Coping With Crohn’s Disease: The Story of Patient Brooke Smith

Crohn’s disease is a condition of the gastrointestinal tract for which there is currently no cure. However, it can be treated if patients seek specialized help. In this video, Brooke Smith talks about her experience with the inflammatory bowel disease — from misdiagnosis to the difficulties in finding a treatment that would really help ease the symptoms.

“My first symptoms were constant stomach pains, aching all over, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constantly. Every time I ate, it felt like I was swallowing tacks. I didn’t even want to eat. I went to several doctors, and it took about three years for me to be diagnosed with Crohn’s disease,” Brooke said in the video shared on YouTube by Stanford Health Care where Brooke was treated.

After initially trying treatment with medication, Brooke’s doctor thought that surgery could help her. However, after being anesthetized and prepped for the removal of part of her intestine, the doctor discovered there was too much inflammation and it was not possible to carry out the procedure. It seemed that Brooke would have to continue to living with Crohn’s disease symptoms until her life was changed by a specialized who recommended a helpful therapy.

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