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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Most Popular Articles

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5 Causes of Mucus in Your Stool
Stool with visible mucus is a shock, but it is not necessarily a symptom of a serious condition. Should you call your doctor if you see mucus in your stool?
What Causes Your Stool to Be Black?
Black, tarry stools could be caused by an iron supplement or certain foods. But black stools that smell foul could be caused by bleeding. How can you tell the difference?
Why Your Poop is Green
Green stools are not necessarily a cause for alarm because the color could be caused by a food or a supplement. Find out what can cause a green bowel movement.
Is There Really Such a Thing as a 'Normal'...
There are gradations of normal bowel movements, and every person is going to have different bowel habits. What could a normal bowel movement be for you?
What Diseases Cause Pale Stool?
Stools that are pale or clay-colored may be caused by a problem in the biliary system. Find out what could cause a stool to be light or grey in color.
What Causes Orange Stools? You May Be Surprised
In most cases, orange stools are not a sign of a serious problem, but if the orange color can not be explained by your diet, it should be investigated by a physician.
Why Your White Blood Cell Count is So Important
A description of the normal range of a white blood cell (WBC) count test and why a physician might order this blood test.
Why Do Doctors Test for Red Blood Cell Count?
A red blood cell (RBC) count is an important test that can help your physician find out what's going on with your blood cells. Find out what a normal red blood cell count is for your age and sex, and why yours might be too low.
Your Quick Guide to Crohn's Disease
Learn about the symptoms, treatment, diet and prognosis for Crohn's disease, a form of IBD that can cause inflammation anywhere along the digestive tract.
Why Do Doctors Care about Hemoglobin Levels?
A hemoglobin level test is a blood test that provides information on how effective red blood cells are being in carrying oxygen to cells.
The Weirdest Side Effect of Pepto Bismol
Can taking the over-the-counter medication bismuth subsalicylates, such as Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate, cause your stool to turn black?
What Are The Symptoms Of Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a digestive disease that causes stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, and mucus in the stool.
What's Causing Your Green, Red, or Black Stool?
An unusual color to a bowel movement could be caused by a food or dietary supplement, but red, black, or green stools could also be a symptom of a serious disease or condition.
What You Should Know About Bowel Obstructions
While bowel obstructions can be a complication of digestive disease, such as Crohn's disease, they can happen to anyone. Learn about the symptoms of a partical or total bowel obstruction, as well as how it may be diagnosed and treated.
What Side Effects Can You Expect When Taking...
Prednisone is a steroid used to treat of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other conditions. Here you'll find a list of prednisone side effects.
How to Lose Weight Gained While Taking Prednisone
Prednisone weight gain is a familiar problem to anyone who has ever taken this corticosteroid drug. You may need a diet and fitness plan to lose those extra prednisone pounds.
What Are the Causes of Red or Black Stool?
If you see it in the toilet bowl, you may wonder what can cause red stool or black stool? One reason is blood, but the others may surprise you.
How to Prep Your Colon for a Colonoscopy
Worried about having a colonoscopy? It's said that the colonoscopy prep is worse than the procedure. Learn about commonly used colonoscopy preparations.
Think You Might Have Crohn's or Ulcerative...
Two forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) -- Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis -- have similar symptoms of pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding.
What You Should Know About IBD
An overview of the conditions (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment.
Fistulas 101: Learn How They're Diagnosed and...
Information about symptoms, treatment, and diagnosis of those pernicious fistulas that plague people with Crohn's Disease.
Why Do People Get Gas?
Learn more about the symptoms of gas in the digestive tract and the problems it can cause. Page 2.
What Can Cause Blood in the Stool?
The causes of bleeding from the rectum and blood in the stool range from the common and easily treatable to the more serious and chronic. Find out what could cause bleeding in the colon (large intestine) and what you should do about it.
How To Deal With Bloating And Gas Caused by...
Abdominal bloating can be caused by many conditions, but a common reason is gas in the intestine. If you want some relief from the bloating and gas, you might need to find out what's causing your bloating and how to treat it.
