A: Ali wrote the book as a guide not only for patients, but for family members and friends of people who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease.
The book walks patients through different aspects of the disease. Each chapter addresses issues that IBD sufferers experience on a daily basis, such as what to eat and what to wear.
It also includes what happens when a female IBD patient is pregnant or when a child is diagnosed. The book offers advice for patients regarding their financial life, social life and sex life as well, he said.
“Sometimes they just don't want to ask these questions, or they don't have time to ask these questions,” Ali said. “Keeping that in mind, I wrote this book. I believe this could be a very excellent resource for patients, their family members and their friends.”
Ali said there are books about inflammatory bowel diseases, but many are outdated. As the number of people being diagnosed continues to grow, accurate and up-to-date information is growing even more necessary, Ali said.
Q: What treatment is available for IBD patients?
A: Ali said there are various treatments for patients with IBD, Crohn's or colitis, and lots of misinformation over what works best.
Many patients take anti-inflammatory drugs, he said. Some also take drugs that suppress the immune system, which can help prevent inflammation or keep it from progressing.
“You really need a physician who can understand different aspects of your disease,” he said. “The goal of the therapy is to not only control your symptoms but also to control your inflammation.”
Ali said it's important to find a doctor who's willing to help you find therapy that's cost-effective and offers minimal side effects.
A patient with Crohn's disease spends an average of $8,265 per year managing their illness, and a patient with ulcerative colitis spends $5,066, according to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
The foundation has resources available, including information on doctors who have experience with inflammatory bowel diseases.