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
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
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
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
Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy
Thinking of doing a cleanse or detox? Our dietitian weighs in on the pros and cons.
If you have IBD, it might be time to start reading your food labels more carefully. Here’s why.
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
Vomiting can be tied to different conditions that may pass on their own. In other cases, you may need a trip to the emergency room for intravenous fluids. Know when to worry and when to go to the doctor.
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
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