Caring for My Husband's Crohn's

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My husband, Mike, began experiencing the symptoms of Crohn's disease in his twenties, but no doctor could figure out the problem. One night, a few months after the symptoms started, Mike began experiencing intense stomach pain. We rushed to the emergency room. It turned out he had a bowel obstruction and needed surgery to fix it. It wasn't until the surgery that the doctors identified the real culprit: Crohn's disease.

The 10 years following his first surgery were tough. There were times when Mike was fine, and then there were times when he was really sick. He tried different medications and lifestyle changes, but inevitably, the night sweats would return, he'd suffer from excruciating stomach pain, and he'd stay in bed for days. He'd eat what he could, but remained very thin.

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that injures the intestines. People with Crohn's discuss living with the disease.

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