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What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

SIJ Subluxation: ? About intestinal spasm causing inflammation, bleeding, & bloating. These are symptoms along a spectrum from mild (IBS) to severe diarrhea (Crohn's) to bleeding (Ulcerative Colitis). The likely etiology of these disorders are varying degrees of autonomic dysfunctions. IBS-D reflects parasympathetic overdrive & IBS-C reflects sympathetic overdrive. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Can ulcerative colitis and tropical sprue sometimes occur Together.Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and inflammation in small intestine due to e.coli?

Can ulcerative colitis and tropical sprue sometimes occur Together.Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and inflammation in small intestine due to e.coli?

Depends: Ulcerative colitis can affect the terminal ileum and if that is the only part of small intestine affected, there is no need to invoke a second disease. This should best be discussed with your doctor who has more information about your health. ...Read more

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Any relationship between bloating and bowel inflammatory conditions and colon cancer?

Any relationship between bloating and bowel inflammatory conditions and colon cancer?

Colitis & cancer: Inflammatory bowel disease, especially ulcerative colitis increases the risk of colon cancer substantially in that regular colonoscopic screening is recommended. Bloating probably has no relation to colon cancer. ...Read more

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What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

What causes colitis, Crohn's disease and other digestive problems?

Unknown: While we don't entirely know what causes these, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and crohn's) appears to be caused by an autoimmune mechanism. There is a degree of genetic susceptibility, which seems to be higher in crohn's. However other theories, such as a virus as a cause, may also play a role. There are many other forms of colitis that may mimic these, and only a doctor can tell. ...Read more

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Types of diseases that can cause chest and stomach pain?any ideas? Besides Crohn's and IBS and ulcerative colitis

Types of diseases that can cause chest and stomach pain?any ideas? Besides Crohn's and IBS and ulcerative colitis

Chest/stomach pain: There are several conditions from reflux to ulcer disease to heart attack can all cause these types of symptoms. Lung conditions can also cause this. You should see your primary care physician. General if you are feeling well then it is most likely a stomach vs esophagus issue. If you are feeling bad you should be seen by a doctor immediately to rule out more serious causes. ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis and diverticulitis cause complications with Crohn's disease?

Can diverticulitis and diverticulitis cause complications with Crohn's disease?

Maybe: It is possible for underlying ibd to complicate post-operative care of patients requiring segmental colectomy for complicated diverticular disease (i.e. Perforation) especially when it comes to reversal in the setting of active ibd. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

What are symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

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

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What are the causes of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

What are the causes of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

Genes+environment : A combination of genetic predisposion (for example crohn's is more common in ashkenazi jews), life events (eg appendectomy increases one and decreases the other), and environmental influences (eg smoking increases crohn's and decreases severity of uc...). Bet you didn't expect the latter! as knowledge increases more precise factors are identified. ...Read more

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Can taking Accutane cause ulcerative colitis or chron's in offspring?

No: There were previous studies showing a questionable link between these conditions, but they were all small and questionable, leaving the question very open. However, a very large study reported in 2013 involving 45, 000 women shows no link between Accutane and ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. No study has ever reported ulcerative colitis or crohn's in offspring. ...Read more

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Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

Are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease hereditary?

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

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People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

Separate issue: Not more prone than the next individual. Are more prone to colon cancer-risk increases with duration of and extent of disease.Will need more frequent surveillance colonoscopies than other folks. ...Read more

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What is ulcerative colitis and possibly chrons?

What is ulcerative colitis and possibly chrons?

Colon Inflammation : Both ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease are inflammation of the colon .. And small intestine for crohn's. Rectal bleeding, diarrhea, cramps, and pain are common some cases are mild and some devastating. It is important to find a doctor who specializes in treating these disease. Medicines help significantly ... However, some patients will require surgery. .... All the best, peter wilk, md. ...Read more

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Could lupus cause mild inflammatory changes on colon and duodenal biopsy?

