When we picture a person with a serious illness we imagine them looking physically ill and in pain. While this is the case for some major illnesses plaguing residents in New Jersey and elsewhere, it is important to note that not all major illnesses are physically noticeable. This means that some individuals suffering debilitating illnesses are silently suffering. Nonetheless, this does not make them any less sick or disabled.

Take for example Crohn’s disease. Roughly 1.4 million Americans currently suffer from this disease that is marked by the inflammation of the lining of the GI tract. This disease is considered to be very painful and can significantly disrupt the lives of those living with it.

What are the symptoms and treatments for Crohn’s disease? Common symptoms include diarrhea, intestinal cramping, nausea and fatigue; however, this disease could also cause ulcers, mouth sores, weight loss, perianal disease, developmental delays in children and the inflammation of the skin, eyes, joints liver and bile duct.

In order to address the symptoms of the disease, it is suggested that sufferers take 7 steps; all of them changing the life of the sufferer. First, it is suggested to change your diet. This means removing any foods that could be problematic. Next, one is supposed to monitor their symptoms, noting what causes symptoms to worsen or get better.

Chron’s disease suffers should also drink plenty of fluids, manage their stress levels, take supplements and avoid certain medications that could interfere with normal digestion and gut health. Finally, it is suggested that they replenish the good bacteria in the gut. This is commonly accomplished by taking probiotic and adding apple cider vinegar, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and other probiotic foods to their diet.

While there are ways to naturally treat and address the symptoms of Crohn’s, this does not automatically alleviate the pain and suffering with the illness. Thus, if you are currently living with this or any other illness and are unable to live a normal life or maintain a job because of it, it is possible to seek Social Security disability benefits. These benefits could help an individual with their financial necessities, helping them maintain their basic living needs.