Chronic diseases such as Crohn's disease are part of everyday life for many. Modern medicine makes it easier for those affected, but there are still various challenges. Medication is an important part of managing Crohn's disease as symptom-free as possible. As of today, Crohn's disease is not curable, but can only be treated to the best of our knowledge and as targeted as possible.
The disease was diagnosed during various examinations such as MRI and colonoscopies when I was 19 years old. I am absolutely 'average' in this regard, as the diagnosis is made quite early. Patients often experience their first symptoms at a young age. My first acute phase was quickly and effectively ended with the use of medications such as cortisone. Acute phase means: abdominal pain (especially after meals in the digestion phase), digestive disorders, and possibly other symptoms such as weight loss.
From then on, things continued quite unspectacularly. I was put on the medication 'Azathioprine' - an immunosuppressant. Fortunately, I had almost no complaints and tolerated the medication well.
A few years passed. During this time, my condition unfortunately deteriorated. I lost weight and my abdominal pain increased again. Occasionally, I had a fever. I was admitted to the hospital and after a few examinations, the decision was made: 'Surgery is necessary'.
A section of my colon was removed (specifically the transition from the colon to the small intestine). This type of surgery is actually not uncommon in the course of Crohn's disease, but no one likes to be on the operating table. Overall, everything went well and I was able to be discharged after a week. I was already back on my feet after a month and had gained weight.
After the surgery, I was treated with medication again and still take them. The ANABOX smart has been helping me through my everyday life until today. Compared to other diseases, I don't take many different pills. This means: in the morning, a few supplements such as iron or folic acid. These are typical deficiencies, especially after intestinal surgery. In the evening, I take my immunosuppressants. Regular intake is particularly important for these. One should not forget to take these pills, as this can lead to relapses.
Crohn's disease is a 'society disease', as it is often called. The cases are increasing. The reason for this is not yet clear. However, this means that a lot is happening in the medical field to make the everyday life of those affected as pleasant as possible. Personally, I also have friends with Crohn's disease and can say from my own experience as well as from theirs that life continues almost normally. One should pay attention to their diet and, above all, regularly visit the doctor to adjust their therapy as best as possible. The ANABOX smart is a nice companion here. Although my thoughts are not yet confused, I still occasionally forget whether I have taken my medication. And this is exactly where this electronic companion is perfect.