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How inflammatory bowel disease affect you?

IBD is systemic. Inflammatory bowel disease runs a spectrum from ulcerative colitis (inflammation of inside lining of colon) to crohn's (full-thickness inflammation that can involve any part of gut from mouth to anus). Almost any organ system can be affected, pregnancies are at risk, & there is a high prevalence of cancer development and need for chronic treatment &/or surgical management. Also, genetic proclivity.

Can inflammatory bowel disease affect your sex life?

Not really. Ibd should not affect your routine sex life but can have an impact during a 'flare-up'.
Yes. Certainly if you don't feel well, have pain, diarrhea, bleeding can put a damper on sex life. Fistulas (abnormal connection between loop of bowel and something else-bowel, bladder, vagina, outside world) definitely can affect sex life. Meds like steroids can affect. Sulfasalazine can decrease sperm count. Ostomies can be a challenge.

How does inflammatory bowel disease affect eyes?

Inflammation. Inflammatory conditions tend to run together so inflammatory bowel disease is associated with inflammatory conditions in other parts of the body including the eyes. In the eyes, uveitis is most common inflammatory manifestation but scleritis is also known to occur as well. Google these terms to read about them.

Does inflammatory bowel disease affect your eyes?

It can. Can cause iritis, an inflammation of the eye, rarely scleritis, a dangerous inflammation of the sclera (white of eye) or marginal keratitis, of the cornea.
It can. More often than chron's. See an eye md, gi, pcp, rheum, regularly.
Yes. All the seronegative spondyloarthropathies can cause eye problems. This includes ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, reiter's syndrome, enteropathic arthritis. All can cause uveitis or iritis. This can lead to anterior chamber glaucoma. All can cause conjuctivitis, which can be mistaken with allergy or infection. These illness are associated with cryptic or overt crohn's or enteritis.
It may. If are having any symptoms let your md know as a formal optho eval might be necessary.

How can I treat inflammatory bowel disease?

Various medication. The two most common inflammatory bowel disease are ulcerative colitis and crohns disease. After diagnosis by your GI doctor, you will be recommended to take Asacol (mesalamine) or its variants and may require steroids and some higher order anti-inflammatories. Do not take Aspirin or nsaids which can worsen the problem. These are chronic diseases which flare up and down.
Medical. Meical therapy by a gastroenterologist.
Medications. Variety of medications that will try to down regulate the inappropriate immune response found in ibd. Mesalamine (ie 5asa) products are a mainstay for uc and crohn's colitis. Other medications include immunosuppresant agents such as 6mp, immuran as well as biologic agents such as remicdae or humira (adalimumab). Steroids such as Prednisone are used in severe flares, but a not a long term option.

How would I know if I had inflammatory bowel disease?

Sometimes it is. Difficult for doctors, even specialists, to determine if you have it or not. So it would be even more difficult for you to figure out on your own. Typical symptoms of crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis would be unexplained abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fevers, weight loss. It is unpredicatable. Go see a GI specialist.
Common symptoms. Include abdominal pain/cramping, bloody mucoid stool, diarrhea, fever, weight loss, anemia etc. Most common examples of ibd are crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Cause is unknown, but certain environmental and genetic factors can contribute to the illness. U can check the link below for more info.

I was just wondering how bad is inflammatory bowel disease?

Varies with each. Case and whether it is ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease. Confer with your GI specialist for your individual case.

Can changing what I eat help control inflammatory bowel disease?

With flares, but... Ulcerative colitis involves inflammation of the colonic mucosal surface, so colectomy (removal of the colon) is curative for it. Crohn's disease however is a transmural (full-thickness) inflammation of any part of the GI tract (from mouth to anus). Crohn's is not curable, but it is controllable with medications (see my previous healthtap answer regarding "step up" versus "top down" treatments.
Yes. Sugar and oil aggravates symptoms. Make sure you substitute sugar with honey, oil from vegetable or canola to olive or coconut oil. Daily take phosphatidyl choline, galactan and devil's claw will heal gut.
It may help. With symptoms especially during flares but unlikely to change the course of disease. The exception is severe cases of cd where elemental diets may help induce remission.

I'm concerned. What symptoms go with inflammatory bowel disease?

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.
Variable. Multiple loose watery stools, often with blood up to7-15 times per day, loss of appetite, diffuse abdominal pain, weight loss that was not intentional, fever. If in doubt see either a colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist.