• “What does fatigue feel like?”

    What exactly is fatigue? fatigue | noun 1. extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness. We all experience tiredness at times, which can be relieved by sleep and rest. Fatigue is when the tiredness is often overwhelming and isn’t relieved by sleep and rest. There are three types of fatigue: transient, cumulative, and […]

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  • Examinations Under Anaesthesia

    THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY What exactly is a Examination Under Anaesthesia? This is a surgical examination under general or spinal anaesthesia, also known as a EUA. Due to the location of a particular area that requires a deeper look, a surgeon will usually advocate for this procedure to minimise pain and discomfort […]

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  • IBD Questions to Ask On or After Diagnosis Day

    There are so many different paths to an IBD diagnosis. Some people will find out through a length period of feeling unwell and under going several tests. Some people will find out after a few weeks of being severely unwell. Some will find out suddenly, through an emergency admission to hospital or requiring emergent surgery. […]

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  • “Why do you need B12 injections?”

    I frequently get asked about my need to have regular top-ups of B12, via injection with my GP practice. As a result of my first IBD surgery back in 2016, I require B12 injections due to deficiency. Before I get into my own situation – the hows and whys – let’s answer some common B12 […]

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  • 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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  • “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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