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IBD- Do you have it?

You must be getting tired of all this health stuff but as my doctor keeps reminding me the more you understand your body and what can happen to it the abler you are to take preventive measures. Today I will talk about IBS.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) represents a group of intestinal disorders that cause prolonged inflammation of the digestive tract.
The digestive tract comprises the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. It’s responsible for breaking down food, extracting the nutrients, and removing any unusable material and waste products.
Inflammation anywhere along the digestive tract disrupts this normal process. IBD can be very painful and disruptive, and in some cases, it may even be life-threatening.
There are symptoms you can look for but first, you need to understand that like Chronic Fatigue there are many different forms IBD takes. The two most common are Crohn disease which affects the end of the small intestine and ulcerative colitis which affects the large intestine. 
Some of the symptoms include:
  • diarrhea, which occurs when affected parts of the bowel can’t reabsorb water
  • bleeding ulcers, which may cause blood to show up in the stool (hematochezia)
  • stomach pain, cramping, and bloating due to bowel obstruction
  • weight loss and anemia, which can cause delayed growth or development in children

I had both the upper & the lower intestines scoped around my 35th birthday because of constant heartburn and pain in my abdomen but there was no obvious evidence of IBD. IBS, on the other hand, was mentioned. The difference between the two is that IBS does not cause inflammation the way IBD does plus IBS is easily managed with diet and exercise while IBD also needs medication and sometimes surgery.

Healthfully yours!

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