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IBD

IBD

The Deeper Problem

Most people regard diarrhea as an occasional inconvenience, but if you suffer from chronic diarrhea, you know that it can have both a physical as well as emotional impact on your life. Sufferers often have to plan their entire day around the availability of a bathroom due to the unpredictability of an episode.

There are a variety of intestinal disorders or diseases that can directly lead to chronic diarrhea. If you suffer from one of the following, make sure you seek proper medical advice before you try any medications to treat chronic diarrhea.

IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a term commonly used to describe two similar, yet distinct conditions: Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. These diseases affect the digestive system and cause the intestine to become inflamed, form sores, bleed easily, scar and lose the normal smoothness of the inner lining. Some of the more common symptoms of IBD include abdominal pain, cramping, fatigue and diarrhea.

To find out more, visit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

Crohn's Disease

Crohn's Disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. Patches of inflammation occur, often with healthy tissue between diseased areas - these are called "skip lesions". The inflammation can extend through every layer of affected bowel tissue. At present, Crohn's Disease cannot be cured by drugs or surgery, although either or both can occasionally provide relief from the uncomfortable symptoms associated.

To find out more, visit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis affects only the colon and a single layer of bowel tissue: the inner lining. The disease commonly starts in the portion of the colon called the rectum and can extend as a continuous (as opposed to patchy) inflammation from there into the rest of the colon. Usually, Ulcerative Colitis can be controlled with medication. The disease can be completely eliminated by surgically removing the colon, but afterward, waste material (stools) may have to be stored and expelled through an external appliance.

To find out more about IBD, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, visit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada.