Inflammatory bowel disorders develop when some or all of your digestive tract becomes inflamed. The major types of inflammatory bowel disorders are ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and diverticultitis. These disorders can cause debilitating symptoms and serious complications.
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that develops when you have long-lasting sores and inflammation in the deepest lining of your rectum and large intestine. Some of the symptoms of this condition include:
Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines, especially the colon and ileum, associated with ulcers and fistulae.
The symptoms of Crohn’s disease are very similar to the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. In most cases, a colonoscopy is the only way to distinguish between the two disorders.
Inflammation of abnormal sacs or pouches formed at weak points in the wall of the digestive tract, especially in the colon, causing pain and disturbance of bowel function. Diverticulitis is more common as we age.
Karen will recommend a comprehensive stool test to diagnose suspected disorders. If you already have a diagnosis, the stool test will also be used to guide treatment.
There are several treatment options that you may find beneficial if you have an inflammatory bowel disorder. The goal of treatment will be to reduce inflammation so that you have fewer symptoms and a lower risk of complications. Treatments for inflammatory bowel diseases may include pharmaceuticals, but for the most part dietary changes and supplementation aim at healing the inflammatory process.
Of course, severe cases may need surgical and/or antibiotic intervention. Every case is differerent.
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