Crohn’s Disease IBD - Is It The Same Thing? 

When I first started to learn about Crohn’s Disease after I was diagnosed I was a bit confused as to what IBD was and what Ulcerative Colitis was, as they all sounded like the same thing to me at the time. I also wasn't sure if Crohn's Disease IBD was the right name or not.

Upon a bit more investigation and some more explanations from my doctor I understood more about IBD, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease and where they all fit in to the picture.

IBD or Inflammatory Bowel Disease is the larger group of illnesses that Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are a part of. Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main illnesses in this group, there are others but these are the main ones.

The main difference between the two is that Colitis is located in the large bowel or the colon only, where Crohn’s Disease can affect the person anywhere in the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus.

Both Crohn’s and Colitis are can be quite similar and can be mistaken for one another at times. My doctors went through a brief period of this; I had been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease but after some time they decided that I had Ulcerative Colitis.

Then awhile later they changed their minds again and I was back to having Crohn’s, where I started in the first place.
 It is good to know that even though Crohn’s and Colitis have different names many of the same natural treatments work for both.

People are all individual and some things work for some and not for others, which can be true in many things in life. Some drugs mask the symptoms in some people but have no effect in other people.

Even though Crohn’s and Colitis are different I eventually found out that I can learn just as much from having a conversation with someone that has Colitis because they have many similarities.

Don’t discount someone for not having useful information because what they have is slightly different to you. By keeping an open mind you must be surprised what you learn from people, often the best pieces of information are given to you when you least expect it.

Whether you have Crohn’s, Colitis or IBD there are solutions to the problem by using natural methods that can be applied to your particular situation.

One very important thing to remember is that stress can play a big part in making you not feel very well. This is a problem that I had when I was very sick, I found it really difficult to start with to be able to keep the stress under control.

After I learned some techniques to be able to help me with that I was much better able to keep the stress in check and give my body a much better chance to heal instead of being in the fight/flight mode. 

 

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