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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Overview)

Ongoing inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract.


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What are the tests for inflammatory bowel disease?

What are the tests for inflammatory bowel disease?

Endoscopy w/ biopsy: Clinical history, signs, symptoms, bloodwork and imaging can all be suggestive of ibd; but proper diagnosis is made after endoscopy with histology.

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Dr. Arthur Heller
461 doctors shared insights

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Overview)

Ongoing inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract.


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What are symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease generally refers to crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Both may give you diarrhea up to 10-20 movements per day, uc usually with blood mixed in, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of energy and numeropus other associated co morbid conditions. If in doubt see either a colorectal surgeon or GI doctor.

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Before you reach for that cigarette, think about your last flare of inflammatory bowel disease. ...See more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask for STD testing
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Have your partner get STD testing
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

True inflammatory bowel disease is not avoidable. If you have it it can usually be controlled. ...See more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Don't be embarrassed to discuss with your healthcare professional.
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Avoid trigger foods and activities.
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Use over the counter bulking agents like fiber.
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Use over the counter antidiarrheals.
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How does inflammatory bowel disease feel to a person who has it?

How does inflammatory bowel disease feel to a person who has it?

Variable: The symptoms can be highly variable from one person to another. There can be mild symptoms of abdominal gas and diarrhea. There can be more abdominal cramping and bloody diarrhea in others. There can be signs of intestinal blockage in advanced cases. There can be little or feelings in some cases.

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Is diarrhea always more of a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease or can constipation be the main symptom?

Is diarrhea always more of a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease or can constipation be the main symptom?

Usually diarrhea...: Ulcerative colitis starts in the rectum, progresses up; hallmark is diarrhea, often bloody. May have tenesmus ("dry heaves of the rectum")-urge to go, but not much to show for it. Crohn's disease usually has diarrhea, but not always-depends on location and extent. May present with pain, fever, weight loss, lack of growth in kids. Crohn's can cause narrowing, strictures in bowel.

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Don't smoke. If you have inflammatory bowel disease it is important not to smoke. ...See more

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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Try to notice and avoid precipitating factors
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Start a trial of increased dietary fiber
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See your PMD or gastroenterologist if symptoms persist
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What are symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease?

Depends: Inflammatory bowel disease generally refers to crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Both may give you diarrhea up to 10-20 movements per day, uc usually with blood mixed in, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of energy and numeropus other associated co morbid conditions. If in doubt see either a colorectal surgeon or GI doctor.

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Inflammatory bowel disease is not something we know how to prevent...We don't know what causes it. ...See more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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Can you die from inflammatory bowel disease?

Can you die from inflammatory bowel disease?

Yes: But this is not common these days. However if the inflammatory process is not treated it can cause severe malnutriton, weight loss, anemia, and possibly progress to toxic megacolon and perforation which is fatal if not diagnosed and treated promptly.

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What is the best thing to feed a person diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease?

Depends: You would need to see your doctor and likely a gastroenterologist who specializes in these conditions. There are different types of inflammarory bowel diseases, and medical therapy or medications are usually used. Colonoscopy surveillance may be indicated. Surgery only used if there are complicating factors such as bleeding or obstruction or increased cancer risks.

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Inflammatory bowel disease (Tip)

Surgery is not inevitable if you are pro-active with your inflammatory bowel disease. ...See more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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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