Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s disease is an chronic inflammatory bowel disease causing inflammation to occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, most commonly at the end of the small intestine. Crohn’s can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia and fatigue. While there is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease, medications can slow down the progression of the disease and lessen the side effects. It is important for people with Crohn’s disease to manage this disease closely with their doctor and receive regular screenings for colorectal cancer due to their heightened risk.

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Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis occurs when infected pouches form in the wall of the colon. While the exact cause of diverticulitis is unknown, a low-fiber diet is thought to play a part in the development of this disease. Diverticulitis can cause extreme pain, typically in the lower left side of the abdominal region and worsen with movement. Bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and fever may all occur with diverticulitis. Treatment for diverticulitis is customized based on the severity of the disease and may include antibiotic medication, changes in diet, and potentially surgery. Prompt treatment of diverticulitis often provides relief within 2 to 3 days.

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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes ulcers and inflammation in the colon and rectum. The disease ranges from mild to severe and the cause is unknown. Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, abdominal pain and rectal bleeding. Treatment recommendations vary by the severity of the disease but often include diet changes, medication, and sometimes even surgery.

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