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What would happen if you have untreated colitis?

What would happen if you have untreated colitis?

Many things: I assume you are referring to ulcerative colitis. The main concern about active ulcerative colitis is the development of colon cancer. If you have uc, you need to be followed closely by a gastroenterologist with yearly colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What happens if ulcerative colitis/proctitis is left untreated?

What happens if ulcerative colitis/proctitis is left untreated?

Ulcerative Colitis: Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease of the colon. Symptoms include diarrhea, bloody stools, abdominal pains and more. If left untreated these symptoms go unchecked. It can lead to anemia, weight loss and malnutrition. Long standing UC can increase the risk of colon cancer and other symptoms outside of the intestines. ...Read more

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I do not have health insurance, I have ulcerative colitis-untreated and am in a flare up, what can I do?

I do not have health insurance, I have ulcerative colitis-untreated and am in a flare up, what can I do?

serious condition: Uc is serious; stress makes it worse.Definitely avoid gluten ; dairy products as these may aggravate inflammation.Take large doses of probiotics (you can't get too much.)nutrition is important, so don't skip eating.Some find a bland diet helps.Find a way to get health insurance (to control inflammation ; prevent serious side effects of the disease.)repeated uc flares can lead to colon cancer. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of untreated colitis? What treatment will help ease the pain and symptoms the quickest? Thanks!

Cancer: Ulcerative colitis increases risk for colon cancer as well as other systemic diseases. Depending on severity treatment may be mild or very involved, your gastrointestinal specialist can help answer the question in treatment, Over the counter meds have disappointing results and stay away from ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil and aspirin as they may worsen it. ...Read more

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Colitis untreated now I'm very sore on my gallbladder quite ill unusual bruising weight loss is it cancer?

Colitis untreated now I'm very sore on my gallbladder quite ill unusual bruising weight loss is it cancer?

No , may be.: You have enough reason for your symptoms without the need to go to cancer. The untreated colitis is enough to cause all of your symptoms. Go and see your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment and for a good peace of mind. There is no way that anybody that could tell you for certain that you do not have cancer , but the odds are in your favors ...Read more

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What can happen if i don't get my colitis treated?

What can happen if i don't get my colitis treated?

Not sure: It depends on the type of colitis. Ulerative colitis does have a long term risk of colon cancer. See a gastroenterologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Will colitis flare up stop me from going on my vacation?

Will colitis flare up stop me from going on my vacation?

Depends: You need to discuss an optimal regimen with your managing doctor. If your vacation is a continuous search for the nearest bathroom, you will be frustrated and angry (not good for colitis). Hopefully you can find a combination of medications which will allow lengthy intervals between bathroom trips. ...Read more

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Long term implications of ongoing diversion colitis? Going on 2 yrs.

Surgical diversion: I am not a surgeon, but it would seem reasonable to consider undoing the diversion if possible, to reduce the colitis. Long term implication would be a long-term need for a colostomy if things go southwards in terms of health. You need to discuss this in serious terms with your surgeon ...Read more

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Does a person with colitis usually always have an urge to go but nothing comes or does the feeling come and go?

Does a person with colitis usually always have an urge to go but nothing comes or does the feeling come and go?

Active colitis: of the rectum especially can cause tenesmus, the urge to go but nothing coming out. This is one of the clinical symptoms to know if your colitis is in control or not. ...Read more

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Can people die under going colitis surgery?

Well,technically yes: ..But that would be fantastically rare. Especially in a non-emergent situation, removal of all or part of the colon should not be that taxing, and the risks of surgical demise would be minuscule. Now, in the extreme elderly or in folks with multiple co-morbidities, or an emergent situation, such as toxic megacolon, the risk of death would be higher , but still low. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does colitis always cause rectum pain or does it come and go?

Does colitis always cause rectum pain or does it come and go?

Not always: Colitis can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stools and sometimes rectal pain. what other symptoms do you have? Typically it persists for period of time i.e. not intermittent. ...Read more

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Found out 5 months ago that I have colitis and wanted to no can it make you go to bathroom a lot and can it be dangerous?

Found out 5 months ago that I have colitis and wanted to no can it make you go to bathroom a lot and can it be dangerous?

Yes, colitis can: Make you go to the bathroom a lot. It is not dangerous when treated properly. You may become weak or dehydrated so stay w/your doc and get help. Diagnostechs lab does specialty testing for this condition. Your doc may not know about this lab but you can look it up on the net and ask him/her. There are natural treatments also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's and/or colitis go undetected in colonoscopies?

Yes and no: It would be very unlikely. to not detect a colitis on colonoscopy, but Crohn,s disease can just affect the small intestine out of view, but other studies can pick it up. Discuss with the Gastroenterologist who performed the colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What happens when you ignore ulcerative colitis?

Ignoring: Ignoring colitis is not a good idea. It may progress, become refractory to medication, and require surgical removal of the colon (colectomy). Uncontrolled inflammation over time can also increase your risk of developing colon cancer. ...Read more

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Is colitis painful?

Usually but depends: Colitis is a general term, and there are many different types. Pain is a common symptom in many of them. ...Read more

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