disappointed in the findings. i would prefer to die earlier (like 60 or something) than 78+ years old, and deal with the pain for that much longer ;) guess there's only a few of us out there who feel this way. lol

Rebecca on July 12, 2015:

Some people's Crohns can be very serious and even in this day and age can shorten their life. I don't mean to scare anyone, but all natural treatments don't work for everyone and can do more harm than good. My mother was diagnosed with Crohns disease at 19 years old and is now 58. She is in a very bad place and is currently being treated at the Mayo clinic to re-position her permanent ostomy. She has no large intestine and has short bowel syndrome as she has almost no small intestine left. What is left is actively fighting crohns and in bad shape. When people deal with a disease this badly for so long, their bodies stop responding to medications. She averages two years or less on each new drug before they are completely ineffective. They told her due to the extensive scarring, adhesions and conditions of her abdomen, they will never operate again. I do believe this condition will shorten her life. Stay in contact with your doctors and monitor this condition very closely, it can change in a heartbeat.

Anonymous on June 27, 2015:

my husband has had Crohn's disease since he was 16 years old he is now 50. It's like any other disease you learn to live with the ups and the downs. Just remember a healthy person can have their lifespan sho my husband has had Crohn's disease since he was 16 years old he is now 50. It's like any other disease you learn to live with the ups and the downs. A healthy person's life span can also be shortened just by walking outside and getting hit by a bus. Remember to live life to the fullest.

LW on June 01, 2015:

Except I don't really want to live a normal life span if it's a life like this. I would give up well over a decade of my life if I could get rid of my symptoms forever. Happily.

Demi on May 21, 2015:

I have been suffering with intense cd for years and it has been left untreated and because off this the damage coursed is untreatable I am only 23 and to anyone that is reading this my advise is if u have any worrys or concerns u should see ur doctor as an early prognoses is better as less damage is coursed and can be easily managed along side specialists

tarek boughdiri on May 15, 2015:

A common fear that many people have when they find out that they have Crohn’s Disease is will they live as long as normal people. Having Crohn’s Disease doesn’t mean that you won’t live to a ripe old age and enjoy all of the great things that life has to offer.

Having Crohn’s Disease doesn’t mean that you are going to drop dead tomorrow, or have a life ten years shorter than everyone else. People with Crohn’s Disease have a relatively normal life expectancy compared to the general population.

You may need to make lifestyle changes to make sure that your Crohn’s stays in remission, but on the whole people with Crohn’s Disease can do anything that they put their minds to.

Some lifestyle changes can include diet, getting enough exercise and keeping stress and stress levels in check. By looking after yourself and your body you can enjoy life as much as the next person.

The risk of dying from an acutely serious attack of Crohn’s Disease in this day and age is relatively low. If you had Crohn’s Disease in the 1950’s the risk of death due to a serious attack of Crohn’s was well over 30 percent!

Even though some flare ups can be life threatening, with the knowledge that you are getting from this site and what you already know, I’m sure there is no need to be worried and lose any sleep at night.

Even though the risk of colon cancer is slightly higher than the general population 3-5 percent on average, with the proper care these things can be easily managed. With the use of natural solutions, as well as working with your doctor for tests etc to keep track of how things are going in your body, you will be fine.

My Crohn’s has been very close to life threatening at times, before I learned about natural solutions and what they could do for me. I am very grateful to my doctors and specialist who kept me alive through this time. Because of this I can be here today to share with you some other options when it comes to Crohn’s Disease, and getting yourself well again.

If you have any concerns about your life expectancy because you have Crohn’s Disease I invite you to ask your doctor about it next time you see him. He will tell you the same as I have been telling you about your life expectancy, that you will live a normal and happy life, but maybe with some changes.

Staying fit is great for helping your life expectancy and your health in general. Being active is important when you have Crohn’s Disease, as being fit helps you to have better digestion. If you have a flare up it can be hard to be active, but any kind of movement is better than none.

Here is wishing you a long, happy life. Be grateful that you will live as long as any else, hey you may live longer because you chose to look after yourself and your body for the betterment of your health.

darcey on April 16, 2015:

I have had crohns since age of 12 diagnosed i am now 52 i dont remember living without it i received a permanent ostomy at 28 numerous ops my life is a continuous roller coaster but thru it all i smile i have become a master of the masks a maestro of pain

Stephanie Nagel on April 10, 2015:

I am having a lot of problems with my 11 yr old constantly vomiting. He is sent home from school so much. Since he was little he's had a bad gag reflex, if something smelled bad, or just strong to.him, forget it, he will lose it! Example, he wouldn't be able to come into wawa with me because of the coffee smell! Anyway, a lot of other symptoms as well. Today I was talking to a few teachers, and councillors at his school and one of them has a son with Crohn's. She told me about her son, and everything she said seemed like what my son goes through. The only thing is my son has a good appititie some of the time.....and his weight is healthy, a little over in my opinion ((I am not crazy and make him diet, he doesn't look overweight))

Anyway, what I am getting at is what can I look for until I can get him in my dr? Also, does Crohn's have to have all symptoms or do ppl only show some? Im worried, and would like to know what is wrong, watching him constantly sick to his stomach is hard......and missing so much school is detrimental to his education.

