Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term that encompasses ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease. These two conditions can significantly disrupt your daily life with symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, fever, and fatigue. Fortunately, doctors now have a much better understanding of these diseases, and many treatment
Acrucial weapon in the fight against arthritis is medication that, in some cases, slows disease progression as well as easing pain, maximizing joint function, and improving quality of life. There is no one-size-fits-all solution—trial and error may be required to find the drug (or drug combination) that works for you.
Among the infinite number of conditions that could do harm to your skin are the 30+ discussed in this chapter. They range (alphabetically) from athlete’s foot to wrinkles.
Bacterial and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot) develop because feet spend a lot of time in the perfect breeding ground of warm,
Back pain is a common complaint. Most often the cause is something like a pulled muscle or overstretched ligament, and it is short-lived. Deterioration of cartilage and disks in the spine can also lead to back problems. For a smaller number of people with back pain, the cause is ankylosing
People with the digestive disease ulcerative colitis (UC) have learned the hard way that eating certain foods can make symptoms worse.
“What you eat directly affects gut inflammation, your immune system, and your gut bacteria,” says Colleen Webb, RDN, a dietitian at Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
illions of Americans suffer on a daily basis from the pain, reduced mobility, and loss of function caused by arthritis. The condition can significantly affect work, leisure, and home life. Chronic pain, a common feature in arthritis, can rob the sufferer of his or her joy and zest for life.
Imagine that you have been offered a promotion. You work for a company that manufactures one of the most complex, sophisticated products known to man. The product weighs about six pounds and covers 20 square feet. It has multiple functions, millions of moving parts, can easily be damaged, and has
If you’re female, you have a significantly increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA)—about 75 percent of people with RA are women.
“While it is well known that RA is more common in women than in men, the reason for this is not understood,” says Susan Goodman, MD, a rheumatologist at
The large intestine is about six feet long. It is here that water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed from partly digested food. The remaining solid waste then moves from the colon into the rectum as stool.
Many people believe they are constipated if they don’t have a bowel movement at
Doctors have at their disposal a broad array of arthritis medications: some fast-acting and widely used, some that run the risk of dependence. Your prescription will depend on the severity of your condition.
The first tier in the drug pharmacopeia available is called “the first line” of available arthritis medications. They’re