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Doctor insights on: Inflammable Bowel Disease

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How do you treat imflammatory bowel disease?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
2 doctors agreed:
How do you treat imflammatory bowel disease?

IBS: The goal is to relieve symptoms. Life style changes are important, such as regular exercises & improved sleep, avoid caffeine/tea/cola, increase fiber intake, avoid large meals, talk to your doctor about medications to relieve constipation or diarrhea or intestinal infections. ...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


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What causes inflammatory bowel diseases?

Autoimmunity.: Genetic predisposition and interaction with pathogens from the environment conspire to cause ibd, which in essence is an autoimmune disorder. Maternal-fetal cell trafficking across the placenta fuels the theory that most if not all autimmune disorders have their origin in fetal (or maternal) stem cells persisting in various organs and stimulating inflammatory response. Stress does not help! ...Read more

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What diet do I follow to reduce inflammation and the risk for bowel disease?

What diet do I follow to reduce inflammation and the risk for bowel disease?

Avoid toxic foods: Avoid sugars, fried foods, vegatable oils like canola & soy, meats that are cured wth nitrates & nitrites, aspartame, splenda, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, maragarine, soy based products, sweetened beverages like juice & soda, microwaved foods, artificial colors & flavors. All of these products cause damage to the cells, tissues & organs in your body contributing to various diseases. ...Read more

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Just been diagnosed with functional bowel disease. What is it? What's the treamtment, prospects, how does it work?

Just been diagnosed with functional bowel disease.  What is it? What's the treamtment, prospects, how does it work?

More Fiber Less Stre: I recommend 1-2 tablespoons of Psyllium Husks (Metamucil, Konsyl) in a glass of water. Drink it fast (otherwise, it will turn to sludge in the glass)--and follow with another glass of water. You should have an easy bowel movement every day. If you're not doing that, you probably need more fiber--and maybe more magnesium (500-1,000 mg/day). Stress may exacerbate the condition. ...Read more

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What effect does snorting cocaine have on a healthy bowel and what is the effect on bowel with Crohn's Disease?

What effect does snorting cocaine have on a healthy bowel and what is the effect on bowel with Crohn's Disease?

Pardon my irony: The effects of the stress from dealing with police/courts/prison conditions is BIG and has very bad effects on several body functions, but maybe especially hard on your bowels. Certainly a Crohn's patient, but even a healthy bowel might not deal well w/ the dietary deprivations you could encounter. BTW, at the point of use, it may feel good. But it is risky in many ways beyond that. I'd say avoid! ...Read more

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What is inflammatory bowel disease?

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

IBD defined: Earlier healthtap answers may help. Briefly ibd is a spectum of inflammatory diseases of GI tract. At one end of the spectrum is ulcerative colitis---a disease confined to the mucosal surface of colon. At the opposite end of the spectrum is crohn's disease--a transmural (full thickness) inflammation of any part of GI tract (from mouth to anus). Both are systemic & increase colon cancer risk. ...Read more

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How is inflammatory bowel disease cured?

How is inflammatory bowel disease cured?

Cure for IBD?: Ulcerative colitis involves inflammation of the colonic mucosal surface, so colectomy (removal of the colon) is curative for it. Crohn's disease however is a transmural (full-thickness) inflammation of any part of the GI tract (from mouth to anus). Crohn's is not curable, but it is controllable with medications (see my previous healthtap answer regarding "step up" versus "top down" treatments. ...Read more

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How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?

How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?

Many options: 1. 5-asa medications (sulfasalazine, asacol, (mesalamine) pentasa) may work for mild ulcerative colitis (uc), but not crohn's disease. 2. Steroids work, but are only useful for short course because of side effects. 3. Azathioprine (imuran), 6-mp, Methotrexate are often effective, and reduce the need for steroids. 4. Remicade, Humira are often effective for crohn's, sometimes for uc. 5. Surgery if needed. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors of inflammatory bowel disease?

What are the risk factors of inflammatory bowel disease?

IBS Risk : http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/inflammatory-bowel-disease/basics/risk-factors/con-20034908

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Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more