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Ulcerative colitis can seem like it's another digestive disease because of its symptoms. A diagnosis involves several tests and exams. Watch this to learn about the process of receiving an ulcerative colitis diagnosis.
Transcript: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stool, fatigue are common symptoms of the Inflammatory Bowel DISEASE...
Abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stool, fatigue are common symptoms of the Inflammatory Bowel DISEASE called ulcerative colitis. But some are similar to symptoms of other gastrointestinal disorders, such as Irritable Bowel SYNDROME, so that it's difficult to make a diagnosis without putting you through some tests. You should make an appointment with a gastroenterologist, who will ask about your symptoms, medical and family history, your DIET, and lifestyle. Next, the doctor will order blood tests to measure your white blood cell count to see if it's high, that may indicate inflammation and also to measure if you are anemic which can indicate you have intestinal bleeding. Next, you'll give a STOOL sample so it can be examined for signs of bleeding or an infection. If your stool has evidence of a bacterial or viral infection or a parasitic infestation, these will need to be treated first . In addition, you may have to undergo a sigmoidoscopy, which examines the rectum and lower colon, or a colonoscopy, which looks at the ENTIRE colon. During these procedures the doctor may see ulcerations and will take a BIOPSY .The results of these tests plus your symptoms will allow the doctor to diagnose ulcerative colitis. Then you'll be able to make the lifestyle changes and take the medications that will help you control your disease and symptoms. To learn more about ulcerative colitis, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-23 | Tags »
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Certain triggers can worsen Crohn's disease. Watch this to learn more about the most common Crohn's disease triggers.
Transcript: Crohn's disease triggers vary from person to person. However, the following are frequently cited causes...
Crohn's disease triggers vary from person to person. However, the following are frequently cited causes of aggravated inflammation: --Emotional stress --Large meals --Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs -- High-fiber diets, including fresh fruits and greens --Dairy products --Greasy foods --Foods that cause gas, such as broccoli, popcorn, and beans --Coffee, soda, and alcohol --Hot spices. Smoking may also make Crohn's symptoms more severe. And smokers may also be more likely to need surgery for Crohn's disease. Learning what your triggers are can help you learn to make lifestyle changes that will help you manage your inflammatory bowel disease. To learn more about controlling your Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, watch more videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-12-17 | Tags »
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Enjoying the company of friends and family while coping with inflammatory bowel disease can be stressful because of the risk of accidents. But it is possible to have a social lifew ith IBD. Get advice now.
Transcript: Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease can cause diarrhea and feelings of intense urgency...which...
Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease can cause diarrhea and feelings of intense urgency...which can be both uncomfortable AND embarrassing. Especially in social situations. But sitting home is not the answer - it's important to have and maintain a good social life!. So let's talk about how to have a HAPPY social life with IBD. If IBD is leading towards feelings of low self-esteem and self-image, a support group or sessions with a psychotherapist could be helpful. At a support group, you can meet people who will share ADVICE on how THEY deal with the disease in the real world. A therapist can help you handle your individual emotions in a PRODUCTIVE, healthy way. Now, back to your social life with IBD, and tips for going out with friends. First, identify when your symptoms are at their worst, and IF POSSIBLE avoid planning events during those times. Next, if you can, stick with locations where you know there will be available-and comfortable-bathrooms. Take an emergency kit with you that contains toilet paper, extra underwear, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, and whatever else you may need in case of an unexpected incident. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America offers something called a "Can't Wait" Card that you can flash if there is a long line for the restroom or if an establishment won't let you use the toilet without buying something. This next step may seem embarrassing, but it's important that you tell trusted friends about your condition. It will help explain any embarrassing issues you may have, and allow your friends to help you if needed. And, imagine the stress and anxiety relief you'll feel once you don't have to hide your issues. Also, if you're concerned about your workplace or a college living situation, there are many laws and policies in place that have been created to accommodate you and people with other chronic diseases. Talk to your employer or resident's assistant to learn more. And watch other videos in this series to learn more about coping with IBD.More »
Last Modified: 2013-12-17 | Tags »
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