Is it Crohns or Ulcerative Colitis?

In Lesli Paterson's blog she tells us that while both of these diseases may seem very similar on paper, there is a very subtle difference between Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s. She explains that the biggest difference between Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease is the area of the body that it affects. In Crohns Disease, your entire intestinal tract can be affected but with ulcerative colitis it is only the large intestine that is affected.

Surgery is a very real option with ulcerative colitis because the disease can be isolated to a portion of the intestine that can be safely removed. This does, however, have some significant repercussions. It may result in the fact that the individual may never have a normal bowel movement again. Instead their stool will be passed in to a bag that they must carry with them.

Treating a flare up of Crohn’s Disease is far more difficult because it is difficult to track down what part of the intestine is being affected. Dietary changes is suggested and monitored for effective treatment. Surgery is often ineffective and may not be worth the risk.

While this is the biggest difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, it is not the only difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Other differences include symptoms for ulcerative colitis that include bloody diarrhea. This is generally not found in Crohn’s Disease.

As you can see the important and subtle difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease will have a huge affect on how the disease is treated. Each has different options for treatment and in many cases will use the same methods. When using natural methods, the treatments for the two diseases may be very similar.

Lesli Paterson
April 14th, 2010