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Have ant. Uveitis. Recent check showed quiet eye however I'm still experiencing intermittent blurry vision! It comes and goes! Have ulcerative colitis?

Have ant. Uveitis. Recent check showed quiet eye however I'm still experiencing intermittent blurry vision! It comes and goes! Have ulcerative colitis?

Dry eyes: Intermittent blurred vision can be caused by dry eyes. Get some artificial tears and put these in when you are blurred. If this does not help, see your ophthalmologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce ...Read more


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Is joint pain and red eye normal in ulcerative colitis? Any OTC medicines to treat this?

Is joint pain and red eye normal in ulcerative colitis? Any OTC medicines to treat this?

See an optho ASAP: You need to get your eyes checked out by a ophthalmologist. You may have uveitis, which is seen with uc and crohn's. The doctor will need to do a slit lamp exam. This is urgent though.

The joint pain could be related to uc or not. Ibuprofen can be helpful but best to start with your GI specialist with this one. ...Read more

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Is joint pain and red eye normal in ulcerative colitis? Any OTC medicines to relieve the pain?

Is joint pain and red eye normal in ulcerative colitis? Any OTC medicines to relieve the pain?

Extraintestinal: There are many extra intestinal manifestation of ulcerative colitis including the eye and the joints. This can include arthritis and arthralgia. Eye findings can include uveitis. Referral to a rheumatologist and ophthalmologist can be helpful. If the colitis is out of control or poorly controlled, extra intestinal manifestations can occur. ...Read more

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Which problems can ulcerative colitis cause later in life?

THe same as: In the younger years. Pain, bleeding, anemia, dehydtation, obstruction perforation. All of this are less well tolerated as we get into the older age groups. Properly treated and controlled ulcerative colitis in remission, does not increase your problems in the future. ...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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Can ulcerative colitis cause headaches?

Can ulcerative colitis cause headaches?

In severe cases only: It is not a common symptom of ulcerative colitis. But in severe cases it can cause fever and can have associated headache. But only in severe cases of Ul erative colitis ...Read more

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Why does ulcerative colitis cause bloating?

Why does ulcerative colitis cause bloating?

Bloating: Ulcerative colitis, when in an active inflammatory state usually causes diarrhea often with the passage of bloody stools. Bloating will occur if the colon motility slows down with resulting slowing of propulsion of feces and intestinal gas. There is a complication called toxic megacolon where the colon actually becomes paralyzed and develops life threatening distension and is a medical emergency. ...Read more

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Why does ulcerative colitis cause joint pain?

Why does ulcerative colitis cause joint pain?

Inflammation: A percentage of patients with ulcerative colitis will have an associated inflammatory arthritis. This type of arthritis is similar in mechanism to other types of inflammatory arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and is characterized by inflammation attacking various joints in the body. Do not hesitate to see a rheumatologist for treatment options. ...Read more

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What kind of joint pain does ulcerative colitis cause?

What kind of joint pain does ulcerative colitis cause?

Non-destructive: Uc can cause joint pain and even joint swelling and redness in most joints including hips, knees, wrists, fingers. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, uc-associated joint problems do not destroy the joint capsule. Nonetheless it should be treated so that you are more comfortable. Sometimes the GI doctor will manage and sometimes they will send you to a rheumatologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, can ulcerative colitis cause a homogeneous pattern on an ANA titer?

Hello doctors, can ulcerative colitis cause a homogeneous pattern on an ANA titer?

Yes: The antinuclear antibody test with the homogeneous pattern can be seen due to some medications and diseases other than lupus and sometimes even in people with no disease at all. ...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 inflammation in cecum and ileum not caused by crohns ulcerative colitis medication or infection?

What could cause inflammation in cecum and ileum not caused by crohns ulcerative colitis medication or infection?

Hmmm....: How do we know it is none of those? Biopsy would be the next step in determining a cause, but you must have had a biopsy to know that it was none of the above? I would suspect that this is Crohn's - maybe mild. ...Read more

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I live in india. I have ulcerative colitis but also have inflammation in Duodenum (D2). What could be the cause for this Inflammatio??

