If you have ulcerative colitis find out the best ways to manage your symptoms.
Has one of our Troy, MI, gastroenterologists diagnosed you with ulcerative colitis? If so, you may be trying to learn everything you can about this condition, including how to treat it. Let our gastrointestinal specialists step in to provide you with the information you need to put your mind at ease and to reduce ulcerative colitis flare-ups.
What is ulcerative colitis?
This chronic condition causes inflammation and ulcers within the lining of the digestive tract, more specifically within the large intestines (also known as the colon) and the rectum.
When symptoms flare-up the sufferer may experience abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, diarrhea, loss of appetite, unexpected weight loss and fatigue. Everyone’s body responds differently, and symptoms of ulcerative colitis can range from mild to severe. Some people may experience regular and severe flare-ups while others may never experience a flare-up at all.
How is ulcerative colitis treated?
If symptoms aren’t present then you may not actually require treatment. Of course, our Troy, MI, GI doctors will create a treatment plan based on the frequency and severity of your symptoms. In most cases, your treatment plan will include both lifestyle modifications and medications.
Those with milder symptoms may be able to control their symptoms through a proper and balanced diet, antidiarrheal medications, and steroid medications (for when flare-ups occur). Those with moderate-to-severe flare-ups may require more long-term steroid medication to reduce inflammation and ulcers. The strength of the steroid medication will depend on the severity of your symptoms.
The goal of steroids is to reduce the length of your flare-ups and to send ulcerative colitis into remission. Immunosuppressants may also reduce severe inflammation. In rare cases, surgery may be required.
Can diet help with ulcerative colitis?
It’s important to understand that your diet did not contribute to you developing this intestinal condition; however, the foods you consume could affect flare-ups. This is why it’s important to find the right diet and lifestyle that works for you. This varies between people so don’t assume that a diet that works for one person with ulcerative colitis will work for you. It will take some trial and error, but common diets that do improve flare-ups include:
- Low-salt diets
- Low-fiber diet
- Low-fat diets
- Lactose-free diets
Talk to one of our GI specialists about which diet might improve and lessen your symptoms.
Gastrointestinal Specialists in Troy, MI, is dedicated to treating your gastrointestinal problems. No matter whether you are dealing with unexplained abdominal pain, stomach discomfort or other symptoms it’s important that you have a medical team by your side to provide you with the answers and individualized care you deserve. Call us today!