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How can I treat severe ulcerative colitis / pancolitis?

How can I treat severe ulcerative colitis / pancolitis?

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

Dr. James Dukelow
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Islet Cell Carcinoma (Definition)

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What do I do about severe ulcerative colitis/pancolitis?

What do I do about severe ulcerative colitis/pancolitis?

See your GI doctor: It depends on how long you have had the disease and what treatment you have had. Pan colitis for 10 years is serious and surgery may be necessary. ...Read more

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Which is a more serious disease: Crohn's or ulcerative colitis?

Which is a more serious disease: Crohn's or ulcerative colitis?

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

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I'm diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis and also severe psoriasis. Is there any connection?

I'm diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis and also severe psoriasis. Is there any connection?

Yes!: People with uc have increased rates of psoriasis have much greater rates of uc and crohn's. Bywater, an english physician, recognized this in the 1960's. There is a strong immune link! ...Read more

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My husband is currently suffering from ulcerative colitis and has a serious flare up where he is so inflamed that he is unable to pass any stool?

If he is unable to : Pass stool, he could be suffering from toxic megacolon, especially if he is on steroids. Get in touch with GI specialist immediately, or go to emergency room. ...Read more

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I may be starting remicade (infliximab) treatment in few weeks for severe left sided ulcerative colitis. Can I use predinosone for temp relief?

I may be starting remicade (infliximab) treatment in few weeks for severe left sided ulcerative colitis.  Can I use predinosone for temp relief?

Not on your own: Ulcerative colitis is a serious medical condition that need to be under constant medical supervision to achieve prolonged periods of remissions, and prevent complications like bleeding , colitis, perforations , systemic diseases and malignancy , if your physician prescribes predinosone (steroids) you should take. ...Read more

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Severe ulcerative colitis with loose, black stools?

Severe ulcerative colitis with loose, black stools?

See Dr: You have some bleeding - maybe - so you should call your doctor today and talk to them about it. They may need to change medications and do some tests. Don't delay. ...Read more

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I am seeing a GI dr but just would like more feedback on how long it is safe to stay on 40mg of prednisone for severe ulcerative colitis?

I am seeing a GI dr but just would like more feedback on how long it is safe to stay on 40mg of prednisone for severe ulcerative colitis?

Quicker the better: Treatment of uc with Prednisone is challenging. Prednisone 40 is a solid dose. There is no definite "safe amount of time." prednisone's side effects affect the body slowly, so i would say one month would be completely ok and then the longer you stay on such a dose, the more side effects (bloating, irritability, fluid retention, etc) you will have. Work with GI to limit use of predniosone. G.Luck. ...Read more

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Had a subtotal colectomy over 8 yrs ago a j pouch resrction and part of my rectum removed due to ulcerative colitis and extetensive adhesions had a severe pain in rectum area and pelvic region had a complete hystotectomy also I have no ins.?

Had a subtotal colectomy over 8 yrs ago a j pouch resrction and part of my rectum removed due to ulcerative colitis and extetensive adhesions had a severe pain in rectum area and pelvic region had a complete hystotectomy also I have no ins.?

Hard to tell...: Without an examination. Pouchituts is a painful inflammation of the rectal pouch treated with antibiotics. Urinary bladder infection can cause pelvic discomfort. Adhesion form after all surgery & do not generally cause pain unless there is a bowel obstruction with vomiting & no bowel function. Needs a physician examination. ...Read more

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I have mild ulcerative colitis, today i had a sudden onset of severe abdominal pain/bloating, nasea and bright red blood should I go to er?

I have mild ulcerative colitis, today i had a sudden onset of severe abdominal pain/bloating, nasea and bright red blood should I go to er?

Yes: Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the colon, in which the lining becomes inflamed and develops tiny ulcers. Uc is the result of an abnormal response by your body's immune system by sending white blood cells into the lining of the intestines, where they produce chronic inflammation and ulcerations. Uc can cause abdominal discomfort and frequent bowel movements and occasionally bleeding. ...Read more

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xarelto & Percocet for last wk. have severe abdominal pain w/ rectal bleeding. Could it be ulcerative colitis where diarrhea is stopped from opiods?

 xarelto & Percocet for last wk.  have severe abdominal pain w/ rectal bleeding. Could it be ulcerative colitis where diarrhea is stopped from opiods?

Hematochezia: It sounds like ther are many important variables regarding your question that make it a complex one. Yes xarelto can thin your blood and make you more prone to bleeding. Opioid medications usually have the side effect of causing constipation. ...Read more

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Would a regular abdominal/pelvis CT scan with contrast and barium suspension reveal moderate to severe ulcerative colitis / Crohn's?

Most likely: there would be visible changes on the CT scan unless the colitis is very mild. With severe colitis, the CT will invariably be abnormal. ...Read more

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What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative Colitis: UC is a autoimmune type disease in which there is an inflammatory response against the patients own cells of the colon. Common symptoms include pain, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and can lead to colon cancer. The disease requires treatment with medication and can also end up needing to be treated with surgery. ...Read more

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What are/is ulcerative colitis?

Inflammatory : Condition of unknown cause that causes cramps, diarrhea sometimes bloody, and GI absorption problems. Treatment requires anti-inflammatory drugs and sometimes even surgery. Complicated issue that is impossible to discuss in limited space here. ...Read more

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What is done for ulcerative colitis?

What is done for ulcerative colitis?

Medications surgery: The mainstay of treatment is medical, however a small proportion of very sick patients end up needing a colectomy (removal of the colon). Medication regimen inlcudes a Mesalamine product (such as asacol), immunosuppresants (6mp, immuran), biologic agents (remicade, humira). Prednisone is used as little as possible and only to control acute flares. ...Read more

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How to deal with ulcerative colitis?

Medications: ? Re how treat Ulcerative Colitis, UC. See a Gastroenterologist who specializes in UC. If symptoms persist despite therapies, ask the doctor if he would approve of the use of Cannabis. Do not use if he disapproves, and see a Cannabis Medicinal Consultant if he does approve. I have treated UC patients who have reported benefit from Cannabis. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more