What Are The Symptoms And Causes Of Irritable...
Questions -- and answers -- to the most frequently asked questions about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and diet for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
What Not to Do While Prepping for a Colonoscopy
If you're preparing for a colonoscopy, you received a list of instructions from your physician for your colonoscopy prep. Find out some common mistakes people make while preparing for a colonoscopy.
10 Tips for Treating Skin Irritation from...
Skin irritated by diarrhea is difficult to treat. Here are some tips on how to reduce skin irritation, what foods to avoid, and what foods may help.
Taking Prednisone? Reduce Side Effects with...
Prednisone is a type of steroid that is used to treat inflammatory conditions. Read about the side effects of prednisone, and how they can be lessened.
Do You Know the Differences Between Crohn's and...
The differences between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two primary forms of IBD, can be difficult to understand. Diagnosing the form of IBD is important because while they share many symptoms, the two diseases are treated very differently.
What You Need To Know Before Taking Flagyl
The antibiotic Flagyl (metronidazole) is used to treat infections, and in some cases may be used in inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). Learn about the potential side effects and drug interactions of Flagyl.
Diarrhea Is An Uncomfortable Side Effect of...
Taking antibiotics for an infection might cause diarrhea, a common condition that is easily treated. Find out more about how antibiotics can cause diarrhea.
How to Diagnose and Treat Hemorroids
Hemorrhoids are enlarged, bulging blood vessels in and about the anus and lower rectum that may cause blood in the stool. Newer hemorrhoid treatments make some types of hemorrhoid removal much less painful.
Are Prednisone Side Effects Permanent?
Side effects from the steroid drug prednisone are common. At what dosage are side effects common, and will they reverse once the prednisone is stopped?
Foods That Cause Gas
Many people think that they have too much gas, and look to the foods that cause gas for answers about how to have less gas. Broccoli and beans are known for causing gas, but there are other foods that you may never suspect as being the cause of your gas and bloating.
Symptoms Of Cirrhosis
More information about the symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver, as well as the complications it can cause in other parts of the body. Page 2.
What You Should Know About Cipro
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) is used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or pouchitis. Get answers on side effects, use during pregnancy, and missed doses.
5 Foods to Avoid if You Have Diarrhea
Diarrhea usually goes away on its own. For some, like those who have IBD, some foods may even lead to diarrhea. Find out which foods may cause diarrhea.
What Is A Gastroenterologist?
A gastroenterologist is an internal medicine physician that specializes in the treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. How much training do these doctors have, and what conditions do they treat?
What to Do if Your Poop is Red
Blood in the stool may be caused by hemorrhoids, anal fissures, colon polyps or colon cancer, diverticular bleeding, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Top 4 Portable Toilets
The purchase of a portable toilet has been considered by many people with IBD who are frustrated with their inability to go very far from home. Read about a few of the portable toilets available.
Bowel Perforation
Bowel perforations are uncommon in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but a hole in the large or small intestine is an emergency.
What You Need to Know Before Taking Bentyl
Answers to frequently asked questions about Bentyl (dicyclomine), a drug used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, including dosage and other medical conditions which could contraindicate its use.
Are There Any Risks To Having A Colonoscopy?
A colonoscopy is generally a very safe procedure, but there is a low amount of risk. Learn about the potential complications and risks of a colonoscopy.
What Is Diverticular Disease (Diverticulosis...
Diverticulosis is common, affecting half of those over 60. Adding fiber to the diet is helpful, but diverticulitis might require antibiotics or surgery.
How Can You Get Rid Of Intestinal Gas?
Gas in the digestive tract can be uncomfortable, but it can also be embarrassing. How can you relieve gas through some simple movements, or even some exercise?
Why Do Beans Get Such A Bad Rep When It Comes...
Beans, or legumes, and other vegetables tend to cause intestinal gas. Learn why eating beans causes gas and how you can prevent it.
