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Keeping Ulcerative Colitis Under ControlIf you've been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, you may be wondering what you can do to stop this ailment from completely messing up your life. No one likes a diagnosis that something within their body is going to cause it not to work right, probably for the rest of their lives. But knowing a little bit about this ailment and what may help, it is a good way to keep yours under control.
First, let's make sure you understand what colitis is. Colitis is an inflammation of the colon that can lead to a number of problems. Typical colitis symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, bloody stool and other discomforts.
Colitis DietOnce you've been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, it's time to get to work solving as many of the problems related to this as possible. One of the first things your doctor will probably talk to you about is a colitis diet. If you consider what the ailment is, an inflammation, you'll understand that a bit of a change to your diet can lessen the symptoms. For example, you need to drink lots of water to help keep the path nice and clear for waste to move out of your body. You should also try to eat smaller meals which will be easier for the body to pass, and less likely to irritate the colon. And there are a couple of trigger foods that can irritate the colon such as caffeine, alcohol and dairy products. Avoiding these, if you can, is a wise decision.
MedicationThe next thing your doctor may talk about is medication. There are a number of medications that are meant to focus on just the inflammation of the colon, reducing it and therefore reducing the colitis symptoms. If your case is bad enough, your doctor may recommend surgery in order to try and lessen the impact of the colitis on your body.
Once you've been diagnosed with colitis, it's imperative that you're regularly checked to see how this is doing. This means that you should have a colonoscopy every 8-10 years after you are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Additionally, you should have an examination or follow-up at least every year to talk to your doctor about your situation. Not only it is good for them to know how you're doing, but also new things may have come out that they can prescribe for you or recommend for you that may make your situation better.