There are different types of ulcerative colitis programs and trials that are available. If you are 18-years-old or older, you may be eligible to apply. Check with our office as the study is for those with moderate to severe cases of ulcerative colitis to see if you can participate. You will be compensated for time and travel related expenses. We also have flexible clinic appointments, late hours and weekend hours.
Ulcerative colitis is a debilitating disease similar to Crohn’s disease that affects a large number of people. It’s a type of inflammatory bowel disease that will affect the colon and the rectum. It can be confused with Crohn’s disease which affects the digestive tract.
With ulcerative colitis, this particular type of debilitating disease can cause inflammation and different types of sores or ulcers to develop in the large intestine. In the area of the colon, there can be spasms and different types of pains that the person can feel. If left untreated, it can lead to colon cancer or cancer of the rectum.
Ulcerative colitis is a disease that can affect people at any age. Typically, people who develop ulcerative colitis are not diagnosed until they reach the age of 30 as they may not see changes in the colon area until later in life. Researchers are concerned about the cause for ulcerative colitis, and it has been found that more than likely it has to do with how the immune system is not processing bacteria that comes in through the digestive tract. It’s as if the body is overreacting to the different types of bacteria that come into the body.
For people dealing with ulcerative colitis, it may be best to speak with your doctor about special treatment plans that can help to minimize your symptoms and help with pain management and bouts of diarrhea. With Ulcerative colitis, people may find that they need medicine over the counter that can help to control diarrhea and that different types of over the counter medications such as Imodium may not be enough. A doctor may want to give prescriptions that can help control the bowels.
With severe symptoms, there different types of medications that can be taken and your doctor may want to speak with you about removing part of the colon or removing the entire colon to cure ulcerative colitis. This is a big step for people, so they may want to factor in the various diet changes that they can make and speak to a nutritionist. If left unattended, ulcerative colitis can lead to colon cancer.
People with ulcerative colitis may find that some over-the-counter medicines such as Imodium can help with symptoms like diarrhea, but this may only offer temporary relief. If a person finds that they have more severe symptoms, they may want to speak with the doctor about prescription medicines that can take that can help to control the diarrhea flare-ups. Sometimes people will need a stronger medicine such as a steroid medication or an aminosalicylate that can help to control the body’s immune response.
If a person finds that medication is not helping to reduce symptoms or to minimize the diarrhea bouts and pain, they may need to modify or severely alter their diet. Switching to a vegetarian diet can sometimes help alleviate symptoms. Animal protein when it’s removed from the diet entirely can help to regulate your immune system and the digestive system more efficiently when there is no dairy present. Speak with your doctor about the need for cancer screening and check into the vegetarian diets that can help reduce the risk of colon cancer.