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Constance Pietrzak, M.D.

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Constance Pietrzak, M.S., M.D., is a gastroenterologist with Advocate Medical Group in Chicago. Through her work with HealthCentral, she strives to expand knowledge on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Follow Constance on Facebook and Twitter for timely updates on IBD, and more.

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Living With

9 Tips for Talking to Friends About UC

Follow these great suggestions on ways educate your friends about life with IBD, so you can feel more comfortable and get the support you need.

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Symptoms

Sick and Tired: How to Deal With Fatigue From Ulcerative Colitis

For those of us with UC, fatigue can be physical, mental, or a combination of the two. These tips can help you manage it.

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Lifestyle

Sleepovers With UC: Tips for Overnight Stays

Staying outside your own home and potentially sharing a bathroom can cause some awkward moments with IBD. Here’s how to handle it.

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Medication

Your Top Questions About Biologics and Crohn's Answered

Biologics can seriously improve Crohn’s symptoms. Find out if they could help you.

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Treatment

Ask a GI: How Do Biologics Treat Crohn's Disease?

IBD treatment can be confusing—so we went straight to an expert to get your biologics questions answered.

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Myths

5 Myths About Small Bowel Obstructions

Having been an inflammatory bowel disease patient for years, Jackie thought she’d seen it all. Then she was hospitalized with an obstruction. Here’s what she learned.

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How to Eat When You Have Ulcerative Colitis

Need tips on what to eat with UC? Learn how to avoid diary products such as milk, cheese, and butter, watch your fruit and veggies, and more in this article.

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Supplements

Probiotics and Ulcerative Colitis: What Do We Know?

The gastrointestinal tract contains millions of tiny bacteria, which are beneficial and necessary for health. One way gut bacteria can be altered in a beneficial way is through the use of probiotics. Learn more about what they can do.

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Gastric

Are You Getting Enough Vitamins and Minerals?

Gastrointestinal tract disorders can change how vitamins and minerals are absorbed. Here's how to tell if you need supplements.

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Cost of Care

A Healthy Gut Need Not Be Expensive

Learn ways to keep costs low when caring for your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.