A Patient's Field Guide to Doctors
Who are those people in white coats that come through your hospital room with your physician? Are they doctors? Learn how to tell the difference between an intern and a resident.
Can A Sitz Bath Save Your Butt?
A sitz bath can provide relief from the discomfort from hemorrhoids, fistulas, anal fissures, or an episiotomy.
What Are Some Signs You May Have IBD?
The symptoms of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis differ from person to person, but there are some warning signals. What are some symptoms of IBD and what should you do if you experience them?
What You Need To Know About Colostomy Surgery
Learn about all the steps involved in colostomy surgery and how it can improve the lives of people who have digestive disease.
What to Expect Before, During, and After...
What can you expect in the days before colostomy surgery, and during the recovery phase? Who will help you adjust to your new ostomy? Page 2.
Symptoms and Treatment of Intestinal Gas
Gas in the intestinal tract is a normal part of digestion, but in some cases, excess gas can be inconvenient and uncomfortable. Find out what may cause your gas and how you can treat the symptoms of gas.
What Is Microscopic Colitis?
Microscopic colitis is a condition that mostly affects women, and it causes persistent watery diahrrea. Learn more about this form of colitis that is actually unrelated to Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
Can You Take Prednisone While Pregnant?
Taking medications during pregnancy is a reality for many women with IBD. What risks does taking prednisone during pregnancy have on an unborn child?
Does IBD Cause Anemia?
People with diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (IBD) may not absorb enough iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid, leading to anemia.
Smoking And Its Connection To IBD
Nicotine and IBD have a complex relationship. Smoking tends to worsen Crohn's disease, but not ulcerative colitis. What are the effects of nicotine on IBD?
Do You Know The Symptoms Of Crohn's Disease?
Crohn's disease symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stools, fever, lack of appetite, and passing mucus in the stool.
The Differences Between IBD and IBS
IBD symptoms can be similar to symptoms from several other digestive diseases or conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). How do physicians tell the difference between IBD and IBS?
Does Prednisone Cause Swelling In The Face And...
Prednisone has a host of side effects. Is swelling of the face (moon face) a prednisone side effect?
What Are The Symptoms Of IBS?
Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can include pain, diarrhea, bloating, and an urgent need to use the bathroom. Page 2.
Is Blood In The Stool Always A Symptom Of IBD?
Bleeding from the rectum is a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which is more common with ulcerative colitis than with Crohn's disease.
Strengthening Abdominal Muscles After Surgery
After surgery, you may want to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Once you're ready, start one of these workout routines to get your abs in shape.
Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)...
Abdominal pain is common in IBS, and is often treated with antispasmotics, antidepressants, and alternative therapies such as peppermint.
What Are The Stages of Colon and Rectal Cancer?
A description of the five stages of colon and rectal cancer, including treatments and statistics on five-year survival rates for each stage.
Complete Blood Cell (CBC) Count
A description of what tests are included in a complete blood cell (CBC) count, a test that can provide a variety of information to a physician.
Prednisone Frequently Asked Questions
Dosage, use during pregnancy, and side effect profile for prednisone, a drug that is commonly used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Could Doing These Things Make Your Irritable...
Avoiding potential triggers can help prevent a flare-up of IBS. You may be doing things that are worsening your IBS but do you know what they are?
Living With Prednisone
Prednisone is a corticosteroid drug that is commonly used to treat several auto-immune conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Learn how prednisone affects the body, and how you can lessen prednisone side effects.
Can I Drink Coffee Before A Colonoscopy?
If you're having a colonoscopy, you will receive instructions from your physician on how to prepare. If you're used to starting your day with a cup of coffee, is that possible the morning of your colonoscopy?
What You Need to Know About Irritable Bowel...
IBS is a common disorder that affects up to 20 percent of adults, but only half ever seek treatment. Learn about the symptoms of IBS and how it is treated.
Symptoms and Tests for Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer symptoms can occur late in the progress of the disease, which is why any change in bowel habits should be checked out by a doctor.
Is Colitis A Disease?
