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

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


What symptoms prompted you to seek help initially?

When I was 19, I started suffering from diarrhoea and abdominal cramps that got worse over a period of two weeks. I had visited a GP who had diagnosed me with IBS – purely based on my symptoms – and was prescribed antispasmodics. Two weeks after the initial symptoms began, I had reached a point where all I was doing was sleeping, waking in agony, going to the toilet to pass blood and mucous and then going back to bed to sleep. I was nauseous and feverish, and I’d stopped eating because I thought it made it worse.


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