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    1. 7 Things People With IBD Wish You Knew

      No one diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis understands everything about their condition. Scientists and doctors don’t. Researchers have spent millions trying to figure it out. So when someone doesn’t know what IBD is all about -- that those letters stand for inflammatory bowel disea

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    2. Digestive Disorders and Your Job

      You’re in a meeting with a client when it starts. The gurgling. The cramping. The pain. You know that if you don’t get to the bathroom now, you may have a problem. With a hasty “excuse me,” you get up from the table and make a mad dash, leaving your client confused and your coworkers worried. When y

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    3. Why Is It So Hard to Diagnose Crohn’s Disease?

      At 9, Natalie Rosenthal started having terrible stomach pains, fatigue, and diarrhea. She had dark circles under her eyes. She stopped growing taller or gaining weight. “I had spasms whenever I ate anything,” says Rosenthal, now 40. “The pediatrician at first told my mom that I had a nervous stomach

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    4. 7 Tips for Exercise Success With a GI Disorder

      She’s always been active, but when Megan Starshak began having gastrointestinal issues as a teenager, it put a serious cramp in her exercise routine. “I was running in Florida on spring break in high school, and all of a sudden, I had to go to the bathroom -- badly,” says Starshak, who's now in her

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    5. Expert Answers to Questions About Crohn’s Disease

      If you have questions about Crohn's disease, WebMD has answers. We reached out to experts to find out the most common -- and most pressing -- questions that patients ask their doctors. Once you find out you have the disease, your doctor will give you medicine to help you control it. Doctors work to

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    6. Work With Your Doctor to Manage Ulcerative Colitis

      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

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    7. 7 Tips for Getting Out With UC

      "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

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    8. Stay Social When You Have UC

      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

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    9. Stay Connected When You Have Crohn’s

      You don’t have to deal with the pain, fatigue, or diarrhea of Crohn’s disease on your own. Support from family, friends, or other people with Crohn’s can help you live a full life. “Social support is key. I would not be here today without the support of my wife,” says Ryan Stevens, 42, who lives in

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    10. 6 Tips for Living With an Ileostomy

      When you get an ileostomy, it’s a big adjustment. The first few weeks are the hardest, as you get used to emptying the pouch where waste now leaves your body. “But you’ll soon be able to enjoy your life as if you didn’t have an ileostomy,” says Jennifer Holder-Murray, MD, a colorectal surgeon and as

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