Chron’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are serious inflammatory diseases. There is no cure but treatment is available.
Symptoms of Chron’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are easily confused. These three conditions share some of the same symptoms which is why they are often confused with one another. Chron’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that can effect any part of the digestive tract. It causes inflammation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. There is no cure but it can be managed with medication and sometimes in difficult cases, surgery. Medication can reduce inflammation to squelch a sudden attach, or sometimes keep the disease in remission. In some cases surgery is indicated.
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Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease of the colon and rectum that causes inflammation and ulcers on the walls of the intestines, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Effective treatment can help you manage the disease. Medication can help reduce inflammation, and anti-diarrhea and pain medication can help manage symptoms. You may have to undergo surgery at some point.There is no cure.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not an inflammatory disease. It is milder and without inflammation or damage to the intestinal lining.
You can learn coping strategies such as identifying foods that aggravate your symptoms and reducing stress also helps. No one way works for everyone. A good way to find help is to join a support group. Even though your symptoms may come and go, work with your doctor to find the best way to control flare-ups, and take immediate action to find relief.
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It’s not true that spicy or fried foods cause flare ups, although they might in your case. When you notice your symptoms worsen with certain foods, avoid that particular food. It’s a good idea to keep a food diary to help you learn your triggers.
It’s not know if stress causes these diseases, but it is known that stress contributes to symptoms. About one third of people who have Chron’s or Ulcerative Colitis will undergo surgery at some point if they develop pre cancerous conditions, or serious complications. Removing the colon does not completely cure the diseases.
Having either of these two inflammatory diseases increases the risk of developing colorectal cancer, but more than 90% of people with inflammatory bowel disease don’t develop cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that people with Chron’s or UC have a screening colonoscopy eight years after diagnosis and12 years after that. Later colonocsopy screening should be every 2 years.