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What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?

IBD describes conditions that cause long-term inflammation in the digestive tract. There are two main diseases that fall under this umbrella; Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. 

  • Crohn’s: 
  • Ulcerative Colitis: 

With IBD, you may feel and experience:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Stomach cramp 
  • Weight loss
  • Feeling tired
  • Dehydration
  • Skin sores
  • Not feeling hungry
  • Sudden urges to have bowel
  • Pain or bleeding with bowel movements
  • Not being able to hold your stool in

What should I do to relieve my IBD?

  • Limit your fiber intake
  • Reduce Stress
  • Eat smaller meals
  • Keep a food journal


How is it diagnosed:

  • Blood tests
  • Stool samples
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • X Rays

Treatments include: 

  • Biologics
  • Medication
  • Surgery

These signs and symptoms could signal an underlying digestive condition. Intestinal symptoms can be embarrassing — but don’t let embarrassment keep you from seeking help.


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