Dynamo, whose real name is Steven Frayne, shared the shocking image online
The photo shows Dynamo's swollen face which is a result of his treatment
The treatment for Crohn's is steroids and one of the side effects is weight gain
He developed the condition as a teenager and had to have half of his stomach removed aged 17 to help combat the disease
Published: 15:16 EDT, 26 March 2018 | Updated: 04:50 EDT, 27 March 2018
Dynamo looked almost unrecognisable after revealing the impact of his Crohn's disease by sharing a picture of his swollen face.
The magician, whose real name is Steven Frayne, posted a picture online showing the side effects of the steroid treatment for the condition.
The 34-year-old has had the disease since he was a teenager and has to follow a strict diet in order to battle it.
Dynamo, 34 looked almost unrecognisable after revealing the impact of his Crohn's disease by sharing a picture of his swollen face on Instagram
After having half of his stomach removed aged 17 he still wakes up in 'excruciating pain' nearly every day.
The illusionist opened up about his condition by posting a head shot on Instagram of what his appearance looks like now with the caption 'no filter'.
One of the main symptoms of the disease is causing inflammation to the stomach lining which Dynamo manages by banning gluten, dairy, fat and vegetables from his diet.
Although treating the condition with steroids reduces the inflammation it has side effects including weight gain.
The magician as he looked before the swelling after following a strict diet which bans gluten, dairy and vegetables
Although there is no long term cure currently available for the condition Dynamo claims he refuses to let it hold him back.
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He previously told the Mirror: 'If you've got Crohn's then you just have to get on with it, deal with the negative things that come with it, and not let it change the happiness in your life. You can't help it; it's what it is.
'It's more about affecting the comfort levels of your life. It can be incredibly restrictive, and I know some people with it who can't even leave the house. And that is so sad.'
Dynamo pictured on a rare public outing with his wife Kelly Frayne
Although Dynamo has never had to have a colostomy bag fitted he admitted that he may need one in the future and he has come to terms with that.
He said: 'There was a time my life when I had to have an operation and I nearly died in hospital, and one of the options was to give me a colostomy bag. I was only 18 and at that age it would have been awful, I couldn't have got my head space around it, but thankfully that wasn't the case.
Fans came out in support of Dynamo with one posting: 'Get well soon, no fun for us Crohn’s suffers!'
Another added: 'Get well soon....... Stay strong. We're always with you Dynamo.'
A fellow Crohn's sufferer wrote: 'From a fellow crohn's sufferer, I wish you all the best and a very speedy recovery. Fingers crossed you are in remission soon, whatever that may be eh. Keep strong, it may win many battles but it shall never win the war.'
The 34-year-old has had the disease since he was a teenager and has to follow a strict diet in order to battle it
The treatment offered for Crohn's disease is usually steroid medication to reduce the inflammation.
However, like in Dynamo's case, the steroid treatment can cause weight gain and swelling of the face.
Other side effects include increased vulnerability to infections as well as thinning and weakening of the bones.
Examples of corticosteroids used for Crohn's disease include prednisolone tablets or hydrocortisone injections.
What is Crohn's disease?
Crohn's disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.
Inflammation most commonly occurs in the last section of the small or large intestine but it can affect any part of the digestive system.
Common symptoms can include:
- abdominal pain
- fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- unintended weight loss
- blood and mucus in your faeces (stools)
Remission occurs when people with the disease go long periods of time without symptoms however these periods can be followed by flare ups of symptoms.
Why it happens
The exact cause of Crohn's disease is unknown. However, research suggests a combination of factors may be responsible. These include:
genetics – genes you inherit from your parents may increase your risk of developing Crohn's disease
the immune system – the inflammation may be caused by a problem with the immune system that causes it to attack healthy bacteria in the gut
previous infection – a previous infection may trigger an abnormal response from the immune system
smoking – smokers with Crohn's disease usually have more severe symptoms than non-smokers
environmental factors – Crohn's disease is most common in westernised countries such as the UK, and least common in poorer parts of the world such as Africa, which suggests the environment has a part to play
Celebrities who have also been diagnosed with Crohn's disease
The international pop star was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 13 and has proudly showed off her stomach scar ever since.
Speaking to Crohn's and Colitis UK she said: 'I suffered the embarrassment and challenge of being a teenager and dealing with a disease that held a stigma of shame.
'I have been very lucky to have long periods of remission with this disease and am aware that this is not the norm.'
TV personality Sam was diagnosed with the condition in 2014 aged 23 and claims it completely changed her life.
Sam told the charity that the condition caused her agonising pain, changed her body and made her alter her lifestyle.
She said: 'I am now really focused on my diet and health and understand that feeling ‘well’ is one of the most important things for me and my family.
'I’m managing my condition well at the moment, but it’s an ongoing battle that I will live with forever.'
The Emmerdale favourite was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when he was 26, and lost his mother (who also had Crohn’s) due to complications following surgery.
Jeff worried that the condition would stop his career taking off but following surgery, medication and diet control he has been playing the role of Cain Dingle since 2000.
He said: 'I know it's embarrassing to talk about it, but even simple solutions like being near a bathroom at work can make such an improvement - so don't be afraid to step up and be counted. Take a look around the Crohn's and Colitis UK website and join up!
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike first showed signs of the disease aged 21 but wasn't diagnosed until years later.
Mike admits to having 'accidents' on stage and spent the first song of opening for the Rolling Stones in a porta-loo as the condition means you may suddenly need to relieve yourself.
Aged 51 the musician still deals with symptoms of the disease but claims he has a supportive team who help him.
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