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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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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Diet for diverticulitis?

Diet for diverticulitis?

Early vs. Late: Acute diverticulitis is associated with swelling of the colon that may create a temporary partial blockage of the colon. Therefore, we often advocate no food or just liquids during the initial phase of treatment. When food is resumed, it is common to recommend a low-residue diet early on. After the inflammation resolves, we often recommend high-fiber diets, which may reduce the risk of recurrence. ...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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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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Is crohn disease and inflammatory bowel disease a lifelong disease? Please advise!

Unfortunately yes: but you can achieve control of disease with careful medical management is most cases. You need to under the care of a gastroenterologist who specializes in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Try National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis home page for referral to one in your local area. ...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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Sufferring from inflammatory bowel disease, doctors diagnosed as maybe ibs, celiac chrons disease. A lot of food allergies. gluten, dairy intolerance?

Sufferring from inflammatory bowel disease, doctors diagnosed as maybe ibs, celiac chrons disease. A lot of food allergies. gluten, dairy intolerance?

Colon problems: Since the illnesses you mentioned in your question are all different, it sounds as though your problem really hasn't been diagnosed yet at all. If you are still having problems, be sure to see a gastroenterologist. If you have already seen one and still can't sort this out, get a second opinion from another gastroenterologist. These diseases are not mysteries! Keep going until you feel better. ...Read more

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Constipation, celiac disease?

Constipation, celiac disease?

Constipation celiac: Celiac disease may have no GI symptoms, and may present with fatigue and anemia, bur classical symptoms are pale loose and greasy stools and weight loss, abdominal pain and cramps and distension, ulcers in the mouth.It can lead to lactose intolerance and may give symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome like constipation alternating with diarrhea, but it is not that common presentation. ...Read more

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Is chron colitis like acute colitis?

Is chron colitis like acute colitis?

Can be: Crohn's as well as other colitis entities can be both acute or chronic. Acute colitis is a general term that includes the above but also can include ulcerative colitis, antibiotic associated colitis, ischemic colitis to name a few. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis same?

Is ulcerative colitis and diverticulitis same?

No: These are two completely separate conditions although one patient can have both diagnoses at some point in time. It is very important to have a colonoscopy and GI/surgical evaluation to make the correct diagnosis as the treatments (medical and surgical) are very different. ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis and diverticulitis cause complications with Crohn's disease?

Can diverticulitis and diverticulitis cause complications with Crohn's disease?

Maybe: It is possible for underlying ibd to complicate post-operative care of patients requiring segmental colectomy for complicated diverticular disease (i.e. Perforation) especially when it comes to reversal in the setting of active ibd. ...Read more

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Is proctitis, colitis, or ulcerative colitis contagious?

Ulcerative colitis: Is not. However proctitis or colitis caused by bacteria especially clostridia difficile can be very contagious as can other forms of infectious colitis. Use good hand hygiene and be sure to not contact stool or underclothes and get a correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Which is worse==crohns or ulcerative or irritable bowel disease?

Which is worse==crohns or ulcerative or irritable bowel disease?

It depends.: It depends on which one of these you have, and how extreme an example it is. Crohn's and ulcerative colitis increase a person's risk for cancer in the intestine and colon respectively. But all 3 may need diet changes, suppportive therapy, pain killers, and other therapy for control, and all 3 can be very debilitative, and sensitive to and cause stress. So it depends on your own situation also. ...Read more

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What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

SIJ Subluxation: ? About intestinal spasm causing inflammation, bleeding, & bloating. These are symptoms along a spectrum from mild (IBS) to severe diarrhea (Crohn's) to bleeding (Ulcerative Colitis). The likely etiology of these disorders are varying degrees of autonomic dysfunctions. IBS-D reflects parasympathetic overdrive & IBS-C reflects sympathetic overdrive. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis and diverticulitis commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome?

Diverticulitis and diverticulitis commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome?

Not really: Although there are some common symptoms between these, one doesn't cause the other. ...Read more

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What is worse: chrons / ulcerative colitis?

Depends: Really depends on the severity, but the benefit with uc in severe cases there is a cure (ie total colectomy) where as with severe crohn's that is not the case. ...Read more

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18yo female, bloating and pain after eating, becoming worse. Have coeliac disease. Not reflux, pregnant, fecal overload, chrons disease, gall stones.

Food sensitivities: Consider checking for other food sensitivities. Gut takes at least 6 months to heal from gluten damage. Casein, the protein in milk, can also cross react with gluten. This is different from being lactose intolerant, and one can be intolerant to both lactose and casein. Consider also avoiding milk. ...Read more

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I have mngie disease as well as diverticulitis of the small bowel. Do I have any options for treatment?

Unknown: You have a very rare disorder that's been reported in less than 100 patients. It's associated with neurological conditions as well as GI ones with pathognomonic findings on mri. You would be best followed at an ultra specialized center where they are involved in research. You can find links on the web via the nlm - national library of medicine. ...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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What is a good diet for this pain full intestine problem from diverticulitis?

What is a good diet for this pain full intestine problem from diverticulitis?

Depends: You are young to get diverticulitis. Have you had a diagnosis with colonoscopy or other test? Diverticulitis is an infection that needs treatment with antibiotics & can be a serious infection. Diverticulosis is having small pouches on the colon and is treated with high fiber diet, fruits & vegetables, add metamucil. ...Read more

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Clear liquid diet 4d how long b4 bowels r cleaned out. Still passing stools small thin & mushy...Cld that be from old trapped stuff hx: diverticulitis?

