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You are an active participant in  IBD Partners research prioritization process! Have you ever had a question about IBD that you wish science could answer? Tell us what research is important to you!

Here, you can submit a research idea to the community, cast your votes, and discuss research ideas proposed by other members. Please make your research question as specific as possible. Other members will vote on your research idea, and we will prioritize research ideas with the most votes.

You are allowed to vote for your own proposed research idea if you want. However, you can only vote for a total of five research ideas. If you have already cast your five votes and an idea you like even more is proposed, you can change your votes at any time to reflect your current preferences.

The research team will review all submitted ideas and provide a response to you and to the community. If your idea leads to an IBD Partners Study, you will have the opportunity to serve as a patient collaborator on the research team for that study.

We encourage you to prioritize the ideas that are most important to you, even if the research team determines that your idea is not a good fit for IBD Partners. We will share ideas labeled “Not a Good Fit” with researchers outside of our network when appropriate. We want to make sure all of your votes count!

Thanks for your participation in this important platform to help the IBD research community understand what research questions are important to patients. We are passionate about finding answers to your questions!

Proposed Idea              

Does medicinal marijuana have an anti-inflammatory response on IBD patients?

The numbers of IBD patients using medicinal marijuana is increasing at a rapid pace and many patients who use it feel that it improves their quality of life. We need research-based evidence to determine the underlying connection. Does it improve symptoms that make patients feel better (pain, loss of appetite, decreased stress and increased sleep), or does it actually have an anti-inflammatory effect on the gut?

Alternative Therapies
last activity about 1 month ago
122    21
Proposed Idea              

Is there a correlation between UC and poor circulation in feet and/or hands?

Ever since my diagnosis my feet have felt like ice blocks. It can be very painful sometimes. I am wondering if they are related.

Other
last activity 3 months ago
11    2

What percentage of people who have UC/Crohn's have also been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia? In addition, how long after having UC/Crohn's did Fibromyalgia symptoms begin?

There are many overlapping symptoms between UC/Crohn's and Fibromyalgia. For myself I developed Fibromyalgia after a severe UC flare. I believe chronic pain and fatigue go hand and hand with UC/Crohn's.

Other
last activity 25 days ago
25    5

Improve interdisciplinary work between GI and GYN to better serve female IBD patient base. Improve education of women IBD patients about their specific risks, ie of chronic pain after fistulectomy.

Women's sexual health remains an underfunded research area, and female IBD patients are at higher risk to suffer from chronic sexual pain.

Women's Health
last activity 7 months ago
20    2

The use of Cannabis as treatment for Crohn's Disease symptoms.

The use of Cannabis for CD symptoms should be highly considered. We are constantly using drugs to manage our symptoms but with the use of those drugs can come serious side effects. If you are someone like myself who suffers from extreme nausea waking up in the morning and attempting to keep a pill down is in a word, impossible. You can't keep the medication down long enough for it to take any actual effect but taking a couple deep breaths to calm yourself and take your Cannabis is a much quicker, easier solution that improves nausea instantly. Research has shown the CBD in Cannabis is linked to incredible anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, anti-nausea, anti-anxiety, and muscle relaxing properties. This would be extremely beneficial to us CD suffers since our disease revolves around inflammation. Cannabis when used properly is a easier, safer, more effective way to relieve CD symptoms.

Alternative Therapies
last activity 5 months ago
13    4

I propose a genetics-based investigation that explores why some drugs work for some people but not others.

Many IBD patients go through years of pain and suffering because they haven't found "their drug" yet. This immense suffering could be reduced if we could determine which individuals respond to which drugs and WHY, as determined by their environment and DNA.

Genetics
last activity 4 months ago
78    3

What portion of IBD patients also have IBS? How can IBS be accurately diagnosed in patients with IBD? How can patients/clinicians identify symptoms due to IBD versus IBS, and what treatments are best?

Irratable bowel syndrome (IBS) has many of the same symptoms as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Many patients with IBD may also experience IBS making it difficult to know how to treat given that the two conditions are managed differently. Clinicians sometimes attribute symptoms of abdominal pain or diarrhea to IBS without further investigation. I would like to see further study into why many patients continue to experience IBD symptoms when clinical signs suggest remission, and how to best manage these symptoms. I would also like to see how frequently IBS is inaccurately diagnosed.

Procedures And Testing
last activity 10 months ago
20    1
Proposed Idea              

Creation of a test to verify or deny IBD in persons struggling with symptoms

It took 16 years to verify my Cohn's, from age 13-29 years. Had all sorts of tests and was treated like I was crazy. Spent a month in treatment due to anorexia because eating was so painful. Diagnosed by having exploratory surgery. Because of that I had malnutrition, lost all my teeth and suffered way too long.

Procedures And Testing
last activity about 3 years ago
4    3

What pain treatment options (pharmacologic or otherwise) do IBD patients find most effective, and what are the risks associated with these treatments.

Many pain medications are addictive and/or harmful, particularly in IBD patients. Pain is a common symptom of IBD. I would like to explore patient experiences of the efficacy of pain treatments including: acupunctue, message therapy, heat therapy, NSAIDs, acetaminophen, SNRI antidepressants, tramadol, opiate pain medications. Either through literature review or additional research, it would be valuable to see a comprehensive review of risks and benefits of common pain treatments specific to use in IBD patients.

Medications
last activity 7 days ago
17    1
Proposed Idea              

Can IBD be related to any back pain/pelvis/sacrum?

Other
last activity 25 days ago
5    2

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