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Our Stories

Crohns its a Blast

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Joined March 2019

I was diagnosed in 2009, however in hind-site, my symptoms began in my early teens.  About the age of 13, I had a m... read more

The struggle is real

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Joined February 2019

I was diagnosed in 2010 with severe crohns. I am on Entyvio infusion every 4 weeks. I take prednisone and methotrexate. ... read more

This disease sucks

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Joined February 2019

I have had UC for 34 years.....It is the worst disease ever.....No one understands how we suffer I had Dysplasia in 200... read more

Community Forum

Microscopic colitis
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Joined Oct 31, 2016

I’ve never heard of this. How is it different from ulcerative colitis?

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Microscopic colitis
Author Image charbs
Joined Oct 31, 2016

I’ve never heard of this. How is it different from ulcerative colitis?

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Microscopic colitis
Author Image charbs
Joined Oct 31, 2016

I’ve never heard of this. How is it different from ulcerative colitis?

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Expert Q&A

Disease Education

Q. I have had chronic diarrhea for at least 20 years. I’ve had 3 colonoscopies all normal other than internal hemorrhoids, but recently had an acute bowel perforation without any new symptoms and diagnosed with Crohn's. I have not yet started medication therapy, but I am trying to limit diet. How do I know what is working when some days I have no or solid BMs and then all of a sudden urgency and loose BM? What is considered a flare? How will I know when I am in remission?

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Treatment

Q. This year will mark 10 years with ulcerative colitis. After being prescribed numerous amounts of medications with different side effects I decided to take a different approach and try things more natural. I ended up regaining control of my symptoms until recently but now I am looking into other forms of treatment other than pills. Does acupuncture help with symptoms?

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Treatment

Q. I’ve had Crohn’s since 2001 and have been managing it well for 6 years with Remicade. Side effects have included skin issues. Recently I got strep throat that has recurred 3 times in the last month or so, with about a week between ending the 10-day antibiotics (amoxicillin, penicillin and currently Cefdinir) and subsequent recurrences. Could the Remicade be wearing down my immune system? Should I talk to my doctor about switching from Remicade to another drug?

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