Coping successfully with Ulcerative Colitis, Paperback

Coping successfully with Ulcerative Colitis Paperback

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Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and sores in the top layers of the lining of the large intestine.

The inflammation usually occurs in the rectum and lower part of the colon, but it may affect the entire colon.

The inflammation makes the colon empty frequently, causing diarrhea.

Ulcerative colitis occurs most often in people ages 15 to 40, although children and older people sometimes develop the disease.

Ulcerative colitis affects men and women equally and appears to run in some families.

There are 90,000 sufferers in the UK and 400,000 in the United States.

This book covers; Causes; Diagnosis; Treatments; Surgery; Living with an ileostomy or a pouch; Living with ulcerative colitis, including emotional issues and effects on the family; Diet; Ulcerative Colitis in young people; Fertility and pregnancy; Probiotics; Future developments; Sources of help


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Coping with illness
  • ISBN: 9780859699174



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When I got my diagnosis through, I thought my problems were treatable. It wasn't until after my second visit to my consultant that I realised I was suffering from a long term condition. Until I read this book, I had not idea how long-term that was!I found this book extremely helpful and very easy to read. It answered most of the questions I had about my dis-ease and there was information I had not even considered. As a first step to understanding what I was facing, this book was ideal.The layout is logical and the information presented for the lay person. Medical terms are used, but only after they have introduced and explained in the text first. There is an introduction, which informs the reader, accurately, about the contents of the book, giving the basics, such as the nature of ulcerative colitis, it cause, diagnoses and treatments in a one or two paragraph summation of each chapter. The chapters are as follows:What causes ulcerative colitis?Diagnosis and testsTreatmentsDietLiving with ulcerative colitisNon-intestinal complicationsSurgeryLiving with an ileostomy or a pouchSpecial circumstancesProbiotics and prebioticsFuture developmentsThe book also has the following sections:Glossary;Sources of help;Further reading; andIndex.Mr Cartwright offers a simple, very easy to read book, which is peppered throughout with personal anecdotes from those living with the condition, displaying the variances in symptoms and sufferers. I think reading about the experiences of others enabled greater comprehension of the material being presented.Overall, a great introduction to ulcerative colitis, its management and future expectations.Rating: 5/5