Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
As a Los Angeles Inflammatory Bowel Disease specialist, Dr. Anju Mathur uses the Back to Wellness Program to help provide solutions to patients suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease? Inflammatory Bowel Disease encompasses a wide number of gastrointestinal complaints; however, the bottom line with IBS and autoimmune diseases that affect the bowels is to get to the root cause of the inflammation and resolve it. Dr. Anju Mathur provides extensive testing that analyzes the functioning of multiple different bodily systems that include the gastrointestinal, immune, and hormonal systems. As a part of the Back to Wellness Program, Dr. Anju Mathur also performs a full analysis on a patient’s dietary, stress, work, and lifestyle habits in an attempt to determine the root causes of bowel inflammation, and she can also help to identify allergens, toxins, and specific foods that are aggravating existing bowel conditions. Her individualized healing programs can be customized to suit individual needs, which can allow patients to regain healthy digestive functions and reduce bowel inflammation.
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are both autoimmune conditions that are classified as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). The majority of cases that involve bowel conditions are usually either Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative colitis (UC).
While both of these diseases involve the inflammation of the digestive tract, there are some differences that set them apart from each other.
The main distinction between the two is the location of the disease and the nature of the inflammation.
These diseases are autoimmune, and in both cases the body sees the healthy tissue of the intestinal tract as foreign tissue and starts to attack the intestinal lining, causing chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract.
As with most autoimmune disorders, IBD, the underlying cause is linked to certain triggers that set up a scenario where the body can start to attack itself.
These can include:
- Food Allergies
- High Sugar Diet
- Low Fiber Intake
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Over Using Antibiotics
- Anti Depressants
- Prescription Medications
In ulcerative colitis, only the large intestine and the rectum are affected, and the ulcers usually appear on the surface of the intestinal tract. The symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis can vary, and they may share some of the same symptoms as Crohn’s Disease. Some of the primary symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Periodic Diarrhea
- Loose Stool
- Weight Loss
- Loss of Appetite
- Rectal Bleeding
- Loss of Body Fluids
There are four main types of ulcerative colitis, which largely depend on where the inflammation is located, and these types include:
This form of UC is only in the rectum and is characterized with rectal pain, bleeding, and a feeling of urgency when needing to pass stool.
This type of UC involves passing bloody stool, a constant feeling of needing to defecate, and pain in the lower left side of the abdomen.
Left Sided Colitis
When the inflammation primarily attacks the left side of the intestine, people usually experience weight loss, pain on the left side of the abdomen, loss of appetite, and bloody diarrhea.
Pan Ulcerative Colitis
In this type of UC, people usually experience bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
Crohn’s disease is different from Ulcerative Colitis in that it can manifest anywhere from the mouth to the colon, though is most common in the small intestine and the colon. Crohn’s disease can come on quite suddenly, and it can affect any part of the digestive tract. This disease can affect many layers of the intestines and not just remain on the surface of the intestinal lining, as in ulcerative colitis. Many people can also go into remission for short periods of time and not have any flare-ups; however, most people experience persistent fatigue, fever, and diarrhea with flare-ups. Most commonly, the inflammation occurs in the ileum and the first part of the colon, which leads to primary symptoms that include diarrhea, cramping, and abdominal pain. When the inflammation is in the stomach and the first part of the small intestine symptoms may include nausea, weight loss, and a poor appetite. Complications can include the formation of scar tissue and intestinal obstruction.
Common symptoms that both diseases share include:
- Lower Right Side Abdominal Pain & Tenderness In Crohn’s
- Lower Left Side Abdominal Pain & Tenderness In Ulcerative Colitis
- Bloody Stools
- Mucus in Stools
- Joint Pain
- Colon Disfigurement
- Mouth Ulcers
- Rectal Pain
- Weight Loss
- Chronic Fatigue
- Failure to thrive in children
The bottom line with IBD and all autoimmune disease is to get to the root cause of the inflammation and resolve it.
Los Angeles Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s specialist, Dr. Anju Mathur is an integrative medicine specialists and her holistic approach is designed to get to the root of a health problem and set forth a treatment protocol that will lead to successfully improving her patient’s wellbeing. In Dr. Mathur’s comprehensive healing programs, several therapies can be used to improve these conditions, which may include IV Therapy, Phospholipid Exchange Therapy, and Chelation Therapy. IV Nutrient Infusions can improve immune function through allowing the body to receive high amounts of nutrients. Chelation Therapy may remove toxic heavy metals to allow the organs to function on a better level. Phospholipid Exchange Therapy can remove toxins at a cellular level and may improve the symptoms of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation may help to energize the body and boost immune function. Los Angeles Inflammatory Bowel Disease physician, Dr. Anju Mathur has helped countless men and women regain their health through customized Back to Wellness Programs.