Apparently my Gamzu/Gamson family line has individuals who are suffering from Crohn’s disease. We are searching for distant (and close too) cousins who have (or previous generation who had) Crohn’s disease.
I know there are over 20 Gamzu family lines which we are trying to connect from Plunkyan. If any of your ancestors or current relatives has Crohn’s disease, please let me know. It is a genetic disease, and is especially found in people of Eastern European Jewish descent.
Crohn's disease usually occurs in people between ages 15 – 35 but may occur at any age. Your genes and environmental factors play a role in Crohn’s disease, as well as those whose body over-reacts to normal bacteria in the intestines.
People who are more likely to get this disease are those who:
Have a family history of Crohn's disease (at least 10 times that of the general population)
Symptoms depend on what part of the gastrointestinal tract is affected. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and can come and go with periods of flare-ups. The main symptoms of Crohn's disease are:
Crampy abdominal pain
Loss of appetite
Pain with passing stool
Persistent, watery diarrhea
Other symptoms may include:
Fistulas (usually around the rectal area, may cause draining of pus, mucus, or stools)
Joint pain and swelling
Rectal bleeding and bloody stools
Skin lumps or sores (ulcers)