Inflammatory Bowel Disease • Ulcerative Colitis • Crohn's Disease • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
A Pain in the Gut

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The IBD Support site provides information and resources to people suffering from IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). The two diseases that comprise IBD are Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease.

I am not a doctor; I am a fellow sufferer. I was diagnosed with universal ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) in 1981. I also have IBS - in my case, triggered by inflammation. Some people have IBS without IBD (no visible problem with the bowel). This isn't life threatening like IBD, but it can be excrutiating and inconvenient. Many people with IBD also have IBS, though luckily not everyone with IBS has IBD.

I'm what doctors call a "vigilant patient". I research everything, and I've learned a lot over the years about bowel disease - what helps, and what doesn't help. I'm sharing this information in hopes it will be helpful to others. Of course, the information you find here should not be considered a substitute for competent medical advice.

My focus on this site will be IBD - ulcerative colitis, in particular, since that's what I have and therefore what I know the most about.

Also, since I'm a patient and not a doctor, I will concentrate on things we can do as suffering individuals to heal ourselves. Choosing a good doctor would be the first step, of course, but the other obvious area where a patient can exercise some control is in diet and supplements. Bowel disease can make a person feel very powerless. But there are things you can do that will help.


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Last updated 11 Apr 09