Complications of Crohn’s Disease

Crohns Complications

Complications of Crohn’s Disease (and How to Spot Them) Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease is an adventure all by itself. You never know from one day to the next how your day is going to go or what surprises await you. I thought it might be helpful, particularly for new patients, if I wrote a two-part series of complications that can…

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Are You Really That Sick?


Are You Really That Sick? Your colon is screaming at you and you can’t stay out of the bathroom. You can’t hold any food or water down. Your joints feel like they are performing some cruel black magic on you. You’re malnourished, dehydrated and anemic. Your hair is falling out and your face is puffed up like a balloon….

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J-Pouch Construction

J-Pouch Creation

J-Pouch Creation I’ve been going through a series on the J-Pouch to help patients better understand what it is and what life with one is like. In continuing with the series, I decided to write a post about the creation of the J-Pouch. Maybe I’m strange, but I was very interested in every last detail of how it was…

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What is a J-Pouch?


What is a J-Pouch? Many patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) undergo a procedure called the ileal-pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA). IPAA is also known as J-Pouch surgery. Sources vary, but in my research, I’ve read that anywhere from 15-50% of ulcerative colitis patients will eventually have surgery. The IPAA procedure involves removing the entire colon and rectum. A pouch, or reservoir is then created…

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