The difference between CD, and UC?

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   Posted 1/12/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I always try to read up on as much as I can on my illness(UC).  But it seems every site I go to bunches the 2 diseases together.
I was curious on how many famous people had UC, so I looked it up, but 80% of the people mentioned had CD, not UC.
They seem to make CD sound more serious for some reason.(using terms life threatening ect)
Can someone explain the largest difference in the 2?

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   Posted 1/12/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
The two diseases are lumped together because they are both considered IBD. CD can affect anywhere from the mouth to the anus whereas UC is limited to the colon/rectum. CD is a more difficult disease as there is no surgical cure.

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dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 1/12/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Crohn's also involves all of the layers of the gut wall, while UC only involes the inner, mucosal lining of the colon. Therefore, Crohn's commonly causes fistulas, blockage from scar tissue, and less commonly perforation. These can all be life-threatening. UC, on the other hand, rarely causes life-threatening conditions (although perforation can occur in certain circumstances when the disease is poorly controlled.) But statistically, the life expectancy for UC is no different than the general population.
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   Posted 1/12/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both for your fast responses.
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