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IBD | Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week: What is IBD | Extra Intestinal Manifestations | IBD vs. IBS

IBD | Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week: What is IBD | Extra Intestinal Manifestations | IBD vs. IBS

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Hi friends! Welcome back! Happy IBD / CC Awareness Week! This video discusses what IBD, Crohn’s and Colitis are, IBD vs. IBS and the differences, Extra Intestinal Manifestations and more! Connect on social media! (LINKS BELOW) . Be sure to like and subscribe for more. Interested in joining the family? Join the PRIVATE facebook group:


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Hi guys! Hey friends! To kick off IBD today we are going to talk about what IBD actually is and how Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s can affect the body.

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Yes it’s IBD Awareness Week, but what even is IBD? Sharing stories and pictures and videos is all great but we as patients also have to educate others on what our condition is before we can truly explain what it’s done to us. – This video will break down IBD, UC and Crohn’s and discuss a little on what it does to our bodies.

IBD stands for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. This is a classification of many gastrointestinal diseases, the more common of which being Crohn’s and Colitis. It is estimated that over 5 million people world wide suffer from some form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Let’s talk Crohn’s and Colitis. Crohn’s and Colitis are chronic diseases that cause inflammation and Ulceration along the gastrointestinal tract. The difference between the two is that Crohn’s can affect any part of the Gastro intestinal tract. Your gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth and ends at your anus. Crohn’s Disease was named after a gastroenterologist, Dr. Crohn who, along with colleagues, first described the disease in 1932.

The definition of Colitis can actually be found by breaking down the word. The suffix “itis” means “inflammation.” Col or colo is “large intestine” or colon. Col – itis: Colon Inflammation or inflammation of the colon.

Even with the medical breakdown, don’t let it fool you. Many patients with Colitis (and Crohn’s) can and will experience extra intestinal manifestations. Extraintestinal manifestations are things that occur outside of the intestines. For instance patients may experience arthritis, uveitis,  skin issues, eye issues and more!

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases can become very serious and if not treated properly, can lead to life threatening circumstances. Both Crohn’s and Colitis show an abnormal immune response. A healthy immune system protects the body by sending white blood cells to attack infection and things can cause harm. In conditions like Crohn’s and Colitis the immune system mistakenly sends those white blood cells to attack healthy tissue, thereby causing inflammation.

Now that we’ve discussed the ins and outs of the condition, let’s talk signs, symptoms and quality of life. Some common signs and symptoms of Crohn’s and Colitis are:

  • Loose or bloody stools
  • Frequent urgency
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • And more!

Although symptoms may sound similar, IBD and IBS are two different things with two very different treatment paths. IBD is Inflammatory Bowel Disease, this is a category that includes chronic inflammatory disease, while IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is still classified as a functional disorder.  According to Healthline, IBS doesn’t show clinical signs and patients who suffer from IBS will usually have normal test results. Meaning the digestive system looks normal, but just isn’t working as it should. On the other hand IBD patients may show inflammation using tests like blood and stool samples. Abnormalities can appear on colonoscopies, X-rays and CT scans depending on the disease and severity.

According to the Crohn’s and Colitis foundation, about 20% of UC patients and up to an estimated three quarters of Crohn’s patients will require surgery at some point. This week we are sharing our stories spreading awareness to let the world know we are more than any stigma, we are more than misconceptions. IBD is serious and we need people to start talking because we need a cure. Please follow along and join in the conversation even if you don’t have IBD, you never know, one of your peers may have been diagnosed.

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