One of the keys to handling your ulcerative colitis (UC) is a strong partnership with your medical team. It’s a long-lasting, complicated disease. Your symptoms will flare up, then wane. You’ll want to keep your doctor in the loop to help you manage it.
Good communication helps a lot. So be open abo
Everyone needs people they can count on. That’s especially true when you have a long-term condition such as ulcerative colitis (UC). Your “squad” of friends, family, and loved ones can make your day. Still, it can be a big challenge to hang out with friends, date, or be intimate when you have diarrh
"What will my food options be? What if we’re stuck on the tarmac and my symptoms flare? How long will it take me to find a restroom after I land?" These were just some of the questions that fueled Heather Weiss’s anxiety the first time she traveled after her doctor told her she has ulcerative coliti
Crohn's disease can complicate everyday activities, but you can overcome most of the challenges. Use these strategies to smooth out issues at home, at work, and in your relationships.
Educate your family. Tell your family and friends what it's like to live with Crohn's. They may be confused about th
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.
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
When your ulcerative colitis (UC) symptoms go away for a time, 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 inconvenient if
An important part of your ulcerative colitis (UC) treatment is to calm flares when they happen. But if you keep your disease in check, you may also have fewer symptoms over time. Here are six ways you can work to make flares become rare.
Many people with UC stay on low doses of drugs such as 5-ASA,
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
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