Facing a lifelong disease can be a lot to take in. Perhaps your mind is filled with questions and concerns. It is entirely normal to have these feelings, but there is help.
Let’s start with the basics: Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are chronic (lifelong) inflammatory diseases that affect the digestive system. Together, they are known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract from the mouth to anus, while ulcerative colitis is associated with inflammation in the large intestine. About 10%-15% of people with inflammation of the colon have indeterminate colitis, which means it is difficult to determine whether they have CD or UC. IBD is often confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but they are different conditions.
The links below will get you started on the path to managing your disease. If you have specific questions, contact our IBD Help Center!
- What is Crohn's disease?
- What is ulcerative colitis?
- Diet and nutrition
- Chapters in your area
- Find a healthcare professional
- Financial and insurance information
- Get support
- Resources for parents