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

Am I causing my own symptoms?

Being told “I think your symptoms are psychosomatic” by a member of your healthcare team, can feel like a massive kick in the teeth.

So, you’re saying, you think my pain is all in my head?!

Is stress a trigger for Crohn’s or UC?

Well, that’s not exactly it, because psychosomatic doesn’t mean your pain or symptoms are not real – it IS still a physical thing. Psychosomatic just means that the symptoms are caused or aggravated by mental factors, such as stress or anxiety etc.

Many people living with inflammatory bowel disease say that they have identified stress as a trigger for them, and we also know that know there are big links between the digestive system and the brain.

So, it got me thinking… 

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