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Ostomies 101

Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:15 pm by CrohnieJane

An ostomy is surgery to create an opening (stoma) from an area inside the body to the outside. It treats certain diseases of the digestive or urinary systems. It can be permanent, when an organ must be removed. It can be temporary, when the organ needs time to heal. The organ could be the small intestine, colon, rectum, or bladder. With an ostomy, there must be a new way for wastes to leave the …

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) 101

Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:14 pm by CrohnieJane

Your esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) happens when a muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it.

You may feel a burning in the chest or throat called heartburn. Sometimes, you can taste stomach fluid in the back …

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome 101

Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:13 pm by CrohnieJane

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a problem that affects the large intestine. It can cause abdominal cramping, bloating, and a change in bowel habits. Some people with the disorder have constipation. Some have diarrhea. Others go back and forth between the two. Although IBS can cause a great deal of discomfort, it does not harm the intestines.

IBS is common. It affects about twice as many women …

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Celiac Disease 101

Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:12 pm by CrohnieJane

Celiac disease is an immune disease in which people can't eat gluten because it will damage their small intestine. If you have celiac disease and eat foods with gluten, your immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It is found mainly in foods but may also be in other products like medicines, vitamins and supplements, lip balm, …

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Ulcerative Colitis 101

Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:03 pm by CrohnieJane

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the rectum and colon. It is one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease.

UC can happen at any age, but it usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30. It tends to run in families. The most common symptoms are pain in the abdomen and blood or pus in diarrhea. Other symptoms …

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Crohn's 101

Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:00 pm by CrohnieJane

Crohn's disease causes inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease. Crohn's can affect any area from the mouth to the anus. It often affects the lower part of the small intestine called the ileum.

The cause of Crohn's disease is unknown. It may be due to an abnormal reaction by the body's immune system. It also seems to run in some …

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My Crohn's Story

Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:39 pm by CrohnieJane

My story starts just like any good story; Death, disease, and dangerously long. It's 2001, I'm 13 years old, and just like any 13 year old I'm excited to leave middle school and venture into the waters of high school. The only difference between myself and the average 13 year old wasn't much, at least not yet. Because before I knew it, my life was going to change forever.
It was April 28th, 2001, …

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