Crohns or Ulcerative Colitis

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   Posted 7/24/2008 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Which disease is the worst? Is Ulcerative Colitis more serious or Crohn's Disease?

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   Posted 7/24/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I think Crohns is worse as there is no cure. With UC you can have surgery to remove it, but even with surgery, Crohns comes back.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 7/24/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Well it depends on how serious your individual case is. Both have similar symptoms but Crohns has a wide range of extraintestinal manifestations UC lacks. On the other hand, UC is more likely to cause bleeding, and UC patients are usually at a somewhat higher risk of developing colon cancer as a result of the long term inflammation. So it's a flip of the coin. A really severe case of either will likely lead to major life impediments and surgeries. A more mild case of either will be controlled fairly well with medication and diet. It's kind of like asking which is worse, a broken arm or a broken leg . . .

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   Posted 7/24/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Bottom line, crohn's is more serious because it can affect your entire GI tract ( mouth to anus) and also for part of this reason can be tougher to get under control, UC is limited to the colon/rectom area only, it too has the same extraintestinal manifestations, EXCEPT for fistulas, those are CD related only, obstructions/blockages are more common with CD than with UC, so CD is worse that UC in those regards...

Symptoms wise, you could have a mild crohnie compared to a severe UCer which would make the UCer somewhat worse off, symptom wise.


p.s.  I'd rather have a broken arm than a broken leg, my legs carry my entire body and there are bigger bones in the legs than the arms which could make for a tougher recovery.


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 7/24/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
In my opinion they both suck ;)

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   Posted 7/24/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd say Crohn's, since it can't be cured with surgery, and has a whole load of complications that effect outside of the intestines.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapering down from 10 mg again, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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