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Ulcerative colitis: Many patients with ulcerative colitis have intolerance to gluten and fat. Try lowering gluten, by decreasing wheat products in your diet. Try avoiding fatty foods, and/or adding a bile binder like Questran (cholestyramine) to your diet. The goal of diet therapy is to achieve 2 soft bowel movements daily with a bowel regimen. ...Read more
Quick summary: Ibs is irritable bowel syndrome. It causes chronic abdominal discomfort with changes in bowel movements. Ibd is inflammatory bowel disease, for which ulcerative colitis and crohn's are the two main subtypes. These are characterized by chronic inflammation of the bowel, and can often have diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, fevers, arthritis, vomiting, and (with crohn's) bowel obstruction. ...Read more
Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease of the colon. It usually presents as abdominal pain and diarrhea. It is usually treated with immunosuppressive therapy (steroid, immunoglobulins and others). Acute flares are usually treated with steroid and patients will often require a different medication to try to keep it in remission. Long term there is an increased risk of Colon CA. ...Read more
Cramps diarrhea: Symptoms vary from patient to patient, but most have some sort of abdominal pain - usiually cramping and loose, frequent bowel movements. Sometimes fever, sometimes blood in the stool, frequently weight loss if the symptoms are bad enough. See your doctor because many of these symptoms are nonspecific. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Major surgery: Partial resection of the colon is a major operation that can be done open or laparoscopically. Usually it is a 2-4 hour operation associated with a 2-5 day stay in the hospital. Disorganized vowel function could keep you in longer. These major resection related risk is that the connection leaks, which happens infrequently, but can be a life threatening situation. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Gi suggested colonoscopy to check colon condition before switching from remicade (infliximab) to humira. Treated for uc. Had colonoscopy 2 yrs ago. Is this needed?
See below: Have a GI doctor who follows you regularly. Chronic disease as well as acute attacks are usually managed with medications. Avoid foods that make your symptoms worse as well as nsaids (e.g. Ibuprofen - they increase your risk of bleeding). You will need surveillance colonoscopies because ulcerative colitis increases risk of developing colon cancer. The disease can be cured by surgery (last resort). ...Read more
Good drug for some: Imuran (azathioprine) is a good drug for some types of patients. It is an immune suppressing drug and the drug concentrations in the blood stream need to be monitored. It is taken every day. It takes about 6 weeks to really start working so it is not a great drug to "rescue" you from a crohn's flare. It is best used as a maintenance medication (i.e. Maintaining remission). ...Read more
Medications: ? Re how treat Ulcerative Colitis, UC. See a Gastroenterologist who specializes in UC. If symptoms persist despite therapies, ask the doctor if he would approve of the use of Cannabis. Do not use if he disapproves, and see a Cannabis Medicinal Consultant if he does approve. I have treated UC patients who have reported benefit from Cannabis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Many holistic therapies have been tried for uc, some with success. It probably wouldn't hurt so give it a try. Give it a week or two, if no improvement, save your money. Usual rx is 5-asa compounds. See a good gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Have ulcerative colitis in sigmoid and ascending colon/cecum (just confirmed by colonoscopy). Will enema treat this (allergic to NSAIDs)?
Consider allergy ref: Thanks for your question. Depending on the NSAID allergy, sometimes it can be desensitized through introduction of small amounts initially, then gradual increase in dose under supervision by an allergy specialist. However, would discuss the side effects/risks/benefits with a specialist. ...Read more
I am assuming: Your colitis is in remission; anything you want that is generally healthy; many tho are more sensitive to dairy products so might be wise to avoid milk, ice cream, cheeses. If you are in flare a more bland diet with less fiber is best. Check with the doctor managing your colitis and meds. ...Read more
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
Please tell me, could amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis?
With supervision: The key is to have amitryptiline supervised by your doc. He/she will need to potentially monitor your heart rhythm and to counsel you against the potential side effects of the medication, which can include constipation, dry mouth, and dry eyes. However, if it is working, then it is potentially a good long-term medication. If it is not helping after 3 months, you should stop it. ...Read more
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