What is an IBD? What’s Colitis? What, when, how, huh? . . . . .
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is not as well known as Crohn’s disease, but both are Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD).
According to MayoClinc.org, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive tract. IBD primarily includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Both usually involve severe diarrhea, pain, fatigue and weight loss. IBD can be debilitating and sometimes leads to life-threatening complications.
Every since I have been diagnosed, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has been the most useful source of information for me about colitis. CCFA defines Ulcerative colitis as:
“Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce pus and mucous. The combination of inflammation and ulceration can cause abdominal discomfort and frequent emptying of the colon.
Ulcerative colitis is the result of an abnormal response by your body’s immune system. Normally, the cells and proteins that make up the immune system protect you from infection. In people with IBD, however, the immune system mistakes food, bacteria, and other materials in the intestine for foreign or invading substances. When this happens, the body sends white blood cells into the lining of the intestines, where they produce chronic inflammation and ulcerations.” (CCFA.org)
So yeah . . . that’s what I have, good ole Ulcerative Colitis (UC) . . 😦 Remaining hopeful.