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  1. 10 Tips for When Your Meds Trigger Heartburn

    If you take any prescription or over-the-counter medications, you may have side effects. And one of them can be heartburn -- that burning in your chest or throat that happens when acid flows up from your stomach. Don’t assume you’ll just have to live with it. Make a list of all the medications you t

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  2. Lactose: How Much Can You Take?

    If your doctor just broke the news that you're lactose intolerant, it doesn't mean you'll never get to savor another bite of ice cream. At first, many people fear they'll have to give up all dairy products, says Dee Sandquist, RD, a dietitian in Fairfield, Iowa. But with some trial and error, most p

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  3. Lactose-Free Recipes for Your Favorite Dishes

    You can still enjoy tasty dishes, even if you don’t digest lactose well. For a delicious change of pace, try these lactose-free entree and snack recipes.

  4. Why Tobacco Use May Make Heartburn Worse

    You’ve cut out the pizza and chili dogs, lost weight, and raised the head of your bed. But your heartburn just won’t go away. Before you reach for a new bottle of antacids, you can do one more thing that might help: Quit smoking. A large study found that smokers were much more likely than nonsmokers

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  5. Feeling Good About Your Body When You Have Crohn's

    Crohn's disease can take a toll on your body image, confidence, and comfort. But it doesn't have to. “It is possible to have a good body image with Crohn’s disease," says Sara Ringer, "but it’s something you have to continually put effort into.” Ringer, who's in her early 30s, has gotten medical car

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  6. Treatment Options for Crohn's Disease

    Living with Crohn's disease today means having more options to treat it than ever before. Your doctor will tailor your treatment just for you. Your treatment plan will depend partly on where and how severe your Crohn's is and whether it is causing other health problems. It may involve more than one

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  7. Crohn's Disease: Diet and Nutrition

    Diet does not cause Crohn's disease. But pay attention to what you eat, because it can help you control your symptoms. Cutting out some foods may help, especially during a flare. Still, you want to make sure you eat a variety of healthy foods. "At this point, we don't have an ideal diet for Crohn's.

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  8. Surgery for Crohn’s Disease

    Surgery for Crohn's disease can change your life. "Surgery gets rid of the diseased bowel," says surgeon Jon Vogel, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic. It can help you eat and drink without pain. You may also be able to stop taking Crohn's drugs, at least for a while. Almost 3 out of 4 people with Crohn's

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  9. Taking a Biologic for Crohn's Disease: Risks and Benefits

    Biologics are a class of drugs that can relieve your Crohn's symptoms and keep you in remission. Your doctor may prescribe them if you have moderate to severe Crohn's that doesn't respond to other treatments. As with all drugs, you need to weigh the risks and benefits. Because they suppress the immu

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  10. Avoid Common Mistakes When You Have Crohn's

    Sometimes your best ally in preventing flare-ups from Crohn's disease is common sense. Avoid these key errors to keep Crohn's at bay. Crohn's is a complicated disease, and the treatments are always changing. Your best bet is to get treated by an experienced gastroenterologist. That's a doctor who sp

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