An explanation of the term colitis, which can refer to ulcerative colitis or several other conditions including Crohn's colitis, ischemic colitis, collagenous colitis, and lymphocytic colitis.
Librax Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about Librax (chlordiazepoxide clidinium), a drug used to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome, including dosage and other medical conditions which could contraindicate its use.
The Different Forms Of IBS
IBS is not just one condition, but rather has at least 3 distinct forms, each of which requires specific treatment. Which type of IBS do you have? Page 2.
Can Steroids (Such As Prednisone) Cause Acne?
Steroid drugs such as prednisone, which have many side effects, are often used to treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Can prednisone cause steroid acne?
Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis
Prednisone and other steroids are used to treat many conditions, but they may also cause serious side effects such as steroid-induced osteoporosis.
How Much Do You Know About Prednisone? Take The...
Prednisone is a drug that is often used to treat Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory or autoimmune diseases. Use this quiz to find out how much you know about the side effects and adverse effects of prednisone.
Top 10 Myths About Irritable Bowel Syndrome
There are many myths that surround irritable bowel syndrome. Learn the truth about some of things you may have heard.
Do I Need A Gastroenterologist?
When you find yourself with new symptoms, you may wonder if you need a specialist physician. Find out if you need a gastroenterologist for your digestive symptoms.
Arthritis And Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Painful joints could mean more than just normal aches and pains for people who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Learn about the types of arthritis that are most common in people with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Cirrhosis of the Liver
You cannot live without a functioning liver. Cirrhosis has many causes. In the United States, chronic alcoholism and hepatitis C are the most common causes.
What Is The Treatment For Diverticulosis?
Treatment for diverticulosis often means adding fiber to the diet. Diverticulitis might be treated with antibiotics, or in some cases, with colectomy surgery. Page 2.
IBD And Loss of Appetite
Eating well when you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is difficult, and most people report diet problems. Learn how to combat a lack of appetite.
Can An Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) Find...
A fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is used to screen the stool for blood that can not be seen with the naked eye (called occult blood).
Could Your Diet Give You A Stomach Ulcer?
Are stomach ulcers caused by stress and spicy food? Many people believe this to be true, but the true cause of peptic ulcers can not be treated by a change in diet.
Prescription Drugs For IBS
Information about the types of prescription drugs that are frequently prescribed in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Page 3.
Toxic Megacolon
Toxic megacolon is a rare, but potentially lethal, complication of severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Learn why this condition may occur and how it is treated.
Treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Several types of drugs are used in treating Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and surgery is typically only used after medical options have failed.
Eating Your Way Through IBS
There is no diet for everyone who has irritable bowel syndrome, but there are some eating guidelines that may help alleviate the symptoms.
Resection Surgery for Crohn's Disease
During resection surgery for Crohn's disease, the diseased portion of the intestine is removed, and the two healthy ends are reattached.
Do You Have These Symptoms Of Ulcerative Colitis?
The symptoms of ulcerative colitis can include diarrhea and blood or mucus in the stool, but also pain, fever, lack of appetite.
Normal And Abnormal Bowel Movement Videos
What is a normal bowel movement? What does a black or a green bowel movement indicate? Learn answers to these questions and more in these videos about bowel movements.
Treatments for Cirrhosis
More information about the treatments for cirrhosis of the liver and resulting complications including hypertension, edema, ascites, and itching. Page 3.
Prednisone and other steroids may be beneficial for the treatment of many inflammatory conditions, but they may also cause serious and permanent side effects, such as cataracts.
What Are Gallstones?
Gallstones are formed when liquid, called bile, that is stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-like material.
The Difference Between Crohn's Disease and...
Test Your Knowledge of IBD From Amber J. Tresca ,Your Guide to Inflammatory Bowel Disease .FREE Newsletter.
Before You Buy Fiber Supplements
Fiber supplements may be prescribed for digestive conditions such as IBD and IBS from time to time. How do you choose the fiber supplement which is right for you?
