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Is It Possible For One Person To Have Both Celiac Disease And Ulcerative Colitis
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
UC and gluten: Gluten free or low gluten diets often benefit uc patients. Gluten is a wheat protein so dropping wheat or replacing with potato bread, rice or rye might help. Adding a high fiber bowel regimen, multivitamin and no nicotine can also help. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have celiac and ulcerative colitis now I had 3 episodes of tarry stools within 3 weeks also loss of appetite not wanting to eat, what could it be?
See details: This is likely an upper GI bleed if your stools are truly black and just not dark brown. If so, this is an urgent problem. See your gastroenterologist ASAP or go to the ER. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unclear question: If by disparity you mean "the difference between" then: ulcerative colitis affects just the large intestine(colon) and causes bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain. The inflammation is superficial on the bowel lining. Crohns causes deep inflammation through the whole bowel wall and affects anywhere in the GI tract from lips to anus.Symptoms of crohns can be more severe and can cause bowel obstruction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many people in my support forum insist they are suffering from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. I know it's possible, but how likely is it?
Very possible : When people are posting on specialize forums for specific diseases, they are looking for answers. So often they find comfort in knowing that there is a community of people who have the same conditions, and are who are suffering likewise. So that they can support each other, share treatment plans that has worked, share treatment plants that haven't worked, and keep informed of the latest treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a j pouch, because i had ulcerative colitis, but now i'm worried that i might have Crohn's disease, can that happen?
Yes, sometimes: Sometimes after colectomy, pouchitis can act like crohn's disease even if you don't have crohn's. Also sometimes crohn's colitis can act just like ulcerative colitis but not extend beyond the colon until after the colon is removed. It is often very difficult to distinguish between the two. Scope with biopsies can help. Ask your gastroenterologist about evaluation and treatment options. ...Read more
I doubt it: With ulcerative colitis you really need to be having diarrhea with blood in it. Most lyme disease doesn't do this. I think the main connection would be fever and joint pain, which you can see with both. But I would imagine that UC would not commonly be mistaken for lyme disease. ...Read more
IBD: Perhaps there is some confusion inflammatory bowel disease(ibd)refers specifically to ulcerative colitis and crohn's diseasr. If a person has been informed that he or she has ibd then the diagnosis is either ulcerative colitis or crohn's. Inflammation in the intestine caused by infection or other causes may mimic ibd & thus not be either ulcerative colitis or crohn's. ...Read more
Quick summary: Ibs is irritable bowel syndrome. It causes chronic abdominal discomfort with changes in bowel movements. Ibd is inflammatory bowel disease, for which ulcerative colitis and crohn's are the two main subtypes. These are characterized by chronic inflammation of the bowel, and can often have diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, fevers, arthritis, vomiting, and (with crohn's) bowel obstruction. ...Read more
Messlamines: This is still the most commonly prescribed and safest long-term medication to be used to treat uc. Important to be compliant and remain on them. There are several brands - ask your doctor to see which one is best for you. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
UC: Question as to which is more serious, Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis, misses the point that these are different intensities of disorder along a spectrum of manifestation wherein intestinal smooth muscle function is hyperdynamic due to neurologic autonomic system impingement & over-stimulation. Ulcerative Colitis represents greater intensity of these dysfunctions; involving inflammation & bleeding. ...Read more
Location for one: It can be difficult to tell between the 2 at times. Location is important. Ulcerative colitis always involves the colon starting with the rectum. Crohns can follow any distribution in the gut and often involves the small intestine, especially the terminal ileum. There are also differences when tissue specimens are viewed under the microscope. There are blood tests which can be helpful too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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