10 Things You Need to Know About Ulcerative Colitis

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1. Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The other main form of IBD is Crohn’s Disease. IBD is an autoimmune disease which means that the immune system attacks the healthy body cells.

2. Around 146, 000 people in the UK are living with Ulcerative Colitis.

3. UC causes inflammation and ulceration of the colon and inner lining of the rectum.

4. Symptoms can vary from person to person and can include; blood in stools, diarrhoea, severe abdominal pain, extreme fatigue, anaemia and severe weight loss in some cases.

5. There is no known cure.

6. Treatments for UC include immuno-suppressant medication or anti-inflammatory medication which aim to reduce the inflammation. There are many different kinds of medication for IBD such as steroids, injections etc and sometimes they do not always work, resulting in surgery. Surgery for UC includes the inflamed part of the colon being removed and an ostomy being created. This is when an opening in the abdomen is created to allow the intestines to go through and a bag is attached in order for the person to pass waste into. The surgery is usually only required for those with severe cases of UC.

7.  The cause of Ulcerative Colitis is unknown but researches believe it could be caused by a person’s genes, environment and the immune system reacting in an abnormal way to bacteria in the gut.

8. IBD is not the same as IBS. IBD is a disease and has no cure. It is a life-long illness whereas IBS is a syndrome and can be treated/controlled with medication or changes to the diet.

9. It is not just a pooping disease. There are many symptoms of IBD and not only that, there are many problems caused by having IBD such as joint problems, side effects from medication, mental health issues and much more.

10. People with UC/IBD often don’t look sick. This is because it is an invisible illness. This means that the person could look absolutely fine but be really struggling on the inside with severe symptoms and you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at them. This is why it is so important that awareness is raised.

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This is a subject very close to my heart as you will know if you know me or follow my blog. I was diagnosed with UC 3 years ago and it completely changed my life. I want to be able to raise awareness as it something that I had never heard of until I was diagnosed and I hope that anyone struggling with symptoms has a loved one with IBD or has been newly diagnosed can find this piece helpful.

https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/

http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/files.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/Publications/ulcerative-colitis.pdf

Thank you for reading ❤

Rebecca xo

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4 thoughts on “10 Things You Need to Know About Ulcerative Colitis

  1. Great post, I have someone very close to me that was diagnosed with UC, and struggled with it. Eventually she had to have her colon removed, had an ileostomy for awhile, got numerous surgeries to remove scar tissue, got a J-pouch, however the pouch twisted and got obstructed, then she had to go back to the ileostomy bag and was on TPN for almost a year and wasn’t allowed to eat. She’ll never admit to herself, but she was a warrior. She now has a J-pouch and is so ashamed of all of her scars. And I wish she wasn’t, because she’s one of the bravest people I know. I have multiple health issues myself, and I wish she could see how despite even in her darkest days, that despite falling apart, she held on, and that’s being brave. I wish she could see that. Thank you, from me and her, for raising awareness.

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear she’s had such a tough time of it, I hope things start to look up for her. All you can do is be there for her and support her through it as that is the most important thing and will mean so much. She shouldn’t be ashamed, I bet her body is beautiful. Hearing this story from you is an inspiration to keep on going no matter how tough life gets. Thank you for reading and commenting ❤

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      1. She’s doing better now. She was on IV fluids for awhile and had a hickman because she kept getting dehydrated, but she finally got that out and just drinks pedialyte to stay hydrated. She’s a very drive person and I have a lot of admiration for her, unfortunately she sometimes puts her career before her health so I worry about her.

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