Crohn’s disease is a condition of chronic inflammation that belongs to the group of diseases known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Crohn’s can potentially affect any location in the gastrointestinal tract, but most commonly affects the end of the small bowel and the beginning of the colon. For a patient suffering from Crohn’s disease all parts of the intestine may be involved and there can be normal healthy bowel between patches of diseased bowel. Crohn’s disease can also affect other parts of the body, including the joints, eyes, skin, and liver. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease can include persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, and abdominal cramping. Loss of appetite, weight loss, and fatigue, may also occur.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder occurring in the colon in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores. It belongs to the group of diseases known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disorder caused by an abnormal immune response whereby the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. Symptoms may include cramping, abdominal pain, severe urgency to have a bowel movement, bloody stool, and diarrhea. Fatigue and loss of appetite followed by weight loss are common.
AllCare Plus realizes that there is no cure for these diseases. To help avoid surgery or further complication with your illness, we will be your constant point of contact while working with your GI doctor to make sure your plan of care is accurate.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD),” September 18, 2014, www.cdc.gov/ibd/what-is-ibd.htm.
Source: Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, “What is Crohn’s Disease,” http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-crohns-disease/.
Source: Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, “What is Ulcerative Colitis,” http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-ulcerative-colitis/.