Avoid 8 Common Triggers to Make Your Life With MS Easier

If you have multiple sclerosis, you can do things to help limit unpredictable flare-ups of pain, dizziness, numbness and imbalance. In particular, people with relapsing-remitting MS, can take steps to avoid certain behaviors and situations that trigger MS flare-ups or relapses. Neurologist Alexander Rae-Grant, MD, identifies eight triggers that may lead to relapses or flare-ups. Avoid these … Read More

If You Have a Colostomy Bag, Embrace the Freedom It Offers

A Facebook post by aspiring model Bethany Townsend, 23, went viral in June, when Ms. Townsend posted a picture of herself in a bikini that revealed her toned body — and her colostomy bags. She has worn them since 2010 to help manage her Crohn’s disease. Townsend’s shame-free attitude about needing to wear colostomy bags is exactly what colorectal … Read More

4 Best Ways to Take Control of Abdominal Adhesions

If you’re facing surgery, you’ve probably wondered about what your scar will look like. But have you stopped to think about those other scars – the ones on the inside? You should. These inner scars – tough tissue bands that form between your abdominal tissues and organs – can develop after surgery. Also known as … Read More

Living on Liquids: How an IV-Only Diet Works

For most of us, the smell of our favorite meal cooking on the stove might inspire a little taste test. But for some people, taking any kind of forkful isn’t an option. Approximately 40,000 people in the U.S. rely solely on intravenous fluids (IV) to meet their caloric and nutritional needs. This therapy is known … Read More

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When Fistula Interferes With Your Life, Get Help

If your bowels and urinary tract are like a plumbing system, a fistula is like an untrained plumber. It connects things that should not be connected. Fistula is a condition in which organs or vessels in your body form abnormal passageways. For example, a connection forms between the anus and vagina or the bladder and … Read More

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Your Eyes: A Window to Your Health

The old saying goes that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they can also be a window into your health. Ophthalmologists often see clues in the eyes that warn of health issues elsewhere in your body. “Any ophthalmologist who does routine eye exams can detect these problems,” says ophthalmologist Richard Gans, MD. … Read More

Swimming a Great Lake for a Great Cause

When Ryan Stevens was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, he was only 36. Eating, itself, was a chore that made him extremely tired with chronic diarrhea. He had been a runner and swimmer, but he soon became lethargic as the disease took hold, and he lost 65 pounds. Surgery changed his life. After Cleveland Clinic surgeons … Read More