Whilst people are becoming more aware of colitis through increasing amounts of information being made available, the problem still faced is that the causes of colitis, unfortunately, can’t be easily categorized and defined because there is still insufficient understanding as to why it develops in the first place. But that should not stop sufferers from at least being aware of why it might happen and what does not cause it.
Once diagnosed, a person will naturally attempt to pursue the cause, why it has occurred and if it could have possibly been prevented. As with any disease that has no clear and acknowledged explanation, theories as to their cause emerge and colitis is no different. A sufferer should, therefore, be aware of claims that a cure for colitis is to hand and can be achieved if some particular action is taken. At this point in time there is no medical cure for colitis but that does not mean that the symptoms can’t be brought under some form of control through the use of medication, diet and lifestyle changes instigated by the sufferer.
So what should you look out for when the term “causes of colitis” is used? The sufferer will come across a lot of advice about the role of diet and there are even some attractive claims to suggest that by strictly following a rigorously formulated diet, there will be a high chance that colitis is “cured”. These claims have to be approached very warily and the question has to be asked if the person, who supposedly is diagnosed with colitis, has the disease in the first place. It can happen that rather than colitis symptoms being experienced it is, in fact, inflammatory bowel syndrome which produces symptoms similar to colitis but in a much milder form and which can be brought under control through the use of diet and some medication. In a similar vein, those that do have colitis and are experiencing continued yet mild symptoms should examine their dietary habits and perhaps alter them by avoiding specific foods that can have a major and debilitating effect on their bowel activity. By undertaking this, the symptoms may reduce or even disappear yet, and it is important to recognize and understand this, this does not mean the person is now cured. For this case there requires to be acknowledgment that the person was perhaps suffering food intolerance with the cure being the elimination of the food from the diet.
In addition to diet, another major misconception surrounding the causes of colitis is that to experience a high level of stress, perhaps over a period of time, can be to blame. Though yet again this can be seen as jumping to the wrong conclusion. If a period of high stress is experienced over a period of time this can obviously affect the body in many ways resulting in different reactions. Having regard to the intestines, often these are a weakness for many people especially when faced with what can be a stressful situation. It is essential to understand that colitis may have already developed in an area of the large colon and symptoms can then be triggered by a period of stress.
Yet there is normally a secret to bring some success in managing the condition in order to reduce the impact it has on daily life? It is to understand the changes that occur within the large colon when colitis strikes and manage them accordingly. There are of course a lot of concerns for those newly diagnosed with the disease and it is often better to concentrate not on the causes of colitis but how to live with it. One of the most effective methods of achieving this is by searching for and using the colitis experience of others in order that someone newly diagnosed can cope as best they can.