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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Staying Connected When You Have UC

    A network of supportive people can help you deal with a long-term illness such as ulcerative colitis. But a simple thing like hanging out with friends may seem like a big challenge, given the embarrassment and stress your UC symptoms can cause. And what about intimacy? Fortunately, even when you are

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  5. A Guide for New Parents With Ulcerative Colitis

    Ulcerative colitis 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 horr

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  6. Ulcerative Colitis and Your Job

    When your ulcerative colitis is in remission, your bathroom habits won't draw attention to you at work. It's when flares start that you may feel like all eyes are on you. You might suddenly have to stop what you're doing and run to the bathroom -- a lot. That can be especially inconvenient if you ke

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  7. How to Help Your Doctor Manage Your UC

    The key to successfully living with ulcerative colitis (UC) is a close partnership with your doctor. From remission to flare, your doctor should be there. That's because of the chronic nature of UC, says Thomas Cataldo, MD. He's a staff surgeon in colon and rectal surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Me

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  8. Take Control of Ulcerative Colitis Flares

    Calming flares when they happen is an important part of your treatment. But you should also work closely with your doctor to keep your ulcerative colitis (UC) in remission, so flares become rare, says Leyla J. Ghazi. She's a gastroenterologist who specializes in inflammatory bowel disease at the Uni

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  9. Foods That Fight Heartburn

    You've heard about the foods that can make your heartburn worse, from coffee to chocolate to tomatoes. But what about foods that could make your heartburn better? Check out some key eats you should add to your diet. When acid and other liquids in your stomach back up into your esophagus, you get hea

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  10. Relieve Heartburn: 9 Hints for the Holidays

    Nearly one in five Americans needs frequent relief from heartburn. If you're among them, you're probably looking forward to the holidays with a mixture of anticipation and queasiness. The six weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day often turn into a caloric free-for-all, and holiday menus are load

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