Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the digestive tract. There are several types of inflammatory bowel disease, but most common among these are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Here are the major inflammatory bowel disease causes, symptoms, and treatments that can help. What is inflammatory bowel [...]
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Uncomfortable and inconvenient are two words that best describe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but there is so much more. Irritable bowel syndrome is a very common condition that affects the colon and causes cramping, pain in the abdomen, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. There is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome but [...]
Imagine a disease where your body stops recognizing parts of itself and begins to attack healthy tissue it sees as “invaders.” While this may sound like the plot of a science fiction novel, there are conditions that do just that. Autoimmune disorders develop when the immune system malfunctions in a [...]
If you're suffering from pain in and around your pelvic area, you're suffering from pelvic pain. Since this is a larger area of the body, however, the causes of your pain can be wide-ranging. Here's what you should know about pelvic pain. Where is the pelvis located? Pelvic pain [...]
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be painful, unsettling, and, at its worst, potentially life threatening. It's also commonly called IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) so you'll see that term throughout this post. Both are an umbrella term that encompasses a large group of intestinal disorders that cause chronic inflammation along the [...]
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for three months or more, beyond the expected range of recovery for a specific illness or injury. A 2015 National Institutes of Health study reported that 11% percent of people in the U.S. (more than 25 million) experienced pain every day for [...]
We're only just beginning to understand how stress affects the body. We cover some of the most frequently-asked questions when it comes to pain and stress, such as "can stress cause back pain?" and "what are the best stress management techniques?" in this post. What is stress? Have you ever [...]
There isn't just one type of doctor that treats fibromyalgia. Patients benefit from the combined knowledge of a variety of doctors, both generalists and specialists in different treatment approaches. Read on to learn what kind of doctor treats fibromyalgia as well as how to find the best fibromyalgia doctors in [...]
When treating chronic pain, narcotic opioids should be considered if pain cannot be otherwise controlled. Although these medications can be dangerous and addicting, they can also be effective when used appropriately.
Inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) occurs when some or all of the intestinal tract becomes inflamed. Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine, but Crohn’s disease can cause inflammation at any part of the intestine. Although IBS symptoms can make life miserable, there is hope to be found through creating an IBS [...]