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

The Extra-Intestinal Manifestations of Ulcerative Colitis

Diarrhea and stomach pain are the two symptoms of ulcerative colitis (UC) that get the most “air time”, but are they actually the most debilitating for the patient themselves? And what about when extra-intestinal (meaning those that occur outside of the intestine) issues present when you’re clinically in remission?!

As someone with ulcerative colitis, I can wholeheartedly affirm that the abdominal cramps can genuinely be incapacitating. As in, it’s impossible to stand sometimes, let alone walk!

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