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Why am I having symptoms in other parts of my body, too?
As if having disease in your intestines isn't enough of a bummer, IBD likes to make trouble throughout your body. Nobody's 100% sure why this is, but it's most likely because your immune system is reacting to the intestinal
inflammation by triggering inflammation in other organs and body systems. Not everybody gets these other symptoms (sometimes called "extraintestinal" or "systemic" symptoms), but if you do, they're a normal part of having IBD.
Give me some numbers! What are the most current IBD-related statistics?
Here are some quick IBD-related facts and figures:
A little history, please. How long has IBD been around?
We have no way of knowing for sure how long humans have experienced IBD before we had a name and treatment for it, although there have been reports throughout the centuries -- as early as the year 850 A.D.! -- of people suffering from intestinal problems that were probably Crohn's or UC. But here's the official history:
Ulcerative colitis was first described by two doctors -- Dr. Wilks and Dr. Moxon -- in 1875. Before that time, all diseases that involved chronic diarrhea were believed to be caused by infections and bacteria. Wilks and Moxon were the first
to identify the disease as being from a non-infectious cause.
If you have Crohn's, you may be wondering, "Who is this person whose name is forever connected to my life?" That's Dr. Burrill Crohn, a doctor at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York City. In 1932, Dr. Crohn and two of his colleagues, Dr. Leon Ginzburg and Dr. Gordon D. Oppenheimer, published a paper describing the features of what is known today as Crohn's disease (because Dr. Crohn's name came first, alphabetically, on the paper's byline).