Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis might not be seen on the “outside”, but they are difficult conditions to live with. They are the two most common types of IBD (short for Inflammatory Bowel Disease), and can lead to painful inflammations and ulcers in different parts of the digestive system .
During Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week, we join thousands of others in sharing knowledge about these invisible conditions to create better understanding for them!
Here are 3 things you need to know about Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis:
1. IBD and IBS are not the same thing
A common misconception about IBD is that it’s like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This is not true. IBD is a chronic condition that is much more severe and can cause a lot more damage to the digestive system than IBS.
Both Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis cause inflammation in the digestive system that can result in a lot of pain and damage to the body.
Some of the most common symptoms of IBD are bleeding when using the bathroom, intense stomach cramps, and sometimes fever and unexplained weight loss.
Researchers are not sure exactly what causes IBD, but it seems to be a combination of genetics, environment and problems with the immune system. Certain types of food and drinks cannot cause IBD.
2. Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis are individual
Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis are highly individual conditions. Some people have constant problems, but most experience issues in periods.
What causes these “flare-ups” differs from person to person. One of the most important things is to understand what triggers the individual’s IBD.
There is currently no cure for either Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis, but there are different treatments that can help ease the symptoms and pain.
3. Awareness is key!
The most important this during Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week is to spread awareness to create knowledge about IBD. This is something we at Trialbee are proud to do! Keep your eyes out for more informative articles during the week!
Don’t forget that you can join in too by sharing on social media!