Ulcerative colitis (UL-sur-uh-tiv koe-LIE-tis) is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis affects the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Symptoms usually develop over time, rather than suddenly.Ulcerative colitis can be debilitating and sometimes can lead to life-threatening complications. While it has no known cure, treatment can greatly reduce signs and symptoms of the disease and even bring about long-term remission.
Up to 1 million Americans are thought to have IBD, inflammatory bowel disease. It occurs most often in those ages 15-30, but can affect younger kids and older people. Inflammatory bowel disease (which is not the same as irritable bowel disease syndrome, IBS) refers to a chronic disease that cause inflammation of the intestines. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease of the large intestine, or colon. The mucosa becomes inflamed and develops ulcers. It can cause frequent diarrhea. Crohn's disease differs from ulcerative colitis in the area of the bowel affected. It involves the last part of the small intestine called the terminal ileum. It generally tends to involve the entire bowel wall.
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that is typically a long-lasting inflammation and results in ulcers or sores in the digestive tract. In some cases, the innermost lining of the colon or the large intestines is affected along with the rectum. Although the cure is unknown for this systemic disease, it can lead to life-threatening conditions. Theories are being created based off of the causes, signs and symptoms, its relationship to the diet, and the association with the oral cavity to gain a better understanding of the disease. Treatment will decrease the signs and symptoms. Diet can also play a role in recovery or prevention and there is an indicated relationship to the oral cavity. Diet can result in an extended remission that will give you a longer pain free period between flare-ups.
So all in all, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have a lot of similarities. Their symptoms and causes are very similar. Both of these conditions can be very painful, and they have life-long effects on the human body. However, Crohn’s disease can affect a person on a deeper level and cause more damage along the whole digestive tract instead of just a few places. However, I sure wouldn’t want to have to face any of these conditions.
The disease can also affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall. The inflammation that Crohn’s disease causes in the intestine can “skip”, meaning that it can leave normal areas in between patches of diseased intestine. Inflammation of Crohn’s disease can also often spread deep into the layers of the affected bowel tissue.
Celiac disease (CD) is marked by an inability to absorb gluten. Gluten, also known as glutenin, is a protein found in “wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and triticale” (Turner and Torkos). The problem with the disease is that it is an “autoimmune disorder in which the immune system responds to gluten by damaging the small intestine” (Turner and Torkos). This damage to the small intestine is “characterized by villous atrophy” in people who are “genetically susceptible” (Parnell and Ciclitira). The disorder may latent for years and then suddenly cause horrendous symptoms that may be misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. There is danger in a misdiagnosis because many high fiber foods used to help control irritable bowel syndrome are gluten containing foods that will further damage the small intestine and the microvilli in it. Damage to the microvilli is especially dangerous because without the presence of these tiny fingerlike projections, and the mucosa that surrounds them, the intestines are unable to absorb the proper nutrients to fuel the body. In the instance of eighty year old Florence, the disease took a disastrous toll on her body. Unbeknownst to her, her body had begun the rejection of gluten, damaging the microvilli in an attempt to absorb the vitamins and minerals from the food she would take in. Suffering from curious bouts of abdominal pain accompanied with nausea, she went to her doctor for answers and was treated with a blood test to check for celiac, a faulty at best technique for discovering the true nature of what she was afflicted with. The blood test came back with a result negating the possibility of celiac. As she searched for answers, her body searched for the proper nutrients it needed to stay healthy and functio...
As stated in a book titled Medical Therapy of Ulcerative Colitis (ed. Lichtenstein 2014),a study by Broberger and Perlmann (1959) found that leukocytes in a ulcerative colitis patient had a cytotoxic effect on colon cells in tissue culture. In other words,
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When someone first finds out they have Crohn’s disease, they will probably feel overwhelmed. There are so many questions. Will I be able to work, travel and exercise? Should I be on a special diet? Could my medications have side effects? How will Crohn’s disease change my life? The better informed they can become, the more equipped they will be to be an active member in your healthcare (Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, 2009).
Other health problems of Crohn’s disease include anemia gall bladder or liver disease, and osteoporosis. Currently, Crohn’s Disease has no cure, but many treatment options can help you live a fulfilling life. The treatment of Crohn’s Disease may include, medication, surgery, and nutrition therapy. The anti-inflammatory medication is the most common medication used to treat people with Crohn’s. “Medication treating Crohn’s Disease is designed to suppress your immune system’s abnormal inflammatory response that is causing you symptoms.” (crohnsandcolitisfoundation.org) This will allow relief from symptoms such as fever and abdominal pain. Suppressing the inflammation also causes the intestinal tissues to heal. Oral 5- aminosalicylates, corticosteroids, and Humira are a few types of anti-inflammation medication. Sometimes people with Crohn’s are required to have a special diet given through a feeding tube or nutrients injected into a vein. This method can improve your overall nutrition and allow the bowel to rest. Resting the bowel can reduce inflammation. Maintaining a low fiber and dairy diet may also help. If medications and nutrition changes fail, the patient may have to undergo