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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Overview)

Ongoing inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract.


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What are the tests for inflammatory bowel disease?

What are the tests for inflammatory bowel disease?

Endoscopy w/ biopsy: Clinical history, signs, symptoms, bloodwork and imaging can all be suggestive of ibd; but proper diagnosis is made after endoscopy with histology. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Overview)

Ongoing inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract.


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What are symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease generally refers to crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Both may give you diarrhea up to 10-20 movements per day, uc usually with blood mixed in, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of energy and numeropus other associated co morbid conditions. If in doubt see either a colorectal surgeon or GI doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Scot Lewey Dr. Lewey
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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Taking a probiotic daily may be beneficial for some patients with inflammatory bowel disease. ...See more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
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Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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Dr. Scot Lewey Dr. Lewey
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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Effective treatment of ibd requires anti inflammatory therapies to induce ; maintain remission. ...See more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Do not be embarrassed to discuss your issues with your healthcare professional
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Avoid trigger foods and activities
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Use over-the-counter bulking agents like fiber
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Use over-the-counter antidiarrheals
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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease lifelong?

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease lifelong?

Generally yes: Inflammatory bowel disease (crohns and ulcerative colitis) are generally considered to be chronic diseases and generally require lifelong treatment. The disease can become less active over time and ultimately some patients may be able to stop therapy. Some crohn's disease is very mild and patients will go for years before seeking treatment. ...Read more

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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease both lifelong diseases?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease includes crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's has the potential of being a lifelong disease as it can involve any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis only involves the colon; thus worse case scenario, removing the entire colon is a cure. See a GI doctor/colorectal surgeon for more details. ...Read more

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Dr. Scot Lewey Dr. Lewey
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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Consider limiting gluten if you have ibd as it may exacerbate symptoms in some patients with ibd. ...See more

Dr. Andrew Seibert Dr. Seibert
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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Try to notice and avoid precipitating factors
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Start a trial of increased dietary fiber
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See your primary care physician or gastroenterologist if symptoms persist
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How does inflammatory bowel disease feel to a person who has it?

How does inflammatory bowel disease feel to a person who has it?

Variable: The symptoms can be highly variable from one person to another. There can be mild symptoms of abdominal gas and diarrhea. There can be more abdominal cramping and bloody diarrhea in others. There can be signs of intestinal blockage in advanced cases. There can be little or feelings in some cases. ...Read more

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Does diverticulitis considered an inflammatory bowel disease? or just inflammatory disease

Does diverticulitis considered an inflammatory bowel disease? or just inflammatory disease

Diverticulitis.: Acute diverticulitis is an infection of a diverticulum that aberrantly outpouches from the colon. This is not considered an inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's. ...Read more

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Avoid unnecessary or excessive antibiotic exposure as altered gut microbes linked to risk of ibd. ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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Is diarrhea always more of a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease or can constipation be the main symptom?

Usually diarrhea...: Ulcerative colitis starts in the rectum, progresses up; hallmark is diarrhea, often bloody. May have tenesmus ("dry heaves of the rectum")-urge to go, but not much to show for it. Crohn's disease usually has diarrhea, but not always-depends on location and extent. May present with pain, fever, weight loss, lack of growth in kids. Crohn's can cause narrowing, strictures in bowel. ...Read more

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What is inflammatory bowel disease?

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

IBD defined: Earlier healthtap answers may help. Briefly ibd is a spectum of inflammatory diseases of GI tract. At one end of the spectrum is ulcerative colitis---a disease confined to the mucosal surface of colon. At the opposite end of the spectrum is crohn's disease--a transmural (full thickness) inflammation of any part of GI tract (from mouth to anus). Both are systemic & increase colon cancer risk. ...Read more

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

There is no proof that diet will cure ibd though diet interventions may be a complementary treatment. ...See more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more