News: ESPN: Jags Garrard Ill

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    Friday, April 30, 2004

    Associated Press
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Doctors have diagnosed Jaguars quarterback David Garrard with Crohn's disease, an intestinal ailment that sent him to the hospital last week and left him sidelined Friday for the start of the team's minicamp.

    Crohn's disease causes blockage in the intestines. The cause of the illness is unknown and there is no known cure. Crohn's disease causes chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and weight loss. It afflicts more than 500,000 people in the United States.

    Garrard, a third-year veteran, said he started feeling sick in January. After a battery of tests, he was diagnosed with Crohn's on March 23.

    He has since lost about 10 pounds. Last week, medicine he had been taking to combat the illness lost effectiveness and he had to be hospitalized. He opted against surgery to alleviate the blockage and instead went on a relatively new medicine, Remicade, that removes a type of protein from the bloodstream that can cause the inflammation.

    Garrard said he was feeling fine Friday, but is sitting out because he's not in playing shape.

    "It feels like I'm walking in mud right now," Garrard said. "I'm healthy, not having any problems, eating right. I'm just trying to get my legs back."

    While not considered life-threatening, Crohn's can stay in a person's system for years, and patients can relapse at any time. Doctors have assured Garrard that playing football won't put him at any risk because of the disease.

    "It's going to do whatever it's going to do on its own," Garrard said. "Football isn't going to bring it back or keep it away."

    The Jaguars signed free-agent quarterback Doug Johnson earlier this week. In Friday morning's workout, Johnson took several snaps that would have gone to Garrard. Coach Jack Del Rio said the signing had nothing to do with Garrard's health.

    "I thought it was a great opportunity to bring in a quarterback and strengthen ourselves at that position," Del Rio said.

    Garrard conceded he was scared before he knew what was wrong. Now, however, he's looking at the bright side: He's eating better, has lost weight and is happy because the illness isn't as serious as it could have been.

    "It's bigger than football," he said. "It's just how I'm going to be from now on."
  2. underdark

    underdark Member

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    this disease absolutely can be life threatening - it is certainly career threatening if it is a bad case. surgery involves resecting portions of the colon or intestines
  3. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    It is not that life threating or career threating even if he has the operation he will be able to play football.

    The main thing for him is his diet

    Differnt foods and spices do differnt things that make it hard on a person with crohens

    You are over anaylzing the disease can it kill you if not treated properly yes.

    This is far from a severe disease.
  4. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    It's a fairly serious disease, IMO.


    Small Bowel Obstruction
    Perianal/perirectal fistulas
    Bowel perforation
    Insidious GI blood loss
    Bowel cancer (rate 3 times higher than general population)
    Inflammatory arthritis
    Inflammation of the eye
    Inflammatory skin rashes
    Kidney stones

    Unfortunately, Crohn's can affect any part of the GI tract from the mouth all the way down to the anus. If the patient develops severe localized GI problems they may develop an obstruction, hemorrhage or perforation of their intestinal wall. They may also develop an arthritis with commonly involves feet, ankles, knees and SI joints.

    Remicade has been a big step in the right direction, revolutionary in some sense. Hopefully, he does well.
  5. da_boyz_mk

    da_boyz_mk How 'Bout Dem Cowboys

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    i wish him the best.
  6. Horshu

    Horshu New Member

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    I would have to respectfully, but strongly disagree with your perception of the disease. Two memebers of my immediate family have Crohns and it affects their lives every hour of every day. Diet has very little to do with the big picture. You can only operate on the condition so many times before there is nothing left to remove. Not a pretty life by any means from that point forward.

  7. Phrozen Phil

    Phrozen Phil Well-Known Member

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    Crohns can mean different things to different people. I share your observation about the fact that it is ever-present. I work wih several people who have Crohn's and they have all had to make adjustments to their lifestyle. Stress can, and I mean can be a factor. It will be interesting to see if this young man can be an effective elite athlete with this condition. Like others, I wish him well.
  8. Q_the_man

    Q_the_man Well-Known Member

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    It's good to know we have a couple Doctors on this site to help us out!
  9. windward

    windward NFL Historian

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    Good Luck for David, always thought he was an intriguing prospect
  10. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    Yes, ditto!

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