According to a study published in the journal Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine, high levels of fear and anxiety can affect the psychosocial functioning of people with ulcerative colitis. Psychosocial functioning reflects a person's ability to engage in relationships, meet the demands of his community and perform day-to-day activities.
In their study, Polish researchers identified determinants of the level of anxiety and fear in a group of patients with ulcerative colitis. This chronic inflammatory bowel disease affects the mucous membrane of the large intestine and manifests itself through diarrhea with blood, mucus and pus. Ulcerative colitis is also known to progress with periods of relapses and remissions.
Treatment for ulcerative colitis is a long-term process that not only includes improving a patient's clinical condition and quality of life, but also minimizing disease-related anxiety and fears. For their study, the researchers recruited 102 patients that have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. They collected data from these patients using the following:
The researchers also used statistical parametric and non-parametric tests to analyze the data they gathered.
The researchers reported that 64 percent of the recruited patients were in the active phase of the disease. Most of them (73 percent) expressed high levels of fear and anxiety about the impact of ulcerative colitis, their intimate life, the complications of the disease and stigmatization. Among these concerns, disease complications and impact caused the highest levels of fear and anxiety among the patients.
The researchers concluded that, besides the disease and its symptoms, high levels of anxiety and fear influence the psychosocial functioning of patients with ulcerative colitis.
While ulcerative colitis has no known cure, there are natural remedies that can give people relief from its symptoms and occasional flare-ups. Common symptoms of this disease include fever, bloody stools, loss of appetite, anemia, rapid heart rate and digestive problems.
Here are some natural treatments that people with ulcerative colitis can try: (h/t to MedicalNewsToday.com)
Modern treatments for the disease usually involve the use of medications, such as steroidal drugs, immune modifiers, antibiotics and medications that address diarrhea or nausea. And while these drugs can offer relief, they are also known to cause adverse effects, such as dizziness, loss of appetite and unfavorable changes in mood and sleep patterns.
To avoid unwanted side effects, stick to natural remedies that work just as well as conventional medications. You can learn about other remedies and ways to deal with digestive problems naturally at Digestion.news.