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A 36-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
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.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is inflammatory bowel disease an inherited condition?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Sometimes: There are genetic factors to inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) and individuals with a first degree family member with ibd have a higher risk of developing ibd in their lifetime. The overall risk is still fairly low (in the 10% range).
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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Colon inflammation: In medicine, inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. The major types of ibd are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the most common symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease ?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Inflam bowel dis: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, gas, blood in stools, fever, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dehydration.
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How can I treat inflammatory bowel disease ?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Various medication: The two most common inflammatory bowel disease are ulcerative colitis and crohns disease. After diagnosis by your GI doctor, you will be recommended to take Asacol (mesalamine) or its variants and may require steroids and some higher order anti-inflammatories. Do not take Aspirin or nsaids which can worsen the problem. These are chronic diseases which flare up and down.
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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my inflammatory bowel disease until I can see a doctor?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not really: Most inflammatory bowel disease requires prescription medications which you get from a doctor's prescription. Do not try to treat this from over the counter remedies.

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