Chron’s and Ulcerative Colitis

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.

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  1. A really good article so interesting! thanks for the share.

  2. A good explanation of the disease and its effects. It doesn’t sound at all pleasant. Well done.


  3. Good info. Chron’s can affect the body all the way from the eyes to the colon. I get a sonogram Wednesday as a followup to last week’s CAT scan. We’ll see.

  4. Great article, easy to follow.

  5. My cousin has Chron’s Diseas and had several feet of intestine removed. My niece has Colitis and has had her rectum sewn shut. She wears a catheter at all times. I should be greatful to have only IBS.

  6. Ruby,
    Your article is well written and informative. My mom suffers from IBS. It took awhile for the doc to properly diagnose her because they thought she had Colitis until she went to a specialist.

  7. Great article!

  8. Good article, Ruby, with some good information!!

  9. thank you my friends for your visits and comments. Ken, I hope you get a good report when you see your doctor.
    Chris and Mary, since thse diseases run in your families you need to be especially watchfull. I have a neice that has chrone’s. She is having surgery in the next week or so. She’s having a hard time and has two small children besides a full time job. I don’t know how she does it. Good luck to everyone who suffers from these inflammatory diseases.

  10. Very informative thorough article about these horrible conditions!I am glad I don’t have them but it is good to know the syptoms and what to look for just in case because it can happen to anyone.Excellent article Ruby,should be helpful to a lot of poeple!!

  11. It is a struggle to cope with a long term digestive disorder. Thank you for making people more aware of the problems.

  12. Great article!

  13. Excellent and well written article! These are some awful diseases. Thanks for informing us, Ruby!

  14. Thanks for the information on these diseases

  15. I’m starting to think I might suffer from IBS. it’s gradually gotten worse over the years as well.

  16. I know people who have digestive disorders and they are not easy to deal with. Your advice about a food diary and screening are right on target.

  17. Excellent info

  18. > It’s a good idea to keep a food diary to help you learn your
    > triggers.

    I use a program called Food And Exercise Diary (WeightlossSoftware.Com). It has a medical diary, food diary, and moods and feelings diary. So I can see relations between my foods, medication and moods. So the FED lets me figure out what is causing problems, and what works.

  19. A well-researched article that is very informative and educational.

  20. A very informative piece indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  21. It has affected a relative, good to know the details, I usually do.

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