The Rome Criteria for IBS
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How To Use an Enema
An enema may be used for several purposes, including in preparation for a colonoscopy, surgery, giving birth, or for constipation or fecal impaction.
Effects of Drinking Alcohol on IBD
Does having an alcoholic drink worsen the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? Find out about the effects drinking has on IBD.
How To Change an Ostomy Appliance
Changing your ostomy bag isn't as hard as it may seem! Here is a list of steps and some tips to changing your appliance without worry.
What is Lactose Intolerance?
Symptoms of gas, bloating, and diarrhea that occur after eating milk products could be due to lactose intolerance, the most common condition in the world.
Diet And Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
How does diet affect symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and other symptoms of IBS are affected by dietary choices. Page 4.
What Foods Are OK to Eat After J-pouch Surgery?
What is a practical diet for a person with a j-pouch? Find out which foods can cause diarrhea or skin irritation and which foods may cause bowel obstructions.
Mouth Ulcers (Aphthous Stomatitis)
Some people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may experience various extra-intestinal symptoms along with their GI symptoms. One of these is aphthous stomatitis, or canker sores, which are small ulcers in the mouth.
What Can Using Enemas Do To Your Intestines?
Many people think they must have a bowel movement every day, and turn to enemas or laxatives. However, enemas are not harmless, and using them to treat constipation does have risks.
Does IBD Cause Night Sweats?
Night sweats can be a real problem for people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and can be caused by fevers or be a side effects of some medications.
Tips For Preparing For Your Colonoscopy
Preparing for a colonoscopy can be a challenge. Here are nine tips, supplied by those who've been through it, on how to make your prep a little easier.
How IBD is Diagnosed
When a patient sees the doctor with symptoms that may point to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a series of tests are used to make the diagnosis. These tests can range from simple blood tests, to more invasive endoscopic procedures such as colonoscopy.
Maurice Gibb Dies at 53
Maurice Gibb, a member of the popular 1970s pop group the Bee Gees, dies from complications of a bowel obstruction at the age of 53.
J-Pouch Surgery: What You Need to Know
A j-pouch, or ileal pouch reconstruction, is a surgery that is used for ulcerative colitis patients, and is usually completed in two steps.
Medical Diets and IBD
Descriptions for clear liquid, full liquid, lactose free, and low fiber diets used for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or abdominal surgery.
The Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Fibromyalgia...
As many as 60% of IBS patients suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and as many as 70% of FMS patients report symptoms of IBS. Could there be a common cause for the two conditions?
Side Effects of Flagyl (Metronidazole)
A list of the side effects of Flagyl (Metronidazole), a medication that is used in the treatment of infections and certain diseases such as inflammatory bowel bisease (IBD).
Why IBD Causes Fatigue
Having fatigue or feeling tired is almost universal, but it can also be a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Learn why ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease can make you feel tired and what you can do about it.
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) Side Effects
The side effects of Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), an antibiotic that is used to treat infections, as well as pouchitis or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Dealing With Diarrhea from IBS
Many people with IBS have intermittent bouts of diarrhea. Learn how to prevent it in the first place, and deal with it when it does happen.
Your Digestive System and How it Works
Digestion is important to break food into a form the body can use for energy. Learn about your digestive system and how it works.
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Find out exactly what irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is, what causes it, how it's diagnosed, and which treatments are effective.
What's Causing Your Constipation, And How To...
Learn more about the causes, treatment, and prevention of constipation, as well as when to see a doctor for hard stools.
The Clear Liquid Diet
A clear liquid diet may be recommended after abdominal surgery, when preparing for a test (like a colonoscopy
Are There Different Types Of Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis has different forms, depending on how much, and which part, of the colon is inflamed. Treatment also differs between the different types of disease.
Polyps in the colon increase the risk of developing colon cancer when they are left untreated. Learn how polyps cause cancer, who is at risk, and what you can do about them.
What to Expect During a Colonoscopy
What to expect during a colonoscopy, which is a test that is commonly used to diagnose diseases and conditions in the colon and rectum.