Could lupus cause mild inflammatory changes on colon and duodenal biopsy?

Unlikely, but...: ... If the pathologist has only signed out "mild inflammatory changes" and given no other description, what's really the point is, "this isn't tumor, and it isn't something i can diagnose as any specific illness." the clinician can ask the pathologist, "can the mild duodenitis be due to taking motrin?" and the pathologist can probably answer. Key is "this is a non-tumor biopsy" which is good. ...Read more

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I have ulcerative colitis but also have chronic inflammation in duodenum. So can ulcerative colitis and tropical sprue occur together as I am INDIAN.

Yes!: This requires really careful consideration by your GI doctor. Because the other possibility is that you DONT have ulcerative colitis but that you have Crohn's disease. So make sure your doctor has a chance to sort through all of your clinical data before making a game plan. ...Read more

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What could cause inflammation in cecum and ileum not caused by crohns ulcerative colitis medication or infection?

What could cause inflammation in cecum and ileum not caused by crohns ulcerative colitis medication or infection?

Hmmm....: How do we know it is none of those? Biopsy would be the next step in determining a cause, but you must have had a biopsy to know that it was none of the above? I would suspect that this is Crohn's - maybe mild. ...Read more

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Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

No: Ibs is a functional bowel disorder characterized by bowel hyperactivity and hypersensitivity, while ibd is a structural bowel disorder characterized by inflammation and ulceration. They are unrelated. ...Read more

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How are ulcerative colitis and chron's disease distinguished from each other?

How are ulcerative colitis and chron's disease distinguished from each other?

Sometimes they: Overlap. In general, uc is limited to colonic mucosa, whereas crohn's disease can affect any GI organ and involves the entire thickness of the wall of the organ. Definitive treatment of uc is colectomy if medications fail. Treatment of crohn's is more complicated. It is a complicated subject matter that requires more than what can be discussed here. ...Read more

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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

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I also was recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and chicken allergies (skin test). Could the allergy be the underlying cause of the uc?

I also was recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and chicken allergies (skin test).  Could the allergy be the underlying cause of the uc?

No: A positive allergy skin test to chicken does not predict a real reaction at least 50% of the time. The larger the skin test reaction however, the more likely it indicates true allergy. Although one may get gastrointestinal upset after having eaten chicken if one is allergic, it does not cause uc. However it may make the symptoms from uc worse. ...Read more

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Is internal bleeding a common problem of ulcerative colitis?

No- read on: Ulcerative colitis is often diagnosed when someone seeks medical advice for rectal bleeding. However, internal bleeding usually implies bleeding into a body cavity, such as the abdomen or chest. This can be seen after surgery, and in unusual situations even when no surgery has occurred. However, it is rarely seen in uc in the absence of other complications. ...Read more

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Which problems can ulcerative colitis cause later in life?

THe same as: In the younger years. Pain, bleeding, anemia, dehydtation, obstruction perforation. All of this are less well tolerated as we get into the older age groups. Properly treated and controlled ulcerative colitis in remission, does not increase your problems in the future. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have ulcerative colitis so mild that you dont even realize you have a problem? You just think you have occasional GI issues.

YES: but it's rare...There have been cases of UC with the only complaint(s) are those of constipation and or diarrhea without fever or blood in stools. If you are concened about this ee your PCP..There are newer BLOOD TESTS which can screen for inflammatory bowel disease. Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

Separate issue: Not more prone than the next individual. Are more prone to colon cancer-risk increases with duration of and extent of disease.Will need more frequent surveillance colonoscopies than other folks. ...Read more

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What could cause colon diseases (specifically colitis and ulcerative colitis) and abdominal bloating problems?

SIJ Subluxation: ? About intestinal spasm causing inflammation, bleeding, & bloating. These are symptoms along a spectrum from mild (IBS) to severe diarrhea (Crohn's) to bleeding (Ulcerative Colitis). The likely etiology of these disorders are varying degrees of autonomic dysfunctions. IBS-D reflects parasympathetic overdrive & IBS-C reflects sympathetic overdrive. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis have a real cure?

