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

FAQ | Dealing with trapped wind

One of the most common questions I see asked in the #IBDSuperHeroes Facebook group is: “Any tips for relieving trapped wind?”

Trapped wind can be common after surgery, as a symptom of IBD and of course, a result of eating and drinking. It can be incredibly painful, especially when you have active inflammation, strictures, or scar tissue, and it can last an awfully long time if action is not taken to shift it!

As is often the case with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, what works for one person may not work for another, but there are so many tips and tricks which get shared repeatedly, that I would hope at least one will work for you!

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