I live in india. I have ulcerative colitis but also have inflammation in Duodenum (D2). What could be the cause for this Inflammatio??

Could be Crohn's: Lots of things cause duodenitis, most commonly H. pylori infection or medications such as ibuprofen. Something else to consider is that your ulcerative colitis might actually be Crohn's disease. This mistake is frequently made in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease. Some people even undergo colectomy only to have recurrent symptoms in the small intestine more typical of Crohn's disease. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis cause body pain can you have both constipation and diarrhea? How long does it take ulcerative colitis to develop?

Can ulcerative colitis cause body pain can you have both constipation and diarrhea? How long does it take ulcerative colitis to develop?

Possibly IBS: Symptoms sound more like irritable bowel syndrome, functional disorder of colon. Symptoms:abdominal pain or cramping,
bloated feeling, gas (flatulence),
diarrhea or constipation, sometimes even alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea. 60% of persons with ibs also suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome, cause of body pain. As many as 70% of fms patients have reported experiencing symptoms of ibs. ...Read more

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I have been in remision from ulcerative colitis. If I want to take a nsaid aka motrin is it okay or will this cause a flare up? Which nsaids are safe?

I have been in remision from ulcerative colitis. If I want to take a nsaid aka motrin is it okay or will this cause a flare up? Which nsaids are safe?

Likely flare: Nsaid's are well know to flare uc. Check with your GI doctor. Some people can get away with limited amounts occasionally. ...Read more

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What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

Inflammation: Uc is an inflammatory bowel disease with many triggers. Any trigger that creates an inflammatory response can/will cause a flare up - especially if you are not on maintenance medications. For some patients - even ones in "remission", triggers such as GI infection, systemic illness, significant change in diet and activity, or severe emotional stress can result in a flare up. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis cause back pain?

Yes: Some time back pain is the first sign of ulcerative colitis which it is auto immune disease could effect the joint between the vertebra.. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis also cause constipation?

Can ulcerative colitis also cause constipation?

Short answer?: Yes. If you have further questions that you would like to ask either in a live virtual consult or by way of inbox consultation please write me at WWW. Healthtap. Com/DRSAGHAFI ...Read more

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Can taking Accutane cause ulcerative colitis or chron's in offspring?

No: There were previous studies showing a questionable link between these conditions, but they were all small and questionable, leaving the question very open.

However, a very large study reported in 2013 involving 45, 000 women shows no link between Accutane and ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease.

No study has ever reported ulcerative colitis or crohn's in offspring. ...Read more

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Is it the active inflammation that causes dysplasia in ulcerative colitis or are there other contributing factors?

Yes: Yes, the unchecked inflammation in the colon over many years leads to the dysplasia seen with ulcerative colitis. The best way to minimize this risk is to make sure your colon is healed on the medications you are taken. This is done through colonoscopy with biopsies.
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Can h. Pylori cause ulcerative colitis?

No: It can't. H pylori infects the stomach. The colon is not near the stomach. But many other infections can trigger ulcerative colitis in a genetically susceptible individual. ...Read more

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Why does ulcerative colitis cause constipation in some patients?

Why does ulcerative colitis cause constipation in some patients?

Colitis: Diarrhea, often with the passage of blood, is more common, but constipation can occur especially while on treatment or if the intestines react with more spasm and less irritability when on a low roughage diet. However a gastroenterologist is better qualified to answer your question. ...Read more

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What causes ulcerative colitis and does treatment always result in an ileostomy?

Ulcerative Colitis: UC is an autoimmune disease and having UC doesn't always mean you need to have an ileostomy. You need to see a GI doctor and get on an anti-inflammatory regimen to help control the symptoms. ...Read more

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Would ulcerative colitis cause peri-anal abscess?

Would ulcerative colitis cause peri-anal abscess?

