8 Things Not to Say to Someone With Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis

We all have insecurities — maybe about our hair, weight, clothing or freckles. It’s something different for everyone, and a person who is living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is no different. Chrohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two types of IBD. What sets them apart is the area that is affected in the gastrointestinal…

What Are the 4 Stages of Cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis is a condition that develops with long-term, ongoing liver damage. With cirrhosis, the normal structure of the liver has been replaced by islands of liver tissue separated by nonfunctional bands of scar tissue. Chronic liver disease/cirrhosis is among the top 10 causes of death in the United States for people aged 25 to 64,…

What Women Should Know About Crohn’s Disease

If you’ve been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease you are likely feeling a combination of terror and relief. Crohn’s comes with some rather debilitating symptoms that are very frightening, and hard to get a handle on, so you’re likely relieved to finally understand your condition. On the other hand, if you know a bit about the…

The Side of Crohn’s Disease Doctors Didn’t Warn Me About

When you hear the words inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) most people think, “Oh yes! It’s a disease that affects the bowels!” Which is 100 percent correct, but what a lot of people do not know or just don’t think about is that it’s not just a bowel disease, and it is not the same as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)….

7 Things Not to Say to People With Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are considered invisible illnesses, in that you are unlikely to know that someone is suffering from either disease just by looking at them. Telling a Crohn’s or colitis patient that they don’t look ill isn’t very helpful to a person who is trying to hold it all together. If someone tells you that…

Tips for Successful Recovery From Crohn’s Surgery

If you’re considering surgery to treat Crohn’s disease, learn about the procedure as well as the risks and benefits. If medication isn’t managing your Crohn’s disease, surgery may be your best option. Key Takeaways Crohn’s disease causes bowel inflammation, and can lead to intestinal narrowing or perforation which can cause infections or fistulas. Resection surgery…

What To Do If You Get A Panic Attack During Sex

A few years ago, while an ex-partner was going down on me, I realized I was having trouble breathing. Then a sense of dread filled my head, and I felt like I was being stabbed in the chest. So I quickly asked him to stop — not because he was doing anything wrong, but because…

What is Pediatric Crohn’s Disease?

Overview Pedi Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation, or swelling, across the lining of the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease most often affects the end of the small intestine but can happen anywhere along the digestive tract from mouth to anus. Crohn’s disease can move along the digestive tract and can cause…

Creating a Crohn’s Disease Diet Plan

If you have Crohn’s disease, you probably have found that certain foods trigger your intestinal symptoms, especially when the disease flares. Learning to avoid these food triggers may allow you to self-manage your Crohn’s disease, reduce gastrointestinal symptoms, and promote intestinal healing. What is Crohn’s disease? Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two types of…

10 Foods to Avoid if You Have Crohn’s Disease

IBD? What not to eat When it comes to Crohn’s disease, not all foods affect people in the same way. For example, spicy food may be a problem for some, while others never have to hold the hot sauce. That said, there some types of food you may want to steer clear of, particularly during…