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

To eat, or not to eat? That is the question.

People with inflammatory bowel disease often avoid eating certain things because they're worried about the aftermath.

Back in 2007, just before my diagnosis, I stopped eating completely because the result was incredible pain, toilet trips, diarrhea, and blood in the toilet bowl. I wasn't doing much other than sleep, and I had started to associate food with increased pain.

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