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Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, how to find relief?

Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, how to find relief?

First you: Have to get the correct diagnosis. All of the above mentioned maladies are treated differently and have different prognoses. See a GI doctor or Colon and Rectal surgeon to properly evaluate and treat your problem ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

A long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach ...Read more


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How does IBS differ from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

How does IBS differ from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

Very different: Though the diseases may have similar symptoms they are in fact, very different. By definition, a patient with irritable bowel has no inflammation or other significant abnormalities found in their GI tract which would explain their symptoms. Crohn's patient have visible inflammation somewhere which can be confirmed with biopsy. Both commonly have abdominal pain and/or diarrhea. ...Read more

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Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, can you tell me about this?

Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, can you tell me about this?

Quick summary: Ibs is irritable bowel syndrome. It causes chronic abdominal discomfort with changes in bowel movements. Ibd is inflammatory bowel disease, for which ulcerative colitis and crohn's are the two main subtypes. These are characterized by chronic inflammation of the bowel, and can often have diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, fevers, arthritis, vomiting, and (with crohn's) bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

No: Ibs is a functional bowel disorder characterized by bowel hyperactivity and hypersensitivity, while ibd is a structural bowel disorder characterized by inflammation and ulceration. They are unrelated. ...Read more

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Ibs like symptoms as well as autoimmune ones no crohns, colitis bloodwork doesn't show anything abnormal other than low positive ANA what doc can help?

Ibs like symptoms as well as autoimmune ones no crohns, colitis bloodwork doesn't show anything abnormal other than low positive ANA what doc can help?

Go pcp and test done: I think we need additional information about your test other than ANA test which showed minimal positive which you can see normal individuals. Do you have diarrhea, any blood in stool, weight loss, any GI intervention in the past? These are we need to know about your illness. Besides need to do panelof blood test for all ibd and metabolic panels. I suggest go to your pcp and get test done. ...Read more

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Types of diseases that can cause chest and stomach pain? Any ideas? Besides Crohn's and IBS and ulcerative colitis

Types of diseases that can cause chest and stomach pain? Any ideas? Besides Crohn's and IBS and ulcerative colitis

Chest/stomach pain: There are several conditions from reflux to ulcer disease to heart attack can all cause these types of symptoms. Lung conditions can also cause this. You should see your primary care physician. General if you are feeling well then it is most likely a stomach vs esophagus issue. If you are feeling bad you should be seen by a doctor immediately to rule out more serious causes. ...Read more

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Compare types of colitis, ibd or crohn?

Compare types of colitis, ibd or crohn?

IBD (Crohn's vs UC): Ibd (inflammatory bowel disease) includes a spectrum of disorders that result in gut inflammation with systemic manifestations. Gut involvement in ulcerative colitis is limited to the lining of the colon whereas in crohn's disease there is transmural (full-thickness) inflammation that can involve any portion of the gut (from mouth to anus). See my other healthtap answers on the subject too. ...Read more

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Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

Somewhat: There are numerous families where there are children and /or grandchildren, cousins, etc. With these diseases. If both parents have ibd, the incidence is around 50% in the kids. Otherwise about 20% of patients will have a first degree relative with ibd. So you do the math! It isn't exactly hereditary, but there a familial incedence. By the way, the kids of colitis patients often have crohn's. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

What are symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

See below: Ibd usually presents with lots of diarrhea (mucousy, bloody or just loose). Some have bad pain, cramping, nausea, wt loss etc. ...Read more

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What are the causes of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

What are the causes of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

Genes+environment: A combination of genetic predisposion (for example Crohn's is more common in ashkenazi jews), life events (eg appendectomy increases one and decreases the other), and environmental influences (eg smoking increases Crohn's and decreases severity of uc...). Bet you didn't expect the latter! As knowledge increases more precise factors are identified. ...Read more

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Which is a more serious disease: Crohn's or ulcerative colitis?

Which is a more serious disease: Crohn's or ulcerative colitis?

UC: Question as to which is more serious, Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis, misses the point that these are different intensities of disorder along a spectrum of manifestation wherein intestinal smooth muscle function is hyperdynamic due to neurologic autonomic system impingement & over-stimulation. Ulcerative Colitis represents greater intensity of these dysfunctions; involving inflammation & bleeding. ...Read more

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Could granular mucosa of the terminal illeum mean crohns/colitis?

Could granular mucosa of the terminal illeum mean crohns/colitis?

Unsure: More information is needed. Biopsies are often needed, and the whole picture has to be taken into context. IBD serologies and images can also help. ...Read more

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What is the disparity between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

What is the disparity between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

Unclear question: If by disparity you mean "the difference between" then: ulcerative colitis affects just the large intestine (colon) and causes bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain. The inflammation is superficial on the bowel lining. Crohns causes deep inflammation through the whole bowel wall and affects anywhere in the GI tract from lips to anus. Symptoms of crohns can be more severe and can cause bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease?

How do you tell the difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease?

Location for one: It can be difficult to tell between the 2 at times. Location is important. Ulcerative colitis always involves the colon starting with the rectum. Crohns can follow any distribution in the gut and often involves the small intestine, especially the terminal ileum. There are also differences when tissue specimens are viewed under the microscope. There are blood tests which can be helpful too. ...Read more

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What is the complication that occur in crohn and does not occur in ulcerative colitis?

