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Life Lately | Let’s Talk About… MY STUMP

** WARNING: graphic details about surgery and rectal stumps. NO PHOTOS just words ** Bear with me, this is going to get technical and emotional. Who would have thought a 30cm piece of my insides would cause me so much damn stress and pain? The Story I needed to have another surgery in August 2016 – my subtotal colectomy –…

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Side Effects of Medication: When to Call it Quits

“I want you to start taking this” he says, gesturing to the patient leaflet before me, whilst he writes a script “and to understand the risks we have go through today. I think at present, this is going to be of most benefit and we shall review in 3 months time” How many of us have had this conversation with our…

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IBD Basics: Prebiotics, Probiotics & Antibiotics

What are Prebiotics? Prebiotics are made up of carbohydrates that your body can’t digest. They exist purely as food for the probiotic bacteria that you’re putting into your body. The use of prebiotics and probiotics together is called microbiome therapy. You don’t need to take a prebiotic for probiotics to work, but taking them might make your probiotics more effective. What…

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The What and Why: Calcium

What is Calcium? Calcium is vital mineral, it is important for the health of your teeth and bones. 99% of the calcium in your body is stored there; but calcium also helps the heart, brain, nerves, and muscles, and helps blood clot among other things. Most people are not aware of how they feel when they don’t have enough calcium.…

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Biological Treatment, Gratitude and Being Comfortable in Hospital

A year in the making. Last year, my September was tough. It was a positive consequence of my August and the decisions myself and my IBD team made to get me well again. A quick recap – View this post on Instagram #throwbacktuesday 🙈🙊 • • • This time last year I was one month post op from my subtotal…

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Taking Steriods for an IBD flare up whilst living with …

Disclaimer: this is an expanded version of a previous post – IBD Basics: Corticosteriods which will now cover how to take steroids, how they work within the digestive tract and how this affected when having a stoma.    How do corticosteroids work? Corticosteroids are potent anti-inflammatory agents for moderate to severe relapses of both UC and CD. They have no role…

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What are the Early Warning Signs of an IBD Flare …

Most of the time the cause of a Crohn’s flare is unknown. But the most common causes of flares include: Non adherence: Not taking medications as instructed Medications: Taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) such as aspirin  and ibuprofen Diet: Eating too much of foods that the bowel can’t process or handle Other possible causes of flares include: Smoking Alcohol Stress…

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Oh ‘August’, Why do You Hate Me?

August, oh my. Patterns emerge when you’ve had your chronic illness for a while. There are some things you enjoy seeing the patterns towards; like when you can anticipate some symptoms or you get a click moment of clarity. But there are some patterns that do nothing but chip away at your emotions. August is that for me. Trigger, for…

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