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  1. How to Help Your Doctor Manage Your UC

    The key to control of your ulcerative colitis (UC) is a close partnership with your doctor. That's because of the long-lasting nature of UC. Its symptoms come and go, making it what doctors call a relapse-and-remitting condition. You and your doctor need to communicate well through it all. "UC can b

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  2. A Guide for New Parents With Ulcerative Colitis

    Ulcerative colitis (UC) has been a part of Jennifer Guarnaccia's life since she was 13. For the last 4 years, the 28-year-old mom has had on-and-off symptom flares. Her most common problems: stomach cramps, fatigue, mouth sores, and diarrhea. "Some days I feel great. But more than half the time it's

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  3. Stay Connected When You Have UC

    A network of supportive people can help you deal with a long-term illness such as ulcerative colitis (UC). But a simple thing like hanging out with friends may seem like a big challenge when you’re battling diarrhea and other symptoms. And what about intimacy? Fortunately, even when you aren't feeli

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  4. Lactose-Free Milk and Nondairy Beverages

    Does milk upset your stomach? You could be lactose intolerant.  But even if you are, you can probably still enjoy light coffee and creamy desserts without discomfort. Here's how. Dairy products are high in calcium, protein, and other nutrients. You may still be able to get these nutrients from dairy

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  5. 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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  6. 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.

  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Treating Crohn’s: Choosing the Right Biologic

    If your doctor has talked about using biologic drugs to treat your Crohn's disease, you want to learn as much as you can about them. This guide to biologics includes some questions to ask your doctor and yourself. Use it to help you choose the treatment that's right for you. Unlike some Crohn's drug

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