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

My experience of chronic fatigue

In the past, I’ve experienced over 2 years of constant, chronic fatigue. 

I spent years prior to that, dealing with UC and pouchitis and managing to plod on through life. Don’t get me wrong, I’d had brief periods of fatigue before, but it was nothing that a few days rest wouldn’t fix. 

This was different. It was relentless, and it felt soul-destroying. All I was doing was resting, but the fatigue just wouldn’t let go of its hold on me!

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