Can ulcerative colitis have a real cure?

Difficult problem: Crohn's and ulcerative colitis are both difficult problems. The surgical procedures, resection, ostomy, anastomosis are added when medical therapy alone is not able to control. Neither disease is curable, both are managed. Diet with avoidance of irritants like gluten, fat, lactose and bile can help. Be well. ...Read more

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What is a common ulcerative colitis medicine?

Lots: Steroids (oral, iv, rectal); sulfasalazine (azulfidine) Mesalamine in various forms (oral, -lialda, asacol, pentasa, apriso, generic; rowasa, (mesalamine) canasa-rectal suppositories or enemas); immunomodulators: 6 mercaptopurine, azathioprine (oral); biologics: infliximab, cyclosporine-iv); antibiotics; probiotics (e.g. Vsl3); surgery. ...Read more

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Tips for someone living with ulcerative colitis?

Tips for someone living with ulcerative colitis?

Autoimmune Paleo: The best way to improve colitis is by stopping foods like grains, lentils, potatoes based items. Avoid nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, eggs) and milk protein since they also cause inflammation Healthy foods: fish, meats, vegetables, avocados, some saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Probonix probiotic, vitD3 10k IU/day. The Paleo Solution by R. Wolfe is a great book ...Read more

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Will eating ginger bother my ulcerative colitis.?

Probably: What goes in must come out. Careful of spices and food additives. ...Read more

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What can I do about ulcerative colitis? I'm only 18.

Ulcerative Colitis: The best treatment for ulcerative colitis is suppression therapy and close monitoring for the complications of the disease. There is no cure for the disease but there a lots of good medical treatments to help keep flares to a minimum. ...Read more

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Will ulcerative colitis stop me from going on my vacation?

Maybe: I assume that you have had the diagnosis confirmed and are under proper treatment by a GI specialist. A vacation can be ruined by the constant search for a bathroom. So uc will not stop you if under control, but your GI doctor can recommend the best regimen to minimize discomfort and inconvenience during your vacation. ...Read more

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How can children get ulcerative colitis? How is it treated?

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

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Can ulcerative colitis be treated with alternative medecine?

Can ulcerative colitis be treated with alternative medecine?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of flare ups due to ulcerative colitis?

Bloody BMs: Most common symptoms include bloody bm, abdominal pain, food intolerance / anorexia, and fever. It really depends on the severity of your flareup. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ulcerative colitis with lots of flare ups.?

What to do if I have ulcerative colitis with lots of flare ups.?

Optimization: You need to work with your gastroenterologist to make sure that you optimize your medical therapy. You either need to increase the dosage of the medications you are on, change to stronger ones, or discuss having your colon removed surgically. Speak with your doctor! ...Read more

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Does all insurances cover ulcerative colitis, since it's chronic?

Most do: Some companies have pre-existing conditions, but the laws have been helping that go away. You should check with your insurance company to be sure. ...Read more

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What's the difference between "colitis" and "ulcerative colitis"?

What's the difference between "colitis" and "ulcerative colitis"?

Colon inflammation: "colitis" is defined as inflammation of the colon, which can be subcategorized as infectious (c. Diff, etc), inflammatory (crohn's dz, ulcerative colitis), or ischemic (poor blood supply). Colitis will typically cause (bloody) diarrhea and abdominal pain. Each of these types of colitis have characteristic laboratory, radiographic, and endoscopic differences to help reach the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

A form of Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects mostly the large bowel (colon and rectum). It causes pain, cramping, bloody diarrhea, and sometimes fever, fatigue, weight ...Read more


Skin Problems (Definition)

Very broadly, anything that is not normal or causes symptoms. Some are self limited (ie poison ivy) some are chronic (ie eczema) and the latter may be more representative of ...Read more