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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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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 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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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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What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative Colitis: UC is a autoimmune type disease in which there is an inflammatory response against the patients own cells of the colon. Common symptoms include pain, bloody diarrhea, weight loss and can lead to colon cancer. The disease requires treatment with medication and can also end up needing to be treated with surgery. ...Read more

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What are/is ulcerative colitis?

Inflammatory : Condition of unknown cause that causes cramps, diarrhea sometimes bloody, and GI absorption problems. Treatment requires anti-inflammatory drugs and sometimes even surgery. Complicated issue that is impossible to discuss in limited space here. ...Read more

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What is done for ulcerative colitis?

What is done for ulcerative colitis?

Medications surgery: The mainstay of treatment is medical, however a small proportion of very sick patients end up needing a colectomy (removal of the colon). Medication regimen inlcudes a Mesalamine product (such as asacol), immunosuppresants (6mp, immuran), biologic agents (remicade, humira). Prednisone is used as little as possible and only to control acute flares. ...Read more

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How to deal with ulcerative colitis?

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 more

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What are ulcerative colitis symptoms?

Diarrhea: The most common symptoms include diarrhea, hematochezia (blood per rectum) and abdominal pain / cramps. Less common symptoms include constipation, tenesmus, fever, mucus per rectum and weight loss. ...Read more

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How is ulcerative colitis diagnosed?

Symptoms and : Via colonoscopy. Biopsies will be taken during the procedure and interpretation by a pathologist and may show characteristics of ulcerative colitis. Some additional lab work or imaging may be done as well. ...Read more

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How can ulcerative colitis be treated?

How can ulcerative colitis be treated?

Ulcerative colitis: Initial treatment of ulcerative colitis involves medications similar to Aspirin which work to reduce the inflammation of the colon. For acute episodes steroids may also be used. For patients who do not respond to medical treatment or develop intestinal obstruction, rupture, uncontrollable bleeding, or severe infection, surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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What are tests for ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis can be relatively easy to diagnose because it normally affects only the colon and rectum and usually causes an obvious change in daily bowel habits, such as frequent stools containing blood or mucus. Your doctor will conduct a medical history and physical exam before doing other tests. ...Read more

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How can you die for ulcerative colitis?

How can you die for ulcerative colitis?

Rare: As stated already, it's actually rare to die directly from uc. The main cause of death that can be tied to uc would be cancer. Many decades of inflammation can lead to bowel cancers. Also, medications from uc are associated with a risk of lymphoma. Even if you get cancer, it may not cause death. Some of these cancers are treatable with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. ...Read more

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Can whipworms treat ulcerative colitis?

Ongoing research: There is a lot of promising data that looks at whip worms but also other living organisms like bacteria in making a difference in ulcerative colitis and crohn's disease. The data are still preliminary in my mind and are not ready for prime time, mostly because we do not fully understand the biology behind why they help people. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ulcerative colitis?

Bloody diarrhea: Symptoms can vary widely. They can include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, weight loss, rectal urgency and generalized malaise. This can be a difficult diagnosis to make. You need a colonoscopy and biopsies to make the diagnosis. If you are having these symptoms please see your physician. ...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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Would serovera help ulcerative colitis?

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

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Is it likely I have ulcerative colitis?

I assume: you are having bloody diarrhea? There are various other causes besides ulcerative colitis. No way to tell based on limited info. Best course is to see a gastroenterologist for further evaluation. If this is acute bloody diarrhea, go to the ER. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more