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Crohn's and Colitis Awareness with CT Gastro's Dr. Kristin MacArthur on WTNH

December 1st through December 7th, 2019 is National Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week.

Crohn's and Colitis Awareness with Dr. Kristin MacArthur

Jennifer Levine from West Haven, CT was diagnosed with Colitis in February of 2018 after years of bouncing between doctors and being told nothing was wrong only to get sicker and sicker. Ultimately, her symptoms continued to progress, and she ended up in the hospital at her very worst. After performing a colonoscopy, Dr. Kristin MacArthur was able to give her a long-awaited diagnosis of Colitis. Dr. MacArthur now has her on an aggressive regimen of medicines, and she is continuing to improve. She has since learned that some of the things she was doing to turn her health around, such as quitting smoking and eating healthier, ended up contributing to how bad things got for her.

Approximately 1 in 250 people have Crohn’s or Colitis, making it a more common disease than one might think. Crohn's and Colitis arise from a dysregulated immune system, which causes inflammation in the GI tract, joints, eyes, skin, and other organs.

People with these diseases often have symptoms that can include diarrhea, pain, weight loss, fatigue, bleeding, and anemia. There is no cure, but many medications exist to control the inflammation.

For more information on Crohn's and Colitis and to hear Jennifer's story, watch the interview https://www.wtnh.com/on-air/gmct-at-nine/crohns-and-colitis-awareness-week/.

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