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My Childhood IBD Story

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Joined July 2020

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was two years old and recently graduated college. In the link below is a ... read more

Not Backpacking This Year

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Joined June 2020

I was diagnosed in 2015 with Crohn's Disease, when I was 29. However I have had stomach problems since I was 20 year... read more

Invisible Illness that ch...

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Joined May 2020

This past year has been one hell of a year to say the least. I faced the biggest challenges with my health physically an... read more

Community Forum

DIet and Nutrition Resour...
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Joined Oct 20, 2020

Hello everyone, My name is Michelle and I have a son who was diagnosed wtih Crohn's disease in 2017. I have gone back to school and am getting ....

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ER Diagnosis and Antibiot...
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Joined Oct 18, 2020

Thank you AustinP!! You kind words are extremely reassuring and help us realize we're not crazy parents and that she is not alone. I'm....

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ER Diagnosis and Antibiot...
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Joined Oct 20, 2020

Hello NTR, I completely sympathize with what your daughter is going through. I'm 21 years old and I suffered for the longest time going through m....

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Expert Q&A

Treatment

Q. I was diagnosed with mild/moderate colitis three years ago. I’ve been on mesalamine enemas (daily) and max doses mesalamine tablets (daily) for over a year since then. I felt great for a long time, but now I have what I would guess is a flare. Could my symptoms be a reaction to the mesalamine? I read somewhere the medication can make symptoms worse and I’m not sure if over time on max dosing daily, my body may have started to react differently to the meds?

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Treatment

Q. I am 19 and was recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I have a diet without allergens, glutenfree, and low fiber. I already tried steroids, I'm taking pentasa (enema and granules) and starting ozone therapy, but I'm still in the active phase, in which I have been almost 4 months. how long is normal to be in the active phase? if ozone therapy does not work for me either, what treatment will it be next?

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Treatment

Q. I was diagnosed with lymphocytic colitis this year at 23. My doctor is a bit puzzled as I guess I am young for this form of colitis, and I’m not on any daily medications that have been known to lead to it. I was just curious if there are any other potential causes I should bring up in my next appointment. I was also interested if, without an exact cause, if this is likely to be something, I will have to consider long-term medication for.

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