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What Is Collitis
Maybe gluten-free: Microscopic colitis is a chronic, inflammatory condition of the colon (large intestine) that causes watery diarrhea and sometimes abdominal pains. Some people benefit from a gluten-free diet, which is the diet followed by people with celiac disease. A gastroenterologist can help evaluate and see if a gluten-free diet would help. ...Read more
Complex: There are potentially hundreds of genes that all contribute small amounts the the susceptibility to ulcerative colitis. Additionally there are environmental factors, including possibly the population of bacteria that live in your gut. We know that smoking may be protective against uc. This is not an endorsement to smoke however.The bottom line is that we still don't fully understand all the causes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: Bleeding, perforation (hole in the colon), toxic colitis, mega colon, severe diarrhea causing dehydration, and malignancy. If the disease is greater than 10 yrs and diffuse compared to segmental, the chances of malignancy are higher. These pts require frequent colonoscopies. Its very important to follow up with your GI doctor on a regular basis. ...Read more
Avoid Toxic foods: Avoid sugars, fried foods, vegatable oils like canola & soy, meats that are cured wth nitrates & nitrites, aspartame, splenda, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, maragarine, soy based products, sweetened beverages like juice & soda, microwaved foods, artificial colors & flavors. All of these products cause damage to the cells, tissues & organs in your body contributing to various diseases. ...Read more
Depends on severity: Ulcerative colitis in an autoimmune disease. Treatment may include medication such as immune suppressants and/or steroids either short term or long term. Some cases respond positively to diet changes. Severe cases may require colon surgery. This is not a disease that can currently be cured, but is one that usually can be successfully managed. ...Read more
My mom has ulcerative collitis.. Any alternative meds for her? The prescribed ones don't help for long at all
I have ulcerative collitis for 17 years. Currently on medication for uc and sacroilitis . What could cause weakness and tremblling of the body?
Talk to your Doctor: The symptoms you are describing a very nonspecific and its difficult to make any educated guesses. With that said, given that you are taking medications (i presume immunosuppressants) for ulcerative colitis, that first thing I am concerned about is infection. For that reason, and especially because of the chance that your immune system might be suppressed i would recommend seeing doctor soon! ...Read more
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