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Trying to cope with ulcerative colitis. How do you find support groups, etc...?

Trying to cope with ulcerative colitis. How do you find support groups, etc...?

Yes: All sympathy to you from every one, it is crippling disease attacks the young, and disables all. Cure is not too far away see your physician regularly depression is not unusual , several support groups are available from your community to nation wide ( and face book ). Go on web like ccfa.Org livingwithuc.Com good luck for long remission. ...Read more

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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


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Many people in my support forum insist they are suffering from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. I know it's possible, but how likely is it?

Many people in my support forum insist they are suffering from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. I know it's possible, but how likely is it?

Very possible : When people are posting on specialize forums for specific diseases, they are looking for answers. So often they find comfort in knowing that there is a community of people who have the same conditions, and are who are suffering likewise. So that they can support each other, share treatment plans that has worked, share treatment plants that haven't worked, and keep informed of the latest treatments. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any cases where immuno-suppressants won't be needed for ulcerative colitis?

Please tell me if there are any cases where immuno-suppressants won't be needed for ulcerative colitis?

Paleo diet helps: The best way to improve colitis is by stopping high carb foods (grains, lentils, potatoes based items). Avoid nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, eggs) and milk protein since they cause inflammation Healthy foods: fish, meats, vegetables, avocados, some saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Probonix, vitD3 10k IU/day. You should feel a difference in 1-4 months ...Read more

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Why isn't pouch surgery in ulcerative colitis not suitable for some people?

Why isn't pouch surgery in ulcerative colitis not suitable for some people?

What type of pouch: Are you asking about? J-pouch for the replacement of the rectum results in 6-10 bowel movements a day. Not appropriate for crohn's disease, elderly, damaged anal sphincter, etc. Other pouch is koch pouch replacement at an ileostomy site. Requires significant care and daily insertion of a catheter. Both require specially trained surgeons. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, but now i'm worried that i might have Crohn's disease, can't that happen?

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, but now i'm worried that i might have Crohn's disease, can't that happen?

Unlikely: Cd can affect any portion of the GI tract from mouth to anus, uc only affects the rectum and large intestine. Cd can extend through the full thickness of the tract lining - creating holes, infection, or connections to adjacent organs, uc is limited to the lining of the colon. Differentiating can be tough when the rectum and colon are affected by cd. A gastroenterologist should be able to help. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and don't know how to deal with it. Any advice/suggestions?

Recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and don't know how to deal with it. Any advice/suggestions?

GOOD MEDICAL HELP: If you've been diagnosed with uc, you will need good and constant medical management. This autoimmune disease can be managed but not cured. Surgery may eventually be necessary. You will need surveillance colonoscopy every 3-5 years. You need a frank discussion with your doctor and/or gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read 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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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?

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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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more