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

Iron Deficiency Anaemia – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

I had a bit of nightmare getting my iron infusion this time around, as I swapped GP surgeries and no-one there seemed to be able to understand the term “Does not tolerate oral iron”! Anyway, after multiple phone calls, appointments and repeat blood tests, then a final appointment to remind them that I can’t tolerate oral iron (doh), I finally got my infusion this week, a whole 3 months after they initially found it was low (doh again)!

So, anyway, I wanted to talk a little bit about iron-deficiency anaemia in IBD; what it is and how it’s treated, as it’s a pretty common extra-intestinal manifestation that many of us deal with.

To read the rest of this blog, head over to InflammatoryBowelDisease.net.