Alex on March 29, 2015:

Im 17 years old and recently been diagnosed with Crohn's. I've had to have a life saving operation with just 25% of survival because of how bad the Crohn's had got to my bowel. This meaning 15cm of my bowel having to be removed. I am now waiting on my second operation for everything to be revered.

Before all this happened I used to sprint for Mandale athletics club in the 100m I have recently got back into the sport I love and am fighting hard to get back to the level I was racing at. Just to let everyone know not to be afraid of this disease because im sure not and remember your mind is your biggest enemy.

resha on March 29, 2015:

hi guys i hav a nephew with crohn disease he suffers a lot....on seeing her child in this condition' the mother gets deppression...omg all of us needs to care for cure yet

Lana on March 11, 2015:

In 1972,@ 13 yrs old I was diagnosed & treated for ulcerative colitis, about the same time the decision was made to change the way wheat was grown,growing my family ate a lot of wheat.

After 3 yrs of azulphidine I suppose I was considered to be in remission.

I've managed flare ups with changing to a gluten (wheat,rye,barley & oats) free diet & I dance or walk for exercise, I also meditate & pray & managing time & stress help too. Stress is an agitator. This I've learned over 40 year history.

I have recently been diagnosed with Chrone's Disease after having few problems since I went into remission with ulcerative colitis.

I've also had an unusual amount of stress but have removed the agitator and am on my way to remission again I hope.

Nick on February 20, 2015:

I am 18 and was diagnosed about two years ago, and I am part a specialized study to do research on CD. Before being diagnosed,I suffered from extreme abdominal pains. However, my doctors put me on 100mg of mercaptapurine (not sure if that's spelled right, but it is also known as 6MP) It is in the form of pills so no needles are needed. ever since they put me on that medicine,I have not had any pain or signs of CD.

From what I understand, CD affects everybody differently, with various forms of intensity. I see commercials for that Humira, but I don't trust any drug that has a commercial.

Hopefully you all can achieve remission as well, despite it being scary when you first learn of it.

sunny bains on November 04, 2014:

Hi 2 al i av ad chrones for 6 years and ad it bad ive been in an out of hospitals for a long tym now i keep aving problems wiv fistula's they opperate an leave the wounds open av them packed once that's nearly heald i get another 1 its been goin on for long an cant seem 2 get rid of them ,any who can help or any sugestions plz

Donna on October 20, 2014:

I have chron's for about 4 years now. I am taking medications for it called Humira I give myself a needle of the med every 2 weeks and have been in remission now since I starting taking it(about 2 1/2 years now) it save my life, keeps me from living in the bathroom. I have only had one flare-up and that is just recently because of my diet.

henray brown on October 02, 2014:

I have chrones and had two surgerys but they have it under control I'm doing good so far let's all get together meet up and hold a support group month to month cause it can really get real frustrated at times???

Jaylen on September 19, 2014:

I just got diagnosed with crohn's. I am 16 years old, I am scared of not being able to be the same rebellious, free, teen i was before. I guess things happen for a reason, and things change for a reason. It frightens me to know my life is going to change forever with this disease.

Mike on June 25, 2014:

Sam: I had a similar procedure done when I was in the hospital, it sucks but is temporary. Your nephew can live a long life, and with the right medication relatively normal. I have had months/years of remission and months/years of unending pain.

sam on May 13, 2014:

My 16 yr nephew was told he has crohn disease and he has to have surgery. The doctor told him he would have to put a tube down his nose into his body to keep that crap broke up him self and eventually this disease will kill him. Can anyone tell me exactly what this is and how long u last with this crohn disease?

Bob on March 23, 2014:

Comfort care unfortunately is the same as can happen...too many unknowns yet and too many nasty side effects

kim on March 14, 2014:

I am so sorry, Sue, about your brother. What exactly is comfort care?

Sue on November 30, 2013:

My brother has been battling CD for over 20 yrs. He was hospitalized 10 months ago (turned 60 in July) and sadly just today we had to make the toughest decision of our lives to place him in "comfort" care. I guess he is the 3%. :(

sherine zohdi on November 23, 2013:

My daughter has chron's for years, last thing is that she is on remicade.

We have no medical insurance in Egypt that can cover the high cost of the remicade, I currently support her but I cannot stop thinking of how can she manage if anything happens to me....the moment I see her suffering I remmber a flash back of all the years she suffered from the pains , it even took the Egyptian doctors 5 years to discover the chron's!!!!!!!!!!!!

heather on October 09, 2013:

with taking autoimmune suppressant drugs to treat CD there is also a risk of contracting another infection that will wipe you out.

realist on July 15, 2013:

uh ... did you forget about the cancer in the colon? Those of us with CD have a significantly higher chance of getting it.

louise on May 02, 2013:

I have chrohns and am going through a very bad time! I found this information very interesting x

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on April 29, 2013:

Dear andrewfrancis

Thank you for an informative article on this condition that many people find difficult to both deal with or even talk about.

Voted up,useful and interesting.

Kind regards Peter

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