It can: Many patients with peri-anal and peri-rectal abscess recover fine and never have a recurrence. Some patients develop recurrent abscess, and eventually are also found to have crohns or ulcerative colitis. Hopefully your abscess will be once and over. Both uc and crohns are difficult to diagnose. ...Read more

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16 year old daughter had appendix removed 3 days ago. Also has ulcerative colitis. Has now got blood in her urine. What could cause this.

16 year old daughter had appendix removed 3 days ago. Also has ulcerative colitis. Has now got blood in her urine. What could cause this.

Need more history: Is there discomfort with urination? Did she have a catheter inserted during surgery? Is UC active or controlled? Post-op course? Is this actually menstrual blood? Most commonly, blood in urine is related to inflammation of the bladder wall by either chemicals or infection, but can also be related to blood arising from the kidney such as a stone or kidney inflammation/nephritis. ...Read more

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I also was recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and chicken allergies (skin test). Could the allergy be the underlying cause of the uc?

I also was recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and chicken allergies (skin test). Could the allergy be the underlying cause of the uc?

No: A positive allergy skin test to chicken does not predict a real reaction at least 50% of the time. The larger the skin test reaction however, the more likely it indicates true allergy. Although one may get gastrointestinal upset after having eaten chicken if one is allergic, it does not cause uc. However it may make the symptoms from uc worse. ...Read more

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Is ulcerative colitis treated differently when the cause of the disease is different? If so what are the options?

No: We in the medical community do not know the exact cause of uc. It is an autoimmune/inflammatory process that attacks the colon. Treatment is aimed at reducing inflammation with medications or surgery to remove the colon. Uc patients also require frequent colonoscopies to screen for colon cancer. ...Read more

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What causes ulcerative colitis? Is it contagious?

Autoimmune: Uc or ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disorder which typically responds to steroids and other immune modulators as imuran (azathioprine). It is not contagious. Complete proctocolectomy with ilioanal j-pouch pull-through "cures" the disease, though backwash ileitis is a common finding on colonoscopy... ...Read more

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What is the cause of chrons vs ulcerative colitis?

Genetic: Current belief that these are both genetic diseases related to immune modulation. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the bleeding in ulcerative colitis?

Ulcers in colon: As the name indicates this condition leads to ulcers in the colon which can cause signficant bleeding with stool. ...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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Can pan ulcerative colitis be caused by c.diff?

Can pan ulcerative colitis be caused by c.diff?

Terminology: Ulcerative colitis is different from colitis caused by C diff. The etiology of ulcerative colitis is not know. Both diseases can affect the whole colon and cause ulcers, however the cause and treatment for the two are different. ...Read more

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Is internal bleeding a common problem of ulcerative colitis?

No- read on: Ulcerative colitis is often diagnosed when someone seeks medical advice for rectal bleeding. However, internal bleeding usually implies bleeding into a body cavity, such as the abdomen or chest. This can be seen after surgery, and in unusual situations even when no surgery has occurred. However, it is rarely seen in uc in the absence of other complications. ...Read more

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Could diet cause ulcerative colitis (i.E. Junk food, fast food, meat, dairy)?

Could diet cause ulcerative colitis (i.E. Junk food, fast food, meat, dairy)?

No evidence: That lousy diet causes ulcerative colitis, but if you have it, you need to watch carefully what you eat. ...Read more

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I have inflammation in my small intestines, but it is not enough to diagnose chron's disease or ulcerative colitis. What other things could cause it?

I have inflammation in my small intestines, but it is not enough to diagnose chron's disease or ulcerative colitis. What other things could cause it?

Many things: Inflammation in the gastrointestinal system could be caused by undiagnosed infections, parasites or food intolerances. Consider some dietary changes like avoiding dairy and gluten and adding a probiotic daily to see if that is helpful. See your gastroenterologist for further diagnostic testing and evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy prep cause irritation in the colon in the internal rectum that looks exactly like Ulcerative Colitis when the pictures are taken.

Not likely: Ulcerative colitis has a specific appearance and location that distinguishes it histologically from normal tissue. The scenario you describe is possible with human error involved, but for the most part, very unlikely ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more