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! Look out for clickable links in this blog, leading to more detailed information! 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 som

Self-care series | Tracking your symptoms

Tracking your symptoms will enable you to give a good overall view of everything during your appointments, or alert you of the need to book an earlier one.

The easiest way to ensure you’re on top of this is to keep track with either a paper diary or a simple symptom tracker on your mobile. You can download a printable paper diary here, or search the World Wide Web for alternatives.
There are so many symptom trackers to choose from, and let's be honest - you take your phone everywhere with you, including to the toilet, so this is probably the easiest method, plus many of the apps come with pretty charts, and who doesn’t like a pretty chart?!

Simply go to your app store and search ‘IBD tracker’, then choose the one which seems the most relevant and includes all of the specifics that you want to track. Many of them come with handy pill reminders too, so you never forget your vital medication!