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Managing Stress While Living with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

Managing Stress While Living with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

Like many chronic illnesses, living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis can be extremely stressful. While stress does not cause the condition, it can certainly make symptoms worse. There are, however, many lifestyle changes that can help manage these symptoms and make life easier.  A 2010 Canadian study found that after working with 552 patients with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis over the course of a year, the risk of symptoms flaring increased when the patients were feeling stressed. For this reason, it is exceedingly important for patients to manage their...
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Emerging Treatments for Crohn’s and Colitis

Emerging Treatments for Crohn’s and Colitis

Medical records Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis date back to the late 1800s. The exact cause of these conditions are still unknown, however, they have been linked to a combination of environmental factors, immune function and bacterial factors, as well as a patient’s genetic susceptibility to developing the disease. There are approximately 233,000 Canadians living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Nearly half of them, 104,000, live with ulcerative colitis and 129,000 live with Crohn’s disease. Treatments and drug therapies do not follow a “one size fits all” model...
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Pop Culture: Crohn’s Disease Inspiration in Alien

Pop Culture: Crohn’s Disease Inspiration in Alien

  Did you know that Crohn’s disease was the inspiration for the 1979 science fiction horror film Alien? The iconic film put filmmaker Ridley Scott on the map and was an international blockbuster hit. It was written by Dan O’Bannon, who was screenwriter who also spent a short time working with George Lucas as a computer animator on the Star Wars films. O’Bannon’s experience with Crohn’s disease from a very early age and according to a book, Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror, by New York Times...
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Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Roundup

Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Roundup

Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis affects thousands of Canadians. Many feel that they have to suffer in silence and isolation because of the stigma that surrounds their disease. At Share Lawyers, we know how these conditions can negatively impact your life, and want to assure you that you are not alone.   Here is a roundup of Share Lawyers post about or including information and stories about Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis: Disabilities That Often Go Overlooked Some conditions that qualify for disability coverage may surprise you. While some disabilities are conditions...
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Conditions That Are Difficult to Diagnose: Part Two

Share Lawyers understands finding your way to a diagnosis can sometimes be a lengthy, frustrating, and emotionally exhausting venture. When it comes to figuring out the underlying cause of your symptoms, information can be your greatest tool. In addition to our previous post about conditions that are difficult to diagnose which includes: Hyperthyroidism, Lupus, MS, Lyme disease, and Fibromyalgia, this post in the two-part series includes information about additional conditions which are often difficult to diagnose, misdiagnosed, or even missed all together. Celiac disease...
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Ask A Lawyer: Crohn’s and Colitis

Ask A Lawyer: Crohn’s and Colitis

Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis can present in different symptoms depending on the individual. Usually those affected are diagnosed between the ages of 15-30, but flare ups and variance in symptoms are very common. When your Crohn’s disease and colitis are making it too difficult to work, and you are applying for short or long term benefits so you can take the time to focus and be well, it can be challenging when you face a denied claim from your insurance provider. Share Lawyers is here with some answers when it comes to some questions you might have when dealing with...