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    1. 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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    2. The Link Between Stress and Ulcerative Colitis

      Ulcerative colitis can begin very early. At the age of 12, for instance, Amanda Sina Griffith found herself the object of a custody battle -- and was besieged by painful stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. “I’d had very mild stomach symptoms before; my doctor thought it was a bacterial infection. Bu

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    3. Test Your Colitis IQ

      Confused by ulcerative colitis (UC)? No surprise there; it can be a bewildering disease, sometimes easily confused with other gastrointestinal troubles. On top of that, symptoms can disappear for months or even years, then return for no apparent reason. New treatments and strategies, though, can hel

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    4. Ulcerative Colitis and Probiotics

      A growing number of people with ulcerative colitis are reaching for probiotics -- products containing so-called "friendly" bacteria that populate the intestines. Why? Researchers don't yet know what causes ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). So finding effective treatment

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    5. Ulcerative Colitis: Talk to Your Doctor

      Ulcerative colitis can be a complicated, distressing, and confusing illness. Your doctor can help make sense of it. But the first step is knowing what questions to ask. Here's a checklist of questions suggested by experts in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), along with notes on what your doctor may

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    6. My WebMD: A College Student Controls Her Crohn's

      My life with Crohn's has not been easy. I remember lying in my hospital bed watching a commercial for iced tea. Everyone was running around in the sunshine listening to happy, uplifting music. Never before had I been so jealous of people doing something so simple. I was 16 and it was 2006, five year

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    7. Ulcerative Colitis 101

      Living with ulcerative colitis isn’t always easy -- it can mean dealing with symptoms such as rectal bleeding, and finding a life-long treatment that reduces inflammation and ulcerations in the lining of the colon. While the causes of ulcerative colitis (UC) are generally unknown, understanding the

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    8. Ulcerative Colitis: Symptoms and Treatment

      Whenever Serena Ehrlich goes someplace new, she scouts out the location of the bathroom. That's because Ehrlich, 38, a Los Angeles-based salesperson for a commercial wire service, has ulcerative colitis. She developed the disease 12 years ago and has been in remission for the past three. Still, the

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    9. Ulcerative Colitis: Starting a Food Diary

      Diet alone doesn't cause ulcerative colitis or other inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), and avoiding certain foods won't cure these conditions. "But following a proper diet can help ease symptoms and promote healing," says David T. Rubin, MD, co-director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at t

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    10. Dating and Relationships With Ulcerative Colitis

      One of the upsides of college: all that new freedom! One of the downsides of college for people with UC: all that freedom! With it come the pressures of dating and the social scene. It’s true that dating and getting into relationships can be more complicated when you have an inflammatory bowel disea

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