IBD Basics: Corticosteriods

What are Corticosteroids & Why are they important? Corticosteriods are a group of anti inflammatory medications – including cortisone, hydrocortisone and prednisone – which mimic the hormones produced by the adrenal gland, which lies above the kidneys. The hormones created by the adrenal gland have many functions but one in particular is that is the ability to heal inflammation; particularly in the bowel. When prescribed in doses that exceed your body’s usual levels, corticosteroids suppress inflammation; helping the symptoms and side effects of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and asthma. Why are they used to treat IBD? They are a first line…

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Deficiencies with IBD

What deficiencies are common with IBD?  When you have a digestive disorder, your gut does not function as it should; which means it has trouble absorbing all the necessary nutrients from the food you take in. For many people with IBD; they can become, overtime, deficient in particular vitamins and minerals. Most commonly are: Vitamin A: Also known as Retinol; it helps your vision in dim light, your immune system fight against infections as well keeping your skin and linings of some part of the body healthy. Vitamin B’s: Included under this umbrella is Thiamin (vitamin B1), Riboflavin (vitamin B2),…

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My Love for You, Dear Stoma…

Today we celebrate love. A single day devoting to telling whomever we love, that we love them. We shower them with gifts, affection and kind words. I am doing that today too. But for my stoma. Yes, you read that correctly; my stoma. My stoma used to be that elephant in the room, the alien living under my top, a living and breathing weird little thing.  These days, whilst she is still living under my clothes, covered by my ostomy bag; she is a living and breathing embodiment of my disease. I have Crohn’s disease and she saved me. She gave…

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PCOS and IBD: Another Battle – Part I

PCOS –  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome  – is something that has been with me since I was 17. I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed under private healthcare and it was always explained to me that it was more about self management that anything else. So since 18, I have been on various contraceptive pills – that help aid the control of the condition – trying to find the right one that worked best for me. But when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at 23 and whilst on a good contraceptive that worked – the Evra patch – it seemed…

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How do I hate something that has saved my life?

No, seriously, how? Maybe the question should be ‘CAN I hate something that has saved my life?” or even “Can I hate something that has CHANGED my life?” Because, I can hate the fact that my disease was so bad, they had no other option than to remove my colon and give me my ileostomy. I can hate that fact until the cows come home, it still doesn’t change what happened. Does hating my ostomy make it easier to accept? Does this just make me negative and unable to live with it? I have no choice but to live with…

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