We see many heart-breaking cases of Crohn’s disease in our Social Security disability department. This disease can be devastating on a person’s ability to work.
The Healthline site has excellent information about Crohn’s disease. Here is a description of the disease from the site:
Crohn’s disease—also known as regional enteritis—is an illness that is characterized by abnormal inflammation within the digestive tract. This inflammation can cause a host of other complications that can interfere with the body’s ability to process food and can even be life threatening.
At this time, Crohn’s disease is incurable, and its cause remains unknown. The good news, however, is that Crohn’s can be successfully managed, allowing many of its sufferers to minimize its effect on their lives.
Crohn’s commonly strikes the lower portion of the small intestine (called the ileum) or parts of the large intestine (the colon), but symptoms can appear anywhere within the gastrointestinal system from the mouth to the anus.
It can cause deep inflammation which affects most or all of the tissue layers in the affected area, and it is not unusual for there to be a number of diseased portions present at the same time, with portions of healthy tissue in between.
The disease can cause symptoms in cycles, with active periods of severe symptoms followed by other periods where a person can be mostly or completely free of symptoms.