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Crohn’s & Colitis Community

Get the support you need in managing your Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Participate in discussion boards, hear personal stories, ask questions to our panel of experts and much more.


Our Stories

College with Crohns Pande...

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Joined January 2021

My name is Claire and I am a junior in college in Pittsburgh.  I am a microbiology major with minors in chemistry a... read more

My Diagnosis Journey

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Joined December 2020

Im Daanya. Im 17 years old. I was just diagnosed with Crohns disease about 1 month ago. I was in the hospital for 12 day... read more

Overcoming an Invisible D...

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Joined October 2020

I have been battling with Ulcerative Colitis for almost 6 years now when I was diagnosed at age 17 as a senior in high s... read more

Community Forum

Joint and Coccyx pain wit...
Author Image Doug
Joined Mar 3, 2021

I have been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and have been on Entyvio infustions for at least a year now. That has seemed to help my colitis but I co....

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Author Image muspia15
Joined Mar 2, 2021

I would also like to add that I have been on Entyvio for over a year. I've been on multiple things (including Humira) for over 20 years. Couldn....

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Exercise/Physical Activit...
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Joined Mar 2, 2021

Hi! I've had UC for over 20 years. When I am in remission I have no problems exercising. But during a flare up I just can't seem to muster the....

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Expert Q&A

Disease Education

Q. I am 19 and have ulcerative Colitis. I tend to use toilet 2-3 times a day and don't have diarrhea. I do get blood in my stool though, not a lot but some streaks of blood on the solid stool. I also experience slight pain whenever my abdomen is bloated. I've been prescribed Mesacol suppositories for 4 weeks and I take Mesacol 3.6 grams every day. How can I tell if I am in remission or a flare-up?

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Q. I get Remicade infusions every 8 weeks for Crohn's. I will soon be eligible to get a COVID 19 vaccination. I need to know whether it is necessary to time the shot around my Remicade. I previously thought vaccinations had to be at least 2 weeks before or after Remicade, but I recently read that this is not necessary. I am anxious to get the vaccine and am hoping for as little delay as possible.

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Disease Education

Q. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s 30 years ago and had a bowel resection. I have not been on medication for 27 years. I just watch what I eat. I’m feeling good except I get bowel obstructions a few times a year which is due to a stricture at the resection site. I am interested in trying an endoscopic balloon dilation, but my GI doctor will not give me any options except taking a biologic. Where can I get info on this and see if I would be a candidate?

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