- Support Group
Have support group questions? Please contact Allison Benson, RN, at 254-724-4485
Treatment works to decrease the inflammation in the GI system, allowing healing and relief from diarrhea, rectal bleeding and abdominal pain. The goal with treatment is to control the symptoms and put the disease into remission.
Over-the-counter (OTC) Medications
Talk to your physician about using OTC medications for controlling symptoms like diarrhea and gas. You’ll want to ask about using acetaminophen over non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, Advil® and Motrin® (ibuprofen), and Aleve® (naproxen) as these may irritate your digestive system.
You and your provider will work on a maintenance medication plan that is specific to your needs. It is important that you follow medication instructions, even if you are feeling fine.
Many patients respond well to medication treatments and will not require surgery. When medical therapies are not controlling the disease, surgery may be required.
Patients with Crohn’s disease may need surgery to repair a fistula or fissure, stricture (intestinal obstruction), or an abdominal abscess. Surgery will not cure Crohn’s disease because the disease frequently recurs around the repair.
Patients with ulcerative colitis may need surgery for complications like bleeding, rupture of the bowel and toxic megacolon. Surgery may be an option to remove the entire colon and rectum (proctocolectomy) if medical therapies are not enough to control the disease or there are precancerous changes. Surgery will cure ulcerative colitis once the colon is removed. Because ulcerative colitis affects the immune system, some symptoms such as joint pain or skin conditions will recur.