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What people with IBD should know

I am often asked, “What would you tell someone recently diagnosed with IBD?” So, this is what I think you should know!

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For many, a definitive diagnosis is a massive relief after a long period of being unwell. This does not mean that acceptance is easy, after all, you have just been diagnosed with a chronic disease which has no cure. Do NOT panic, we’ve got this, life is not over!
It is worth pointing out that no two IBD patients’ lives are the same. The disease does not always manifest in the same way, and the fact that a treatment works for one person does not mean it will work for another. This makes IBD notoriously difficult to treat. That said, some IBD patients may have one flare, find the right medication straight away and never have another, and that is fantastic!
For the rest of us, being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis may mean some lifestyle changes and some steep learning …

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FAQ | Dealing with trapped wind

Burnout in people with IBD

Ostomy leaks and samples!

My experience of chronic fatigue

Am I causing my own symptoms?

#IBDSuperHeroes World IBD Day Challenge

Expectations after diagnosis

How yoga has become a positive coping strategy

Ostomy Online | Loving yourself

Stress? Anxiety? Panic? Whatever it's called, I don't like it!

How COVID-19 has impacted the IBD community

When GPs get it wrong

The Pintsized Pharmacist | Inflammatory Bowel Disease & Me

When you feel like giving up, don’t!

TalkHealth | talkhealth meets…Sahara Fleetwood-Beresford, inflammatory bowel disease blogger and founder of #IBDSuperHeroes

Iron Deficiency Anaemia – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

PoPSTER | Patient preferences & current Practice for adults with steroid resistant UC