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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

My Childhood IBD Story

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Joined July 2020

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was two years old and recently graduated college. In the link below is a ... read more

Not Backpacking This Year

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Joined June 2020

I was diagnosed in 2015 with Crohn's Disease, when I was 29. However I have had stomach problems since I was 20 year... read more

Invisible Illness that ch...

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Joined May 2020

This past year has been one hell of a year to say the least. I faced the biggest challenges with my health physically an... read more

Community Forum

Exhausted and hopeless
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Joined Aug 5, 2020

I completely relate to this comment (late response but I just joined and was reading through some forums). Especially when you mentioned wanting to le....

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Hard to cope with another...
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Joined Aug 5, 2020

Hey, all, I'm new to this forum so bare with me! My partner was diagnosed with Crohn's 6 years ago, in 2014. We started seeing each other a....

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Fistula and Seton
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Joined Oct 31, 2016

I've had my setons for years with no major problems. They do break. Last time I had it done under a general,  when they were sending me home ....

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Expert Q&A

Disease Education

Q. My fiancé was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) 13 years ago and says he never has had a major flare since his initial diagnosis. It is controlled with Lialda (mesalamine) and he gets colonoscopies once or twice yearly. He has pancolitis and each time they see quite a bit of inflammation and take many biopsies. Can you have active disease without symptoms? Is it worth the risk of additional side effects to step up treatment to reduce inflammation despite no symptoms?

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Q. I have Crohn’s and have been on prednisone for more than 20 years. Is this normal or ok to be on this medication for so long.

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Q. I was diagnosed with collagenous colitis (microscopic) 8 yrs. ago. I would like to know if budesonide is a successful treatment for this condition. My doctor recommended it, but I am concerned with the side effects. What is the maximum amount of time that this medication should be taken.

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