Hello, As you know I am wanting to raise awareness, and also to make sure everyone out there knows that being different isnt a bad thing, and having a stoma isnt something to be ashamed of!
I was lucky enough to speak with a wonderful lady who suffers with IBD:
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease) is an umbrella term used to describe disorders that involve chronic inflammation of your digestive tract. Types of IBD include: Ulcerative colitis. This condition causes long-lasting inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum
At this time she is using steriods which seem to be helping with issues and pain, however if/when they stop working the next option is a stoma bag.
This sounds so painful! It isnt something i suffer with, however it is another condition that can lead to a stoma.
Symptoms of IBD include:
- pain, cramps or swelling in the tummy
- recurring or bloody diarrhoea
- weight loss
- extreme tiredness
Not everyone has all of these symptoms, and some people may have additional symptoms, including fever, vomiting and anaemia.
Joint pain (arthritis), painful red eyes (iritis), painful red skin nodules (erythema nodosum) and jaundice (primary sclerosing cholangitis) are less commonly associated with IBD.
The symptoms of IBD can come and go. There may be times when the symptoms are severe (flare-ups), followed by long periods when there are few or no symptoms at all (remission).
There's currently no cure for ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.
If you have mild ulcerative colitis, you may need minimal or no treatment and remain well for prolonged periods of time.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms and prevent them returning, and includes specific diets, lifestyle changes, medicines and surgery.