When I got diagnosed with Crohn's disease I had been suffering with what I had thought was a severe Endometriosis flare up. For a year I had severe abdominal pain, bowel issues, fatigue and stomach problems. I got diagnosed with Crohn's disease in December 2018 following a weeks stay in hospital. I was severely unwell … Continue reading Endometriosis Periods & Crohn’s – Monthly Mini Flare Ups
Before entering the world of inflammatory bowel disease I had always thought that colonoscopies were reserved for the older generation, a much needed test to ensure that nothing sinister was going on in your colon. Within a few days of being told I had IBD I was advised I'd need to have a colonoscopy and … Continue reading My First Colonoscopy Experience
When living with a chronic illness it is so important to listen to your body and not overdo it, listening to your body is the difference between being able to live a full life and constantly managing painful symptoms
I wrote a few weeks ago about my new and exciting low residue low fibre diet to get my Crohn's under control and into remission. Essentially what the diet does is stops any hard to digest food getting into your bowel and causing more irritation. I have a mixture of both diarrhoea which then changes … Continue reading Diet Update – Crohn’s Disease
7 common symptoms of Crohn's disease - I wish I had read up on these in the 6-9 months of symptoms I had before being diagnosed.
I also really enjoy dressing up smarter and feeling good about myself with a new outfit, why should I not feel great in what I'm wearing just because I have a chronic illness. What I do find though is that some days, some outfits just aren't going to cut it whether I'm bloated, in pain or having one of my amazing hot one minute freezing the next days.
My first consultant appointment was initially scheduled for the 13th February but after tapering down to 30mg of steroids and getting some of the oh shit! (pun intended) symptoms back I promptly called the IBD nurse helpline at my hospital. They got me booked in for an appointment within a week which is really the … Continue reading 1st Outpatient Consultant Appointment Crohn’s Disease / Ulcerative Colitis
We've all been there many times, you wake up your whole body aches, your stomach is at a 7/10 on the pain scale, bathroom urgency, nausea and extreme fatigue. I'm at a stage where I have really good days and really bad days with not much in between. I try my absolute best to still function on my bad days but sometimes it's just not happening. After suffering for many years with endometriosis and now the addition of Crohn's I've got my own bad day routine which definitely helps to make the days better.
Since being admitted into hospital for a week in December and diagnosed I've been researching Crohn's disease. I've been looking into what it is, what symptoms you may get and really just what to expect. Firstly it's one of those expect the unexpected, everybody with Crohn's is different and unlike say with a cold, it's … Continue reading What is Crohn’s Disease?
Steroids, the first action treatment for IBD and Crohn’s disease when surgery is not needed. They act by reducing inflammation and therefore allow your digestive system to heal. Steroids are used to control and stop the flare up before you move onto a long term drug to keep you in remmission. Im currently on a … Continue reading Prednisone for Crohn’s Flare Up – My Experience So Far