Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Patients Can Benefit From IV Therapy Treatment
Both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are classified as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) which causes inflammation of the digestive tract, that often leads to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition.
Crohn’s: The inflammation caused by Crohn’s can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people. While there is no known cure for Crohn’s disease, some therapies can reduce the symptoms of the inflammation.
Ulcerative Colitis: The inflammation caused by Ulcerative Colitis (UC) involves inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Symptoms usually develop over time, rather than suddenly.
One common risk factor in these types of patients is becoming dehydrated due to the nature of the illness. Dehydration is more serious than it sounds – especially in someone who is already battling IBD. You’re probably having abdominal pain, feeling nauseous, and running to the bathroom frequently.
We become dehydrated when our bodies are depleted of water. This can happen through a combination of causes, such as not drinking enough water or fluids, or losing too much body fluid (for example through vomiting, sweating, or diarrhea). Hydration alone could help these symptoms.
Dehydration may not be a problem for everyone with Crohn’s or Colitis. However, you may be more likely to become dehydrated if:
- You have frequent or watery diarrhea
- You are not drinking enough water due to a loss of appetite
- You have had your colon removed
- You have an ileostomy (stoma)
- You have a very short bowel because of extensive surgery
- You have bile salt malabsorption. This can happen if you have Crohn’s in the ileum (the lower part of the small intestine), or you have had a resection in that area.
Signs of Mild Dehydration
One of the first signs of dehydration is just being thirsty. Mild dehydration also causes a dry mouth, headaches, tiredness, and a lack of energy. Feeling faint on standing up is another symptom of dehydration. If you only pass urine a few times a day, and can only pass small amounts, you may be mildly dehydrated. Another early sign of dehydration is dark yellow urine. Dehydration can also cause some constipation, which may be a problem for those with proctitis (inflammation in the rectum).
Contact us at IV Drip Ladies before your mild dehydration becomes more serious. If you are dealing with a serious illness such as Crohn’s or UC, you don’t want to make things worse by letting yourself getting dehydrated. Talk to us about setting up a regular IV therapy schedule that you can utilize during a flare-up. And as always, we recommend that you speak with your doctor first.