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How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis? Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?

How do probiotics work for ulcerative colitis? Since it is an autoimmune disease wouldn't the overactive immune system fight the probiotics?

The Microbiome...: Great thought question. However, it isn't all about the immune system - we recently are beginning to understand the role of the community of micro- organisms in the gut (the microbiome). By altering the natural composition and exposure to certain foods early in life, our immune system over-reacts to certain proteins and microbes that would otherwise be harmless. ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in. As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system. One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells. List of auto immune disease are many and growing. End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid, pancreas or cells such as ...Read more


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Would ulcerative colitis be an autoimmune disorder?

Would ulcerative colitis be an autoimmune disorder?

Yes: Ulcerative Colitis is classified and treated like an autoimmune disease but is not completely understood. Https://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000250.htm ...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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Is ulcerative colitis a chronic disease? How is it treated?

Is ulcerative colitis a chronic disease? How is it treated?

Yes: There are textbooks written on treatment of ulcerative colitis so the answer is too detailed for this forum. You should see a gastroenterologist to review treatment options as not every option will suit each patient. ...Read more

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Is it possible for Lyme disease to be misdiagnosed as ulcerative colitis?

Is it possible for Lyme disease to be misdiagnosed as ulcerative colitis?

I doubt it: With ulcerative colitis you really need to be having diarrhea with blood in it. Most lyme disease doesn't do this. I think the main connection would be fever and joint pain, which you can see with both. But I would imagine that UC would not commonly be mistaken for lyme disease. ...Read more

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How can you get ibd if you don't even have ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease?

How can you get ibd if you don't even have ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease?

IBD: Perhaps there is some confusion inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)refers specifically to ulcerative colitis and crohn's diseasr. If a person has been informed that he or she has ibd then the diagnosis is either ulcerative colitis or crohn's. Inflammation in the intestine caused by infection or other causes may mimic ibd & thus not be either ulcerative colitis or crohn's. ...Read more

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I have the disease ulcerative colitis and I am wondering if pregnancy is possible with this disease?

Yes: Many patients with uc become pregnant with little difficulty, and have an uneventful pregnancy and delivery. Patients who have had abdominal or pelvic surgery do have a lower rate of fertility, but fertility specialists can help. Discuss the options of vaginal delivery vs. C-section with your doctors, especially if you have or are a candidate for a pelvic pouch surgery for your uc. ...Read more

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Calprotectin result is 81 mild does that means I may have crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis or it is just mild information like microbial?

Calprotectin result is 81 mild does that means I may have crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis or it is just mild information like microbial?

Mild not definitive: Calprotectin, like ESR or CRP tests is indicative of inflammation, but doesn't exactly diagnose CD or UC. So its 'mild information' in the sense I think you are using it. However, if you are considering biological treatments that are viewed as DMARDs (Disease modifying medicines) than it could help you and your practitioner consultants decide on accepting the risks of the newer medications. ...Read more

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I was dignosed with ulcerative colitis its been nearly 4years now. When my colon is removed and looked at can they diagnose me with Crohn's disease?

You probably have UC: You have ulcerative colitis for 4 years. If you have been taking medication and avoid flare ups you may not need to have your colon removed. If your colon is removed they will examine it under the microscope just as they have the biopsies from colonoscopy. It will confirm the disease. ...Read more

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I have inflammation in my small intestines, but it is not enough to diagnose chron's disease or ulcerative colitis. What other things could cause it?

I have inflammation in my small intestines, but it is not enough to diagnose chron's disease or ulcerative colitis. What other things could cause it?

Many things: Inflammation in the gastrointestinal system could be caused by undiagnosed infections, parasites or food intolerances. Consider some dietary changes like avoiding dairy and gluten and adding a probiotic daily to see if that is helpful. See your gastroenterologist for further diagnostic testing and evaluation. ...Read more

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I had a disease named ulcerative colitis then I surgeries done remove the whole colon. They put a pouch there. Suggest for further life eating n life?

I had a disease named ulcerative colitis then I surgeries done remove the whole colon. They put a pouch there. Suggest for further life eating n life?

You will be OK: Diseases colon which has a potential of developing cancer was removed, pouch will help you to have near normal bowel function, you need to be follows by your doctors especially the remaining rectal stump need to be checked, probably you may have on a diet that suits the pouch, females can get pregnant, join support groups good luck with your pouch. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for ulcerative colitis disease so far?

What is the best medicine for ulcerative colitis disease so far?

Messlamines: This is still the most commonly prescribed and safest long-term medication to be used to treat uc. Important to be compliant and remain on them. There are several brands - ask your doctor to see which one is best for you. ...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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What are symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

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

Many possibilities: There are many potential symptoms: weight loss, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, iron deficiency, fatigue, blood in the stool, arthritis, fever. Any of these could be symptoms. Its a tricky disease unfortunately. ...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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What is the disparity between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

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

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I had ulcerative colitis, but now I'm worried that I might have Crohn's disease. What do I do?

Colitis: These two forms of GI disease can sometimes have overlap but also have many areas that they are different. Best to discuss with your GI md and or surgeon to help differentiate and sometimes a repeat colonoscopy or upper endoscopy may be needed along with other test to establish a firm diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if I had ulcerative colitis, but now I'm worried that I might have Crohn's disease.?

Takes time: It is actually rather common for UC patients to find out they actually have crohns. Maybe up to 10% have this problem. This takes time--maybe even years to fully sort out for some. Many of the medications are useful in both so this is usually not the main issue. Surgical options are different however. Keep having regular discussions with your GI doctor about this ...Read more

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Colonoscopy shows no sign of Crohn's disease but can it be ulcerative colitis?

Colonoscopy shows no sign of Crohn's disease but can it be ulcerative colitis?

Unlikely: If no signs of crohn's disease was seen on colonoscopy, then it means there was no inflammation seen. Ulcerative colitis would have been seen on colonoscopy, unless it is "quiescent" or controlled with medications. ...Read more

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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

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