• Chronic Illness Admin

    It takes a mammoth amount of energy, time and effort to organise chronic illness life. Throughout all my years with IBD it has been a barrage of appointments, procedures, medications and conversations about my health. It’s sort of why I started writing my blog because I was forgetful – medication side effect and just being […]

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  • “Are supplements helpful in IBD?”

    More than half those with IBD have deficiencies in vitamins & minerals and we get most of these from the food we eat. Clemmie Oliver of the NALM Clinic said it best; “micronutrient deficiency (vitamins and minerals) is associated with a prolonged and more complicated course of disease in people with IBD as micronutrients play […]

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  • “What does an endoscopy feel like?”

    Basic definition: An endoscopy is a procedure where organs inside your body are looked at using an instrument called an endoscope. An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube that has a light and camera at one end. Images of the inside of your body are shown on a television screen. Endoscopes can be put […]

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  • World IBD Day – Debunking IBD Myths

    Back in February, I wrote about ‘Assumptions About IBD & Stomas‘ where I discussed how there are many assumptions and myths surrounding IBD and having a stoma. Assumptions are usually founded on false information, historically based in the past. While they might have some facts to them, they are usually warped beyond the reality they […]

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  • “How does sleep affect IBD?”

    Struggling with sleep is a very common problem. So common in fact that almost one third of the UK population have insomnia – the inability to sleep at night. For those with IBD, I can only image that this proportion is higher, much higher. When I’ve been in the midst of a bad flare, I […]

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  • “How do you know when you’re flaring?”

    I’ll admit this openly, but flare-ups used to scare the heck out of me. After I was officially diagnosed in late 2011 I had several bad flare-ups back to back, which always led to me being hospitalised. Luckily, that doesn’t happen so often now, because I have become better at reading my own body’s warning […]

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  • “Will you always need check-ups for your IBD?”

    Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Yes but here is why: Getting diagnosed with IBD for most is a great relief. It ends the months, even years, of needing answers but them being dismissed or ignored. But diagnosis is just the first step in a lifetime of appointments, scans, procedures and consults with a specialist team […]

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