On-and-off abdominal pain and cramps are some of the most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.Pain and cramping are particularly common symptoms if you have inflammation in the small intestine, which can occur with Crohn’s disease.However, inflammation anywhere in the digestive tract could cause abdominal pain. You may feel pain around the belly button or on the lower right side of the abdomen.It often occurs 1 to 2 hours after eating but can occur at any time with no obvious cause.The pain may be so severe that you eat less—or avoid eating—to prevent pain and cramping.
For many patients, abdominal pain gets worse when inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) flares up.Active inflammation can cause pain. Pain can also be a sign of an obstruction or abscess. However, people with IBD may have abdominal pain during remission, too. Inflammation can make the nerves more sensitive. It may cause lasting changes that contribute to pain during remission.Ongoing abdominal pain can impact your overall well-being. Fear of pain can reduce your quality of life. Abdominal pain has been linked to depression in children and teenagers with IBD.6
What other conditions can cause abdominal pain?
There are dozens of conditions that can cause pain and cramping in the abdomen. Conditions that are sometimes confused with IBD
- Stomach ulcers
- Stomach irritation (gastritis)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional disorder. It causes similar symptoms as inflammatory bowel disease, including pain and cramping. However, irritable bowel syndrome does not damage the intestine the way Crohn’s disease does.
How common is abdominal pain?
An estimated 50% to 70% of adults have abdominal pain when their inflammatory bowel disease flares. About 20% have pain even when the disease is in remission.
How is abdominal pain evaluated?
If your abdominal pain and cramps get worse, it could be a sign that your inflammatory bowel disease is flaring up. It may be necessary to see your health care provider. You may need blood or stool tests to check for signs of inflammation. Your provider may want to do procedures such as colonoscopy or upper endoscopy, computed tomography (CT) scan, or small-bowel follow-through. These procedures are done to check for inflammation, obstruction, or abscess.
How is abdominal pain treated?
If abdominal pain is a sign of a Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis flare, the goal is to treat the underlying disease. Pain and cramps should improve within a few weeks of treatment. If there is no improvement, you may need further evaluation. Your provider may need to check for complications.
Pain medications can be helpful. Some health care providers recommend acetaminophen or inhibitors instead of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In a high-quality study, people were randomly assigned to the COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib or fake treatment (placebo). There was no difference in disease flares between the 2 groups. In a different trial, people were less like to have a disease flare with acetaminophen than with an NSAID.
An estimated 1 in 6 people with inflammatory bowel disease use opioid medications regularly for pain. This use of opioids is controversial. Opioids often cause problems with the digestive tract function. Additionally, there is a risk of abuse. Nevertheless, it is important for providers to recognize when there is a legitimate need for adequate pain relief.Patients who discuss opioid medications with their providers should not be automatically labeled as “drug-seekers.”
Sometimes, the pain is very difficult to control, even with medication. Your health care provider may suggest therapy or antidepressants in order to help you cope with the unrelenting pain. Antidepressants have not been well studied in people with inflammatory bowel disease. Therapy may improve anxiety, depression, and coping skills. However, it does not improve Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
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Chi Detox Patches
We all carry toxins around in our body. They accumulate as we live: nasties like environmental poisons, chemicals we breathe in or ingest, waste products from foods all get stored in our body tissue. Chi Detox Patches are a unique, non-invasive way to help detox the whole body. Each patch contains a unique formula of highly purified powder extract of a blend of herbs and minerals used in Chinese Medicine. They target the reflex points under our feet, which have 62 acupuncture points.
Simply apply them at night. When you remove the patches in the morning, you can see the changes: their colour will show you that they have absorbed sweat from your feet over night.
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Botanical Syrup the solution to a stubborn cough
Irish Botanica Botanical Syrup has helped many to find relief for the first time from a stubborn cough
Irish Botanica Botanical Syrup is a cough remedy that I told you about last year. Many of you who tried it found it amazing and got relief for the first time from a stubborn cough. But, unfortunately, the suppliers ran out of stock and left many of you disappointed that you couldn’t try it for yourself. Nobody could have predicted the demand. The good news is that it’s back in stock and your local health store should be able to order it in for you.
Botanical Syrup was developed by Medicinal Herbalist David Foley. Botanical Syrup contains herbs which can help ease all stubborn and difficult to shift coughs, clear congestion, decrease mucus, and relieve the symptoms of asthma, hay fever, and bronchitis. What’s great about the blend is that as well as the herbs to treat coughs it also contains Vitamin C, Liquorice and Ginseng which are included for their immune supporting properties and also their ability to relieve the effects of stress on the body.
It’s a fantastic combination of herbs which work well together including White Horehound which can decrease and thin the mucus in the bronchial tubes and lungs.
Mullein is used to help clear congestion and phlegm. Plantain eases sore throats, coughs, and bronchitis. It protects and strengthens the lining of the throat and lungs. Cinnamon is included for its mild antiseptic properties. Ginseng will help your body cope with stress and at the same time it will support immune function helping you to stay well. Aniseed helps clear mucus from the airways, and adds the flavour to the mix. Liquorice will help to reduce dryness and has an anti-spasmodic effect helping to ease a cough.
Last year I had amazing feedback from people all around the country. Many of you also told your friends and family about how effective it was. I would say that approx. 8 out of 10 people who tried it got relief from a stubborn cough. So I’m happy to remind you of it so you can see if it can help you too. Remember to check with your doctor if you’re on medication.
If you too have a stubborn cough then it might be worth your while trying this remedy, Botanical Syrup, it’s a fantastic Irish made product
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