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Embarrassment over illness led to blood transfusions and urgent surgery

Posted: June 3 2021

By James Gould John Davidson’s symptoms became so bad that he was bleeding in the bathroom 20 or so times a day – and now the 24-year-old man has asked people in a similar situation to head for medical advice as soon as they can. John was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when he was just […]

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How does it work? J-pouch for ulcerative colitis

Posted: May 18 2021

 By Jenna Fletcher Many people with UC never need surgery. However, up to one-third of people who have been living with the condition for 30 years may require surgery. This article explains how J-pouch surgery works, what to expect after the procedure, and the benefits and risks. What is a J-pouch, and how does it work? J-pouch surgery […]

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Breaking the silence ahead of World IBD Day

Posted: May 5 2021

By Amanda Pedersen “You’re too young to be that sick.” That is what my former gastroenterologist said to me when I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis sometime around 2000. It was a confusing thing to hear, because despite being 19 years old at the time, I was that sick. Like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) […]

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9 Things to know before j-pouch surgery for ulcerative colitis

Posted: April 19 2021

By Natasha Lavender. Living with ulcerative colitis can make your life unpredictable, since you never know when or if diarrhea, fatigue, or abdominal pain will take over your day. You may even be considering having J-pouch surgery, an operation that allows you to eliminate stool after having your colon and large intestine removed. People with ulcerative colitis may […]

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Living with IBD

Posted: September 22 2020

Video Link Bryony Hopkins has lived with Crohn’s Disease since she was a child. In this film she meets others living with IBD, including Anthony Andrews who is being admitted into hospital for a life-changing operation and reality TV star Louise Thompson. Bryony meets scientists exploring the connect between the brain and the gut, and […]

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Thinking about surgery for Crohn’s disease?

Posted: June 15 2020

Amber Wallace never thought she’d speak publicly about her ostomy surgery. When it happened, she planned on keeping it a secret until she could hopefully have it reversed. “I thought it was going to be something I was ashamed of and would never want to talk to people about,” she admits. It was only when […]

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Ulcerative colitis: bacteria findings raise hopes for new treatment

Posted: February 26 2020

While a number of medicines can help manage the condition, ulcerative colitis can only be cured by removing the colon. However, about half of those who have this surgery go on to have inflammation in the area of the small intestine that is reconstructed into a pouch to serve as a rectum. Such inflammation is […]

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Dancer wrongly diagnosed with anorexia when her weight plummeted

Posted: April 13 2019

A professional model and dancer has today told how it took doctors seven years to diagnose her with Crohn’s disease. Natalie-Amber Freegard, of Swindon, began suffering symptoms of the agonising digestive condition when she was 17. Doctors repeatedly dismissed her stomach pains and extreme weight loss, which saw her plummet to just five stone, as anorexia. […]

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Inflammatory bowel disease tied to heart attack risk

Posted: January 2 2019

(Reuters Health) – – People with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis may be up to 12 times more likely to have a heart attack, a U.S. study suggests. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic or recurring inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s are the most common forms. People […]

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Colonoscopies: Why are they performed and when should you have them?

Posted: September 7 2018

A recent study found up to 20 per cent of all procedures performed in a New South Wales hospital were either unhelpful or harmful. Some of these, which included performing a colonoscopy for constipation, were becoming more prevalent. A colonoscopy is a test where a small, flexible tube is inserted into the bowel to check for abnormalities […]

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