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Joint Pain Ulcerative Colitis
Non-destructive: Uc can cause joint pain and even joint swelling and redness in most joints including hips, knees, wrists, fingers. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, uc-associated joint problems do not destroy the joint capsule. Nonetheless it should be treated so that you are more comfortable. Sometimes the GI doctor will manage and sometimes they will send you to a rheumatologist. Good luck. ...Read more
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
Inflammation: A percentage of patients with ulcerative colitis will have an associated inflammatory arthritis. This type of arthritis is similar in mechanism to other types of inflammatory arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and is characterized by inflammation attacking various joints in the body. Do not hesitate to see a rheumatologist for treatment options. ...Read more
See an optho ASAP:
You need to get your eyes checked out by a ophthalmologist. You may have uveitis, which is seen with uc and crohn's. The doctor will need to do a slit lamp exam. This is urgent though.
The joint pain could be related to uc or not. Ibuprofen can be helpful but best to start with your GI specialist with this one. ...Read more
Extraintestinal: There are many extra intestinal manifestation of ulcerative colitis including the eye and the joints. This can include arthritis and arthralgia. Eye findings can include uveitis. Referral to a rheumatologist and ophthalmologist can be helpful. If the colitis is out of control or poorly controlled, extra intestinal manifestations can occur. ...Read more
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
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 more
Inflammation: Uc is an inflammatory bowel disease with many triggers. Any trigger that creates an inflammatory response can/will cause a flare up - especially if you are not on maintenance medications. For some patients - even ones in "remission", triggers such as GI infection, systemic illness, significant change in diet and activity, or severe emotional stress can result in a flare up. ...Read more
Colitis: There are many forms and types of colitis, some will resolve on their own. Infectious (bacterial), pseudomembranous, ischemic, crohn's, etc. Ulcerative colitis is a specific form of chronic colitis of uncertain cause, diagnosed often by biopsy at colonoscopy. It can be a long term condition needing specific medications to treat & serial colonoscopy to watch the degree of colitis or for dysplasia. ...Read more
Link: See this website for detailed info: https://www. Cdc. Gov/ibd/ ...Read more
Diarrhea, bloody: Bloody diarrhea is the hallmark of ulcerative colitis, but sometimes multiple loose stools can occur with or without blood. Those affected often have weight loss or failure to thrive. Abdominal pain may occur. Extraintestinal symptoms include eye and joint disorders, and rarely, biliary disease. ...Read more
IBD: 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 and symptoms of uc. ...Read more
Ulcerative colitis: Many patients with ulcerative colitis have intolerance to gluten and fat. Try lowering gluten, by decreasing wheat products in your diet. Try avoiding fatty foods, and/or adding a bile binder like Questran (cholestyramine) to your diet. The goal of diet therapy is to achieve 2 soft bowel movements daily with a bowel regimen. ...Read more
No specific diet: Many diets have been tested for ulcerative colitis, but there is no evidence to support any particular diet. Some people feel like certain foods bother them, but that is different for each person. So listen to your own body. But most of all, see your gastroenterologist and make sure you are on medical therapy for ulcerative colitis, because diet alone will not control colitis. ...Read more
Cholestyramine: In general, cholestyramine is a very well-tolerated drug. The most common side effects relate to the digestive tract, including constipation, abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting. It is rare for any more serious side effects to occur. If you're having problems with the medication, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Good luck. ...Read more
Rare: As stated already, it's actually rare to die directly from uc. The main cause of death that can be tied to uc would be cancer. Many decades of inflammation can lead to bowel cancers. Also, medications from uc are associated with a risk of lymphoma. Even if you get cancer, it may not cause death. Some of these cancers are treatable with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. ...Read more
Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis (uc) is less prevalent among smokers, and smoking can help reduce uc flares. If you are a smoker and want to continue smoking as a treatment of uc, you may want to try smoking cessation 1st to verify associations. While smoking may help you control uc flares, it's still not healthy for you for other reasons including cancer and cardiovascular risks. Consider nicotine patches. ...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 more
Inflammation: The inflammation on the lining of the bowel causes that lining to break down. So essentially there is injury to your body. The bleeding is a natural extension of this. The treatments are medications to correct the inflammation actually. Then, the body will naturally heal the lining of the bowel and the bleeding will stop. ...Read more
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
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 more
Are hashimotos and ulcerative colitis connected? Since I have been treated for hashiis uc seems to have materialised.
Autoimmune: They are both autoimmune diseases and can co exist but are not related to each other. ...Read more
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