Stem Cell Therapy for Ulcerative Colitis in Scottsdale Arizona
Symptoms of Ulcerative ColitisThe symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis vary from minor to debilitating to one’s quality of life. The diagnoses is made once a patient presents with a flare. Flares can last weeks to months. The symptoms include multiple bowel moements per day up to 20 per day with blood. Chronic abdominal pain with cramping and nausea, extreme fatigue and anemia are also common. Patients with IBD are extremely malnourished due to the inability to absorb nutrients from their food. For this reason, they get sick often, lose hair, and have overall weakness. If quality of life has been diminished by this potentially terminal illness it’s time to look at something that may just change your life.
Ulcerative Colitis Treatments
The treatment for UC does not vary much from patient to patient. In general, prednisone is used to treat the flares. Some patients stay on a low dose for long term. Others maintain the symptoms by taking a biologic and use the prednisone only when having a flare. Unfortunately, biologics are immunosuppressive drugs which are never good to take for long term. This class of medications which are chemotherapy agents put you at risk for developing cancer and increase vulnerability to infections such as colds and flus. These drugs are metabolized by the kidneys and liver so you must closely monitored with blood work if taking them long term. The downfall of conventional treatments for IBD in general is that the goal is simply to control symptoms. The cause is not addressed so the treatment will never stop. The saddest thing is, managing symptoms does not prevent the possiblity of a partial or complete colectomy. Many who get diagnosed with ulcerative colitis are young adults. This leaves decades for the disease to progress, even with the management of symptoms.
Stem Cell Therapy for Ulcerative Colitis
Now there is a treatment that has shown to benefit patients long term. It has dramatic effects within just a few months. Patients report a significant improvement in quality of life. The number of bowel movements is reduced to a normal number and bleeding stops or is greatly reduced. The abdominal pain goes away, the patient gains weight, and gets sick less often. The most significant benefit is not having to live with life disrupting flares anymore.