Inflammatory bowel: Both Crohns and Ulcerative colitis are forms of inflammatory bowel diseases. The main differences are that Ulcerative colitis is typically limited to the colon while Crohns lesions can occur throughout the entire digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis lesions usually only erode the bowel lining, whereas Crohns ulcers can penetrate through all bowel layers. ...Read more

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I had ulcerative colitis, but now I'm worried that I might have Crohn's disease. What do I do?

Colitis: These two forms of GI disease can sometimes have overlap but also have many areas that they are different.

Best to discuss with your GI md and or surgeon to help differentiate and sometimes a repeat colonoscopy or upper endoscopy may be needed along with other test to establish a firm diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have Crohn's colitis. What would make my stools go from really light in color to really dark?

I have Crohn's colitis. What would make my stools go from really light in color to really dark?

Blood: Blood in the upper GI tract often makes stool appear dark and sticky. Would recommend seeing your primary care provider or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What to do if I had ulcerative colitis, but now I'm worried that I might have Crohn's disease.?

Takes time: It is actually rather common for UC patients to find out they actually have crohns. Maybe up to 10% have this problem. This takes time--maybe even years to fully sort out for some. Many of the medications are useful in both so this is usually not the main issue. Surgical options are different however. Keep having regular discussions with your GI doctor about this ...Read more

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Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, but now I'm worried that I might have Crohn's disease, can't that happen?

Unlikely: Cd can affect any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus, uc only affects the rectum and large intestine. Cd can extend through the full thickness of the tract lining - creating holes, infection, or connections to adjacent organs, uc is limited to the lining of the colon. Differentiating can be tough when the rectum and colon are affected by cd. A gastroenterologist should be able to help. ...Read more

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I'm getting a really bad burning sensation when I pass fecies. I have Crohns and colitis but I don't know what's going on?

Colitis: Could very well be a flare of your colitis. I would see your PCP or specialist for possible additional medication. ...Read more

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Can someone have Ulcerative Colitis for years and not know? Or would that be unusual? I heard its very common in Crohns. What about UC?

Yes: People can have UC but not feel it for a reasonable amount of time. They can present with diarrheas to the ER multiple times until they get a scope and then make the diagnosis, ...Read more

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Many people in my support forum insist they are suffering from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. I know it's possible, but how likely is it?

Many people in my support forum insist they are suffering from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. I know it's possible, but how likely is it?

Very possible: When people are posting on specialize forums for specific diseases, they are looking for answers. So often they find comfort in knowing that there is a community of people who have the same conditions, and are who are suffering likewise. So that they can support each other, share treatment plans that has worked, share treatment plants that haven't worked, and keep informed of the latest treatments. ...Read more

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Lost 20 pounds ima month but all tests are negative for crohns, microscopic colitis and allergies. I can't keep anything in. What's happening to me?

Lost 20 pounds ima month but all tests are negative for crohns, microscopic colitis and allergies. I can't keep anything in. What's happening to me?

Many causes: There are many causes of weight loss including endocrine, metabolic, structural and psychologic issues. You've only listed three causes when there can be dozens. You need professional help to sort through these causes. If your current doctors cannot supply you with an answer, please get another opinion. Continued weight loss can be deadly. ...Read more

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Gastro says she thinks I have either Crohn's or esonophilic colitis. Treatment is the same either way but I can't find much info about ec anywhere. Ty?

Gastro says she thinks I have either Crohn's or esonophilic colitis. Treatment is the same either way but I can't find much info about ec anywhere. Ty?

Try these...: Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3165205/; http://www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/749522; http://apfed. Org/drupal/drupal/eosinophilic_colitis_quick_facts. ...Read more

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What is Crohn's colitis?

CD affecting colon: Colitis: inflammation of the colon. Lots of types including infectious, ischemic (poor blood flow), and inflammatory bowel disease-ibd.
Ibd is of unknown cause, likely genetic predisposition, chronic, wax and wane.
Ulcerative colitis (uc) affects inner lining of colon, starts in rectum. Crohn's disease (cd) is full thickness infl of bowel, mostly ileum, and/or colon, can skip segments of bowel. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's and/or colitis go undetected in colonoscopies?

Yes and no: It would be very unlikely. To not detect a colitis on colonoscopy, but Crohn, s disease can just affect the small intestine out of view, but other studies can pick it up. Discuss with the Gastroenterologist who performed the colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

Unknown: While we don't entirely know what causes these, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and crohn's) appears to be caused by an autoimmune mechanism. There is a degree of genetic susceptibility, which seems to be higher in crohn's. However other theories, such as a virus as a cause, may also play a role. There are many other forms of colitis that may mimic these, and only a doctor can tell. ...Read more

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What is the latest treatment for colitis? I do not have Crohn's.

What kind: You do not have a crohn, so it must be ulcerative colitis, ischemic colitis, pseudo membrane colitis, ETC.
so to know the latest in therapy we need to know what kind you have. ...Read more

Dr. Abby Caplin
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Crohn's Disease (Definition)

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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more