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Our Stories

Life With a Rare GI Condi...

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Joined May 2021

My journey with IBD began in January of 2018. I started suffering from extreme GERD, stomach pain, loss of appetite. Thi... read more

My Life With UC

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Joined April 2021

As a child, I was always sick - stomach flu, sore throats, ear infections, constant diarrhea. No one seemed to know why,... read more

My life with my disease

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Joined March 2021

Hi. My name is Leora. I started feeling an awful pain in my stomach a little over a year ago.  The pain quickly sp... read more

Community Forum

Pregnancy - OBGYN or midw...
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Joined Oct 20, 2020

Please help i am going to be 10 weeks on this Friday and I still haven't been to the doctor I wanted to know what's the difference between....

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Low Dose Naltrexone
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Joined Jun 11, 2021

I'm looking for a provider in the kansas City are that is knowledgeable about and prescribes LDN.  My primary care doctor is for now, thank g....

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Bleeding just before Stel...
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Joined Jun 11, 2021

Hi guys. I just want to know if there is anyone out there who has the same experience... My son (14) has been on Stelara for 9 months after Humira fai....

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Expert Q&A

Disease Education

Q. I had my second COVID 19 vaccine 2 days ago. I have been very frightened of contracting COVID since losing a 31-y-old cousin to the disease and have not been getting together with family/friends. At my vaccine appointment, I was told that it may take me longer to get full efficacy of the vaccine than other people because I have Crohn’s and take Stelara, which suppresses my immune system. I wasn’t told how much longer to wait to get together with others. How much longer should I wait?

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Treatment

Q. I am a 52-year-old male who has been suffering from IBD for more than two years. I have been taking mesalamine since then and also have been taking steroid (prednisone) almost fifty percent of the time to control flareup. Recently I came across some research papers that showed direct link between Vitamin D3 and IBD. My current vitamin D level is borderline at 30 nmol/L. Do you think increasing the level to 75 by taking high dosage of vitamin D3 would help to curb the auto immune disease?

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Treatment

Q. What antibiotics are best for IBD patients for conditions like sinus infections. Are there particular antibiotics that should be avoided by IBD patients? Should probiotics be taken when you are on an antibiotic?

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