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Crohn's and Colitis For Dummies

Crohn's and Colitis For Dummies

Tauseef Ali, David T. Rubin (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-118-43970-8

May 2013

336 pages

$12.99

Description

The ultimate reference for those with Crohn's and colitis and their family and friends

Crohn's disease and colitis are frustrating, often debilitating gastrointestinal diseases that can have a severe impact on the overall health of those who suffer from them. According to the latest estimates, more than 600,000 patients in North America have Crohn's disease. Written by a physician specialising in the treatment of IBDs, Crohn's and Colitis For Dummies is a complete plain-English guide to understanding, treating, and living well with these diseases.

  • Helps readers actively recognize symptoms of Crohn's and colitis and explains the diagnostic procedures doctors use to identify these diseases
  • Outlines how the whole body is affected by Crohn's and colitis, and the potential hazards of letting the disease go untreated
  • Offers expert advice and guidance on controlling Crohn's and colitis with diet and outlines the treatment options of medicines and surgery, including the various risks and benefits of each
  • Provides practical advice for parents of children with Crohn's and colitis with insights into how children's treatment options can differ from those of adults
Forword xxi

Introduction 1

Part I: The Who, What, and Why of Crohn’s and Colitis 7

Chapter 1: Crohn’s and Colitis One Step at a Time 9

Chapter 2: Defi ning Crohn’s and Colitis 13

Chapter 3: How the Digestive System Works 41

Chapter 4: Who Gets Crohn’s and Colitis and Why 53

Part II: Getting Medical Help  67

Chapter 5: Assembling Your Healthcare Team 69

Chapter 6: Getting a Diagnosis 77

Chapter 7: Taking Medications for Crohn’s and Colitis 93

Chapter 8: Considering Surgery 117

Part III: Healing and Dealing with the Disease  141

Chapter 9: Paying Attention to What You Eat 143

Chapter 10: Preventing Health Problems 165

Chapter 11: Alternative and Complementary Therapies 181

Part IV: Living and Coping with Crohn’s and Colitis  195

Chapter 12:Living with Crohn’s and Colitis 197

Chapter 13:Avoiding Triggers 211

Chapter 14:Working and Traveling with Crohn’s and Colitis 225

Part V: Considering Special Populations with Crohn’s and Colitis  237

Chapter 15: Kids with Crohn’s and Colitis239

Chapter 16: Having Sex and Getting Pregnant with Crohn’s and Colitis 255

Part VI: The Part of Tens  269

Chapter 17: Ten Myths about Infl ammatory Bowel Disease 271

Chapter 18: Ten Reliable Resources 279

Glossary 287

Index  297