Living with Crohn's is different for every person who's affected with the disease. (Read more about how to deal with your emotions when you're living with Crohn's in the Fall 2010 issue of Crohn'sAdvocate magazine.) Although one person may have severe symptoms of Crohn's disease, someone else's may be more mild. As a result, healthcare professionals often refer to patients in certain stages of the disease. Defining what stage a patient is in will often help to determine what treatment strategy will be prescribed.
This chart shows the characteristics of Crohn's disease that accompany each stage.
Remission and Crohn's Disease
At times, your symptoms may decrease or even disappear entirely. But don't forget, remission is different for different people. For some, it may last days or years. For others, relapse may occur at any time.
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