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Doctor insights on: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Ibd Symptoms

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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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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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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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Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Not likely: Celiacs occurs because of an allergic reaction to gluten. This reaction destroys the cells in your small intestine that absorb nutrients from your food. Ibs occurs when your digestive tract is not moving food along the way it should, giving you diarrhea, constipation or both. Celiacs may seem like ibs because they have similar symptoms. But one does not cause the other. ...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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What is inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)?

Colon inflammation: In medicine, inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. The major types of ibd are crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. ...Read more

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Possible Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel disease, what's the difference?

Possible Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel disease, what's the difference?

Crohn's is: A type of inflammatory bowel disease as is ulcerative colitis. These are the two most common and there is a spectrum of diseases between the two with characteristics of both. Check with a good gastroenterologist. Treatments can be variable. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

Yes: Remember , IBS is a syndrome that is characterized by symptoms, although there are some anatomical changes in these patients colons that have been identified. There is not a causative relationship between these two disorders. A person with undiagnosed chron's may have symptoms identical to ibs. Likewise, a person with IBS could also develop chron's. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

What are symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

See below : Ibd usually presents with lots of diarrhea (mucousy, bloody or just loose). Some have bad pain, cramping, nausea, wt loss etc. ...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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What causes inflammatory bowel diseases?

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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Is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same?

Not even close!: Inflammatory bowel disease (see my earlier healthtap answer) is a systemic inflammation of the gut. Irritable bowel syndrome is a symptom complex without inflammation. Symptoms for both may be similar/ recurrent. The term "colitis" (=colon inflammation) is often erroneously applied to ibs patients. Ibd patients can have ibs, & ibs patients can develop ibd but the two are etiologically unrelated. ...Read more

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How are inflammatory bowel and irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

How are inflammatory bowel and irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

Mostly history: Inflammatory bowel disease is just that - inflammation of the intestine that is visible at endoscopy (upper endoscopy or colonoscopy) or imaging. The inflammation often leads to poor function. Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional problem. There is no sign of infection, inflammation, tumor, etc but it does not work properly. Things like caner, ulcers, need to be excluded. ...Read more

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Are irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

Are irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

No: Irritable bowel is physiologic and inflammatory bowel disease is pathologic. The former can make life un-enjoyable, the latter can be life threatening.The two terms are not interchangeable. Differentiating the two is critical to proper medical management. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Can somebody's colon cancer mimic irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?

Sometimes yes: Consult your doctor about your risks of cancer. Only way to know for sure is to get colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How does IBS differ from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

How does IBS differ from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

Very different: Though the diseases may have similar symptoms they are in fact, very different. By definition, a patient with irritable bowel has no inflammation or other significant abnormalities found in their GI tract which would explain their symptoms. Crohn's patient have visible inflammation somewhere which can be confirmed with biopsy. Both commonly have abdominal pain and/or diarrhea. ...Read more

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What is inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)?

Colon inflammation: In medicine, inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. The major types of ibd are crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. ...Read more

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Can inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) cause inability to gain weight? Especially muscle mass? Negative for celiac.

Can inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) cause inability to gain weight? Especially muscle mass? Negative for celiac.

It can: For several reasons, patients with ibd are at risk for malnutrition and weight loss. We call this failure to thrive. The inflammation of the lining of the intestine can result in poor absorption of nutrients and vitamins. The chronic inflammation has a high metabolic cost. It burns up calories. Keeping the disease under control, with medication and proper diet helps. ...Read more

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I'm concerned. What symptoms go with inflammatory bowel disease?

Cramps diarrhea: Symptoms vary from patient to patient, but most have some sort of abdominal pain - usiually cramping and loose, frequent bowel movements. Sometimes fever, sometimes blood in the stool, frequently weight loss if the symptoms are bad enough. See your doctor because many of these symptoms are nonspecific. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease?

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. ...Read more

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How can I treat inflammatory bowel disease ?

Medications: Variety of medications that will try to down regulate the inappropriate immune response found in ibd. Mesalamine (ie 5asa) products are a mainstay for uc and crohn's colitis. Other medications include immunosuppresant agents such as 6mp, immuran as well as biologic agents such as remicdae or humira (adalimumab). Steroids such as Prednisone are used in severe flares, but a not a long term option. ...Read more

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How would i know if i had inflammatory bowel disease?

Sometimes it is: Difficult for doctors, even specialists, to determine if you have it or not. So it would be even more difficult for you to figure out on your own. Typical symptoms of crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis would be unexplained abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fevers, weight loss. It is unpredicatable. Go see a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Can changing what I eat help control inflammatory bowel disease?

Can changing what I eat help control inflammatory bowel disease?

With flares, but...: 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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Can I do anything to avoid getting worse inflammatory bowel disease?

IBD treatment: Make sure that you follow up regularly with your gastroenterologist and take your medications as prescribed. ...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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Who gets an inflammatory bowel disease?

Almost anyone: About 15% of close relatives of crohn's patients carry genes that predispose to this inflammatory bowel disease. Also, ethnic origin and environment (including infectious and antigenic exposure as well as tobacco) play roles in disease emergence and "flaring." keep in mind that ibd can present in young, middle aged, or elderly, and almost anywhere and in any population around the world. ...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?

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Medication: Steroid forsevere flare up episodes. Maintainance drugs for suppression therapy. Talk to your doctor about these treatment plan. ...Read more

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How inflammatory bowel disease affect you?

IBD is systemic: Inflammatory bowel disease runs a spectrum from ulcerative colitis (inflammation of inside lining of colon) to crohn's (full-thickness inflammation that can involve any part of gut from mouth to anus). Almost any organ system can be affected, pregnancies are at risk, & there is a high prevalence of cancer development and need for chronic treatment &/or surgical management. Also, genetic proclivity. ...Read more

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How is inflammatory bowel disease detected?

Endoscopy: Clinical history, symptoms, bloodwork and imaging can all suggest inflammatory bowel disease. But the diagnosis is only made with both endoscoic and histologic evidence. ...Read more

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