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Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Overview)

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.


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Can ulcerative colitis cause body pain can you have both constipation and diarrhea? How long does it take ulcerative colitis to develop?

Can ulcerative colitis cause body pain can you have both constipation and diarrhea? How long does it take ulcerative colitis to develop?

Possibly IBS: Symptoms sound more like irritable bowel syndrome, functional disorder of colon. Symptoms:abdominal pain or cramping,
bloated feeling, gas (flatulence),
diarrhea or constipation, sometimes even alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea. 60% of persons with ibs also suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome, cause of body pain. As many as 70% of fms patients have reported experiencing symptoms of ibs. ...Read more

Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Overview)

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.


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Is a bloody stool always a symptom of Crohn's and ulcerative colitis?

Is a bloody stool always a symptom of Crohn's and ulcerative colitis?

No: Bloody stool can be from many different processes and crohn's / uc can present with symptoms other than blood stools. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Harper Dr. Harper
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Ulcerative colitis (Tip)

You need to keep following up to try to prevent cancer. ...See more

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Living with Ulcerative Colitis (Checklist)

See your gastroenterologist
Once
Follow recommended therapy closely
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Follow through with recommended cancer screening
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What are the typical symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

What are the typical symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

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

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Is dark maroon bloody diaherra a sign of ulcerative colitis?

Not necessarily: It's a sign of bleeding somewhere in the intestine, usually upper intestine/stomach if its dark red blood. See your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Kuhnke Dr. Kuhnke
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Ulcerative colitis (Tip)

Eat right, get adequate rest, take your meds, and have your regular exams. Minimize alcohol. ...See more

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I have ulcerative colitis and medication isn't working. Is there anything else I can do to feel better?

I have ulcerative colitis and medication isn't working. Is there anything else I can do to feel better?

See a surgeon: If you are not responding to medication you may want to consider seeing a colorectal surgeon to discuss colectomy. Removal of the colon is curative in ulcerative colitis. It is however major surgery, and should be discussed at length with an experienced colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed? Ulcerative colitis, recent results show, (total)protein 8.7, serum albumin, 3.9, serum globulin 4.8. Should I be worried?

I was diagnosed? Ulcerative colitis, recent results show, (total)protein 8.7, serum albumin, 3.9, serum globulin 4.8. Should I be worried?

Labs, no; U.C., yes: The lab results you mentioned are not worrisome. However, the diagnosis of ulcerative colitis (uc) is significant & will impact your health for the long-term. To address uc, maintain excellent rapport with your GI doctor & report flares, take the medications he gives you, follow his advice regarding tobacco, diet, & to avoid Aspirin & nsaid's, &get regular colonoscopies for dysplasia surveillance. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck Dr. Beck
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Ulcerative colitis (Tip)

Manage stress, don't smoke, avoid dairy products, spicy and greasy food. Risk of cancer, so see doc. ...See more

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Will a colon biopsy confirm a positive test for ulcerative colitis?

Will a colon biopsy confirm a positive test for ulcerative colitis?

Yes: A colonoscopy biopsy would be the most accurate means of testing for ulcerative colitis, more accurate than any other test. Can see: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/ulcerative-colitis/ds00598/dsection=tests-and-diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are tests for ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis can be relatively easy to diagnose because it normally affects only the colon and rectum and usually causes an obvious change in daily bowel habits, such as frequent stools containing blood or mucus. Your doctor will conduct a medical history and physical exam before doing other tests. ...Read more

Dr. You Sung Sang Dr. Sang
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Ulcerative colitis (Tip)

Avoid an excessive use of NSAIDs. ...See more

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Is it bad to drink alcohol if you have ulcerative colitis?

YES: Ulcerative colitis has much to do with the brain/body relationship. For every message that goes from the brain to the bowel there are 9 messages that go from the bowel to the brain. Diet affecting brain function has an important part in the disease. ...Read more

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What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

What causes ulcerative colitis to flare up?

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

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Ulcerative colitis (Tip)

Keep up with what's new. There are some exciting new treatments on the horizon. Read ; ask your doc! ...See more

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I tested positive for ulcerative colitis on the ibd panel. Yet, my colonoscopy came back normal. What could this mean?

I tested positive for ulcerative colitis on the ibd panel. Yet, my colonoscopy came back normal. What could this mean?

IBD panel is a genet: A + ibd panel is present as a preclinical marker and +in a set number of inflammatory bowel diseases. Since autoimmunity is present as a result of t-helper -1 deficiency, t-helper-2 dominance. This state of illness can be caused by a metabolic dysfunction that is also found in diabetes, ra, psoriasis ect. And in certain cancers. If a b-6 is (low or high) b-6, function is tested by products of b6. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Ulcerative colitis (Tip)

Blood from bowel ulcers is very irritating, and can lead to more ulcers. ...See more

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I have ulcerative colitis and chronic non-specific duodenitis. But my doc. Treats me only for UC and not for duodenitis. Any specific reason for it??

I have ulcerative colitis and chronic non-specific duodenitis. But my doc. Treats me only for UC and not for duodenitis. Any specific reason for it??

Ask your doctor: Particularly if with symptoms from the duodenitis, be sure to ask your gastroenterologist since it is unclear whether or not you should be treated and depends on current medications, actual pathology from endoscopic biopsies, etc.. ...Read more

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/18 yr old female was on 50-2mg per day since 7/10 off now been 2 wks. Has red spots on legs spots are swollen. Any ideas treated for ulcerative colitis with meds

Erythema nodosum: This sounds like erythema nodosum, which is a skin condition associated with uc. You need to start by showing this to your gastroenterologist. They may try to manage this on their own or may refer to a dermatologist. The best way to manage this is to increase or change your uc meds. However you really need to involve your docs! ...Read more

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Is intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) useful for treating ulcerative colitis?

Is intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) useful for treating ulcerative colitis?

Possibly: There are a few published case studies that support the use of ivig for treatment of uc.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/3490055
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/1728132. ...Read more

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Is colectomy is the last choice for treatment ulcerative colitis? Is colectomy a bad thing to patients?

Is colectomy is the last choice for treatment ulcerative colitis? Is colectomy a bad thing to patients?

Not a simple answer: This is a complex issue beyond the scope of a 400 word answer. If you have tried all the usual treatments including biologics (humira for example) and immune modulating drugs (imuran (azathioprine) for example) and have non or poorly responsive disease, then a colectomy is generally a better choice than a life of being a slave to your colon inflammation. ...Read more

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Are there any promising trials for new ulcerative colitis treatments?

Trials for colitis: An open-label study of vedolizumab (mln0002) in patients with ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease

this multicenter, 2-year open-label study will collect data on the occurrence of important clinical safety events resulting from chronic vedolizumab (mln0002) administration. ...Read more

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Are there any natural medicines that can cure ulcerative colitis?

No: No, there is not. Ulcerative colitis cannot be cured by any medicine. The only "cure" is to remove the entire colon. ...Read more

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Is there any chance that the E.histolytica that cause ulcerative colitis to return after taking antiamoebic drug? Could the fsat food be a cuse of it?

Is there any chance that the E.histolytica that cause ulcerative colitis to return after taking antiamoebic drug? Could the fsat food be a cuse of it?

Let's clarify: Entamoeba histolytica doesn't cause ulcerative colitis but it can mimic it. It can return whenever you're re-exposed or if the Rx didn't kill all the organisms. "Fast food" isn't the cause of ulcerative colitis. You need to find out what you've got -- especially if it's true ulcerative colitis, being a well-educated patient is key to getting a good outcome. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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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


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more


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