Clear liquid diet 4d how long b4 bowels r cleaned out. Still passing stools small thin & mushy...Cld that be from old trapped stuff hx: diverticulitis?

Old food: 4 days of a clear liquid diet results in no residual non absorbable products in small intestine. When this liquid material is partially absorbed in the 12 or more feet of colon which contains suface colonocyte cells and bacterial, it comes out as you describe as small thin and mushy. Has nothing to do with a resolved diverticular problem. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis with a micro hole in my bowel on June 25th. Iis it too soon to have a Colonoscopy??

I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis with a micro  hole in my bowel on June 25th. Iis it too soon to have a Colonoscopy??

Follow up : Colonoscopy after treatment for diverticulitis usually occurs in the range of 6 weeks after initiation of treatment. Based on the timeline you provided this follow-up colonoscopy is a bit on the early side and you may want to review ideal timing with whomever scheduled this procedure for you. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis?

What are symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis?

Different: These are different conditions. Irritable bowel is a chronic condition of abdominal bloating & cramping with alternating diarrhea & constipation controlled with diet & high fiber foods. Diverticulitis is an active infection of small pouches on the colon needing antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Would diverticulitis cause pain during bowel movements?

Would diverticulitis cause pain during bowel movements?

It can: It depends on the location of the pain; typical might be left lower abdomen or pelvic, associated with the sigmoid colon inflammation. If you are having fevers or all-over abdominal pain, or signs of infection you should see your doctor; consider taking a daily fiber supplement. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis and diverticulitis commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome?

Not really: Although there are some common symptoms between these, one doesn't cause the other. ...Read more

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Can you get diverticulitis from a bowel perforation during a hysterectomy?

Not likely: Diverticulosis is when you have pouches form in the wall of the colon; it usually develops slowly w/ age. It may be genetic, related to constipation or to a low fiber diet. Diverticulitis is when 1 of these pouches gets inflamed & infected, leading to pain, fever, obstruction, bleeding & abscesses. This doesn't usually result from surg trauma, but the symptoms can be similar to a perforation. ...Read more

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Can bowel movement cause more pain when you have diverticulitis?

Yes, : The straining with having a bowel movement could cause additional abdominal pain during an episode of diverticulitis. This will not however make the diverticulitis worse. Remember that you need to be under the care of a doctor if you have diverticulitis and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

Separate issue: Not more prone than the next individual. Are more prone to colon cancer-risk increases with duration of and extent of disease.Will need more frequent surveillance colonoscopies than other folks. ...Read more

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What could cause my bowel to perforate if it was not diverticulitis. The cat scan was unclear as to why i formed a large 12 CM abcess ?

Diverticulitis: The most common cause is diverticulitis, but if there is a large amount of inflammation, it may not be easy to make the diagnosis. Tumors of the colon can also perforate. Usually you will be treated either with antibiotics and have repeat evaluation, or you will be a candidate for a temporary colostomy to allow things to heal. At that time, a definitive diagnosis can be made. ...Read more

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Can a daily routine (years) of excessive straining on the bowel cause a loss of peristalsis in the colon? What is the chance of diverticulitis?

Can a daily routine (years) of excessive straining on the bowel cause a loss of peristalsis in the colon? What is the chance of diverticulitis?

NO: The straining won't cause loss of normal gut motility, but it could cause anorectal problems, such as hemorrhoids. I suggest you focus on a good, fibre rich diet, good hydration, and add a bulk laxative to your daily regimen. These steps will not only help your bowel function, thus reducing your need to strain, but will also reduce your risk of diverticular disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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I havent had a bowel movement in 7 days. 10 years ago i had surgery on my intestines because i suffer from diverticulitis. Could this be related?

I havent had a bowel movement in 7 days. 10 years ago i had surgery on my intestines because i suffer from diverticulitis. Could this be related?

Could be related. : This could be related. After abdominal surgery, we can develop adhesions (scar tissue within the abdomen) that can ensnare the small intestines and cause obstruction. If you haven’t gone in seven days you should be evaluated, especially if you’re having abdominal pains. ...Read more

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Would diverticulitis cause anal pain during bowel movements?

Would diverticulitis cause anal pain during bowel movements?

Prob not: Probably not. Usually pain with a bowel movement is the result of either an anal fissure or external hemorrhoid. Neither one is dangerous and both are easily treated. Diverticulitis will usually give a patient fever and abdominal pain. The pain is more constant in nature. How long have you had this pain and is there any bleeding associated with the bm? ...Read more

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I have diverticulitis and had a flare up on christmas eve. I had a endoscopy over a week ago and now have mucus in bowel movements. Normal?

I have diverticulitis and had a flare up on christmas eve.  I had a endoscopy over a week ago and now have mucus in bowel movements.  Normal?

Mucous is normal: It is normal to have mucous in your stool. If your colonoscopy was otherwise normal then that is good news. Stay on a bowel regimen, to help you achieve two soft bowel movements daily. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've had recurring SX of appendicitis over 12 months, CT scan WO contrast showed diverticulitis and thickened bowel. But pain on right lower side. Dx?

Diverticulitis: You are so young for diverticulitis. You better rest those bowels for a few days and flush them out and then change your eating habits or you will have problems as you age ...Read more

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