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Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Lexington

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Lexington KY

IBD is a swelling and irritation of the GI tract. Inflammatory bowel disease shares symptoms with many other conditions, such as celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, those two diagnoses are not considered inflammatory bowel diseases. The two main diseases that fall in this category are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both of these conditions are caused by an abnormal response from your body’s immune system, where your system attacks your own tissue.

There are natural therapies and lifestyle strategies that you can do to help your symptoms with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. You can find relief for your symptoms and even go into remission by following these tips. Contact us here at Millpond Wellness Center to learn more about how to get help with your IBD. Do not try to self-diagnose or self-treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  We are here for you. We don’t guess, we test!

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis affects the large intestine, also called the colon. Damaged tissue causes pain and inflammation of the colon. Symptoms of pain and inflammation can also be in the rectum.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease affects the large and small intestines. The inflammation and damage usually happens in patches of the intestines, and not effecting the entire tract.

Other types of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

  • Diverticulosis-associated colitis
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Collagenous colitis
  • Lymphocyte colitis
  • Behcet’s disease

These diseases affect over 1.6 million Americans and there is no cure. Some days you will have flare ups, and some days there may be no symptoms at all. The disease could go into remission. There are complications of IBD including:  blood clots, skin, eye and joint inflammation, colon cancer, medication side effects, and also scarring of the bile ducts that can cause liver damage.

IBD could qualify as a disability if you have severe symptoms. For some- the symptoms may prevent you from working full time. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America offers a sample disability appeal letter you can submit, with the support of your doctor.

Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease may include:  belly pain, diarrhea, blood in stools or bleeding from the rectum, cramping, poor appetite, weight loss, fever, fatigue, and urgent bowel movements.  Your doctor will look for key signs through tests to determine an accurate diagnosis.  There may also be complications with Crohn’s Disease such as: anal fissures, ulcers, bowel obstruction, fistulas (ulcer in the wall of the intestine), and malnutrition.  Complications with Ulcerative colitis could be: anemia, colon cancer, swollen colon, holes in colon, extreme dehydration and osteoporosis.

Causes or risk factors for IBD include: younger than 30, white, Jewish, living in northern climates, living in urban areas, having relatives with IBD.

Natural ways to help relieve your IBD Symptoms

Here are some tips to help you manage your Inflammatory Bowel Disease:

  • Keep a food diary and record what you eat and the reaction you have
  • Follow nutritional guidelines and/or work with a nutritionist
  • Take supplements, including probiotics;
  • Manage your diarrhea
  • Quit smoking. 

Some foods will be triggers to cause or exacerbate symptoms such as:

  • Dairy products
  • Savory foods
  • Acidic foods
  • High fat foods
  • Cabbage
  • Spicy foods

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Millpond Wellness Center
3650 Boston Road Suite 188
Lexington, KY 40514
(859) 219-0617

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