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Severe Ulcerative Colitis
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
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
What to do if I have been diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis and also severe psoriasis. is there any connection?
No: There is no direct connection but the two diseases can be effective treated with the same TNF medication. ...Read more
Is primary sclerosing cholangitis only associated with severe Ulcerative Colitis? Or is it associated with mild disease too?
With all UC: It is associated with UC regardless of how bad it is. That being said, you don't need to have UC to get PSC. ...Read more
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
My 14 yr. Old son has severe ulcerative colitis...He is on remecaid. He has a real bowel movement last night but this morning had loose, black stool. ?
Black stool: Call his GI doctor as this could indicate a serious issue. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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