Crohn's vs. Eosinophilic Colitis

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   Posted 6/16/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I figured this is the only place to ask this question considering not your average person know about eosinophilic diseases etc.. and I'm sure most of you are also familiar with Crohn's disease..
but I was just curious to know..
Considering Eos. Colitis and Crohn's disease are both awful diseases to have... out of the 2, which one would be the worst one to have? I always thought the EC, but I have had doctors tell me different, but you guys know a lot of about eos disorders etc.. and wanted your opinions since a lot of docs truly still don't know a lot about eos diseases.

thank you in advance for your opinions!

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   Posted 6/16/2009 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Having this condition basically means that you have higher than usual levels of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell that helps fight infections and plays a part in responding to allergies, in your large intestine. This can cause inflammation and damage to the tissue of your intestine.

Symptoms can include nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhoea, difficulty swallowing, poor appetite, poor growth, abdominal pain and reflux (regurgitation).

The impact on a person’s life can be enormous. As well as managing the illness on a restricted diet, many young people also need medication to control the disease.

In some ways it may seem worse than CD but CD is no picnic either as it does have risks like fistulas, obstructions, strictures and extraintestinal manifestations the EOS may not's basically comparing apples and oranges.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 6/16/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
wow, i'm happy to hear someone knows about eos disorders... to be honest, i am diagnosed with having both, plus chronic ileus. I was just wondering if i had to give up one, which one would i choose.. they both cause me chronic daily pain, i can't eat regardless, both are affecting my organs and body everywhere else..its just a mess. thank you for your opinion, that means a lot!

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   Posted 6/17/2009 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Jennca - if you are in the US, you might try Culturelle - a probiotic supplement. The particular bacteria in it has been shown to reduce the circulating levels of IgE which is connected with the allergic response. It is available in many drug stores and drug departments in large chains. I can't guarantee anything, but it might help your symptoms.
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