I Have a Colostomy and There is Some Discharge...
I have a colostomy and there is some discharge from my rectum. Is this normal, and what can I do about leaks?
Foods to Eat and Avoid With IBD
Food doesn't cause inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but during a flare-up, certain foods may exacerbate symptoms. What is the diet for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?
What You Need To Know About Lomotil (Atropine...
Answers to frequently asked questions about Lomotil, an anti-diarrheal drug, including dosage and other medical conditions which could contraindicate its use.
What You Need To Know About Methotrexate...
Answers to frequently asked questions about the drug Methotrexate (Rheumatrex) including side effects, drug interactions and use during pregnancy.
What Does IBD Pain Feel Like?
IBD pain is variable and dependent upon IBD type as well as location of inflammation. Learn more about the type of abdominal pain that IBD can cause.
A definition of stool, which is the waste material that leaves the body through the rectum as a bowel movement.
Top 10 Things You Should Know About Ulcerative...
There's so much to learn about ulcerative colitis, it can sometimes feel like you'll never be able to take it all in. In a nutshell, here are 10 things that you should know about ulcerative colitis--for your health, or that of someone you love.
Symptoms of Gallstones
Gallstones are formed when liquid, called bile, that is stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-like material. Page 2.
What Is An Abdominal Computed Tomography (CT)...
An abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan can be used to diagnose and monitor inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
How Does Diet Affect IBS?
Diet -- what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat, can have a significant effect in the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Page 4.
Can Inflammatory Bowel Disease Be Fatal?
Is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) fatal? Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic digestive conditions that can have serious complications, but can they actually kill you?
What to Do When You Can't Afford Your Medication
For many people, affording medications is a difficult hurdle to overcome. New medications are expensive and may not be covered by insurance. Fortunately, there is hope when you can't afford your drugs.
What Is The Treatment For IBS?
Treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) often include medication, a change in diet, and effective stress management. Page 3.
What You Need To Know About Remicade (Infliximab)
Remicade (infliximab) is a drug that is used to treat several autoimmune conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Find answers to common questions about Remicade, including how it is given, who can receive it, and common side effects.
Which Antibiotics Can Cause Diarrhea?
Antibiotics taken for an infection may have an unintended effect. Antibiotics may disrupt the balance in the colon, and result in diarrhea or loose stools.
Lack Of Sex Drive With IBD
You're not alone; inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can lead to a lack of sex drive, but you don't have to accept this side effect: You can help yourself.
What's It Like To Have A J-Pouch?
What's it like to have j-pouch surgery to treat ulcerative colitis? A former colitis patient with a j-pouch shares her experiences.
A granuloma is a mass of inflamed tissue found in the intestine which is associated with Crohn's disease.
Crohn's Disease
Crohn's disease is an incurable chronic disease of the intestinal tract that can cause pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and bleeding.
10 Tips for Recovering From Abdominal Surgery
Abdominal surgery is common for people who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Use these tips for recovering safely and quickly from abdominal surgery.
How Is Lactose Intolerance Diagnosed?
Many people experience symptoms of gas, bloating, and diarrhea after eating dairy products, which could be symptoms of lactose intolerance. Page 2.
Colon Cancer and IBD
People with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease (collectively known as IBD) are at greater risk for colon cancer than the general population. Do you know what your risk is?
Can Ibuprofen Cause Your IBD To Flare?
Could pain medications, known as NSAIDs, have a serious and harmful effect on people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? Learn more.
Stool Culture
When gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea do not resolve on their own, a stool culture may be used to identify any harmful bacteria that are causing the symptoms.
What If You Could Prevent Colon Cancer...
Polyps are a significant risk factor for colon cancer. After a polyp is removed, such as during a colonoscopy, it is no longer a risk factor.
Diseases That May Cause Constipation
Constipation is a common side effect of several different diseases, including some that are non-digestive related. Could your constipation be related to a different condition you have? Page 2.

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