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Is It True That All Or Most People With Ulcerative Colitis Are Hard To Treat
Not True: Not necessarily true as ulcerative colitis can have a wide range of presentations and responses to medical management. The disease may only involve the rectum(proctitis) and be managed with topical medication to full colonic involvement requiring systemic treatment to control symptoms with medications as per a gastroenterologist. Surgery, if necessary is best managed by a colorectal surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Ulcerative colitis: Initial treatment of ulcerative colitis involves medications similar to Aspirin which work to reduce the inflammation of the colon. For acute episodes steroids may also be used. For patients who do not respond to medical treatment or develop intestinal obstruction, rupture, uncontrollable bleeding, or severe infection, surgery may be needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ongoing research: There is a lot of promising data that looks at whip worms but also other living organisms like bacteria in making a difference in ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. The data are still preliminary in my mind and are not ready for prime time, mostly because we do not fully understand the biology behind why they help people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ulcerative Colitis: The cause of Ulcerative Colitis is unknown. We know there is an increased risk if there is a family history, so genetics plays a part. Look at the National Library of Medicine's section on UC for a good synopsis of symptoms and general approaches to treatment. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001296/#adam_000250.disease.causes ...Read more
But not very well: Ulcerative colitis is a chronic auto-immune disease. As time passes the chronic inflammation not uncommonly leads to colon cancer. It is manageable, but chronic surveillance and medical management is needed. I would not recommend abandoning current evidence based medical and surgical management . Optimal lifestyle and diet can help, of course . Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Paleo diet helps: The best way to improve colitis is by stopping high carb foods (grains, lentils, potatoes based items). Avoid nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, eggs) and milk protein since they cause inflammation Healthy foods: fish, meats, vegetables, avocados, some saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Probonix, vitD3 10k IU/day. You should feel a difference in 1-4 months ...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
Is there anyone that can tell me if uc davis helps treat ulcerative colitis for free i'm 21 female and had uc for 4 years?
No one: No one will treat uc for free, unless you are part of a clinical trial for a new treatment. If you can't afford the treatment or insurance, you need to sign up for medicaid. With the new affordable care act insurance requirement going into effect this year, you must buy insurance or get enrolled in a govt program. Uc requires frequent follow ups as well as tests and medications. ...Read more
Many options: There are many medications that can be used to treat severe ulcerative colitis. See a gastroenterologist who has a sequential plan of which drugs to try first, then progress to others if those are ineffective. There are many steps involved in the evaluation and treatment of this lifelong problem. Surgery is also an option, but is not without risk or side effects. ...Read more
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