IBD’s Many Comorbid Conditions

IBD’s Many Comorbid Conditions
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis often come with comorbid conditions, which can be described as secondary health problems. Comorbidity means that more than one disease (a comorbid condition) can occur in a patient's body. (Multimorbidity refers to more than two diseases manifesting in the same patient.) Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients have to worry about many other conditions piggybacking on their illness, including additional chronic diseases and extraintestinal manifestations. Doctors diagnosed me with Crohn’s disease in 2016. Later, they diagnosed me with fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, depression, anxiety, and more. And my medical care team and I have been talking costochondritis lately. Put simply, I am a multimorbidity patient. I have found in IBD forums that it is pretty common to say that “you cannot just have one illness.” Additional diagnoses are not always directly caused by IBD. Regardless, secondary conditions work alongside extraintestinal manifestations and can complicate IBD management and inflammation. Delineating potential diseases for the general IBD population is not easy, as each patient has symptoms and manifestations individual to their disease and body. No two patients suffer the same symptoms, so getting a Crohn’s disease diagnosis can take years for some patients; adding additional comorbid conditions can make it extra difficult to differentiate between diagnoses' symptoms and the diagnoses' respective management plans' side effects. Following are some of IBD's comorbid conditions to be aware of: Fistulas and obstructions Fistulas, abscesses,
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