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Should I see a specialist for ulcerative colitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for ulcerative colitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Depends: Ulcerative colitis comes with different severity. If your family doctor is comfortable with your progress and you are minimally affected, that can work out. But if you have daily symptoms and need for going to the bathroom, or lots of blood in your stool, or you feel sick all the time, you may need a referral to a GI specialist with special training in treatment of uc. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

Ulcerative colitis (ul-sur-uh-tiv koe-lie-tis) is 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 the signs ...Read more


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I lost all hair on scalp & body, doctors claim that this happened due to medications for ulcerative colitis. How long will it take them to grow back?

I lost all hair on scalp & body, doctors claim that this happened due to medications for ulcerative colitis. How long will it take them to grow back?

When u stop the med: Likely you are taking a medication called azathioprine, which is used in some cases as an immunosuppressant. One of the side effects is hair loss, or alopecia. If this is the case, you may ask your GI doctor to try to reduce the dose or find another drug. Once this happens, you should see hair growth in a few months. ...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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When should I call the doctor when it comes to ulcerative colitis? I have dull pain sometimes on the left side of back. I just can't see inside...

Change in bowels: Everybody is different but you'll come to recognize your early symptoms of a flare-up. Usually moderate-severe abdominal pain and/or bloody stools are reasons to call your doctor. ...Read more

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If I have ulcerative colitis, do I need to talk with my doctor before I fly?

If I have ulcerative colitis, do I need to talk with my doctor before I fly?

No: If you are doing well on your current regimen there shouldn't be any concern with flying. If you are not doing well at anytime you should see your doctor. As always, remember to take more than an adequate supply of your medications. ...Read more

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Have ulcerative colitis. Passing bright red blood since yesterday not much cramping, should I see my doctor? Thank you

Have ulcerative colitis. Passing bright red blood since yesterday not much cramping, should I see my doctor? Thank you

Absolutely: You don't say if you are on current meds for uc or what they are but if this bleeding is new and you are on meds, you need to speak to your doctor promptly to let him know your status and to decide if your treatment is not working or there is another cause of the bleeding. Don't delay. ...Read more

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4 year old has ulcerative colitis. Doctor found Two swollen lymph nodes on groin area? He said this is not concerning? Should I be worried?

4 year old has ulcerative colitis. Doctor found Two swollen lymph nodes on groin area? He said this is not concerning? Should I be worried?

This is serious: That diagnosis in a 4 year old is very rare and quite serious I would refer you to your childs Gastroenetrologist! (With THAT Diagnosis , you need one!) Good Luck Hope this helps\ Dr Z ...Read more

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Can I request a fecal transplant from my doctor for non-C. difficile intestinal issues? Recent studies showing great success in IBS/ulcerative colitis patients. Wouldn't hurt to try it?

Can I request a fecal transplant from my doctor for non-C. difficile intestinal issues? Recent studies showing great success in IBS/ulcerative colitis patients. Wouldn't hurt to try it?

Careful...: This is a great treatment option for some, but is not a cure all.There is much we do not yet understand about the bacterial gardens contained within each of us.We do know that changing the makeup of our intestinal micro biome can have consequences both good and bad.For instance, there is some data that fecal transplants from obese patients increases your chance of becoming obese. Food for thought. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis have a real cure?

Can ulcerative colitis have a real cure?

Difficult problem: Crohn's and ulcerative colitis are both difficult problems. The surgical procedures, resection, ostomy, anastomosis are added when medical therapy alone is not able to control. Neither disease is curable, both are managed. Diet with avoidance of irritants like gluten, fat, lactose and bile can help. Be well. ...Read more

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What is a common ulcerative colitis medicine?

Lots: Steroids (oral, iv, rectal); sulfasalazine (azulfidine) Mesalamine in various forms (oral, -lialda, asacol, pentasa, apriso, generic; rowasa, (mesalamine) canasa-rectal suppositories or enemas); immunomodulators: 6 mercaptopurine, azathioprine (oral); biologics: infliximab, cyclosporine-iv); antibiotics; probiotics (e.g. Vsl3); surgery. ...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)

Colitis is inflammation or infection of ...Read more