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

Time for a new bag? UK ostomy manufacturers!

Have you always used the same bags? With my first ileostomy, the brand given to me in the hospital were the ones I continued to use. I wasn’t even made aware that there were others out there! I knew there were different shapes and sizes, but I thought they were made by the same manufacturer. The second time, I wasn’t keeping the stoma long enough to bother.

If you are keeping your ostomy permanently, or for a good amount of time, it’s worth looking at what is available. There could be bags out there which suits your needs, or that can help with any issues you have, much better than your current ones!

I have compiled a list of UK ostomy manufacturers that you can order free samples from:
Salts healthcare 
Hollister                     
Welland
Peak medical: Sample requests to Sebastian - Email: info@peakmedical.co.uk

Additional (sprays, barriers etc)
I'd love to know how you get on with them!

It’s worth noting that unless you are feeling patient, it might not be wise to order samples from multiple manufacturers at the same time. I spent a whole morning perusing websites, and choosing which bags I would like to sample. I had issues with multiple sites so I had to email them with the product codes to request the samples.

Some requests were followed up via phone/email before the samples were distributed. 

Best of luck!