What people with IBD should know

I'm often asked, “What would you tell someone recently diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (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 mea

IBD diagnostics and examinations can be really disruptive

For me, because there have been so many diagnostics and examinations, and because my personal mindset has always just been that it’s a necessary evil, I can sometimes forget how tough they are. The first ones normally feel the most traumatic. It’s all new to us, so all of the info leaflets and prep, and then the actual test/procedure itself can be overwhelming.

In this blog, I talk about the standard diagnostics used to diagnose IBD, such as blood tests, stool samples, colonoscopy, and other endoscopy procedures. X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and contrast/barium meal or enema X-rays also get a mention!

I also talk about how disruptive they can be during the diagnosis process, and also after when used for disease progression monitoring. 

This one might be worth a share if you have people in your life that don't know much about Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, but would like to learn. 

Check it out!