A huge number of patients who have a chronic illness will turn to the internet to get their information. Unfortunately, most of the information they come across won’t be true.
You made it! Now that you’ve landed and have an awesome time ahead, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.
In this article, I’ll be going over some tips to enjoying your trip when you are at your destination.
Preparing for travel can be stressful and hectic as it is, but when you’ve got an ostomy there are a few extra things that you’ll want to be aware of.
If you’re an ileostomate who takes medication or dietary supplements this information will be important.
Prednisone. I’ve got more than a few names for it, but it’s helped many people get out of an IBD flare. Unfortunately, it sometimes involves trading your soul to the devil, or at least trading one problem for another.
If you live in a country that has long, cold winters, warmer weather is probably something you look forward to experiencing for at least a few months during the summer. While many of us may enjoy some fun in the sun, it brings along a few extra challenges that I’d like to cover in this article.
One lesson I’ve learned about IBD is that our symptoms can often be very misleading, and they sometimes don’t correlate with what’s actually going on in our gut. This can pose several problems as a patient and for the GI treating us.
Finding out that you’ve got Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis can be scary, especially if you’re new to the world of IBD, so it’s natural to scour the internet looking for solutions and treatments that fall outside of allopathic medicine. I was in that place once, but there are some things I wish I had known way sooner!
Despite all the wonderfully positive stories you might see on the news or on blogs about IBD’ers who’ve overcome personal obstacles, it probably wasn’t always easy for them. Many of us haven’t climbed over those obstacles yet, and continue to live a life of pain and suffering. Many IBD advocates have attempted to bring these issues to the forefront, but our message about the true challenges we face when living with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis usually goes unnoticed by the general public. I hope to bring some of those challenges to light in this article.
There’s good advice, questionable advice and downright bad advice. If you’ve ever suffered from illness, both acute or chronic, then you’ve no doubt been told of all the wonderful remedies, old wives tales, magic potions and expensive supplements that can rid you of your problems. I was one of those people who wanted to believe that taking the right blend of exotic herbs would cure my Crohn’s disease, so I completely empathize with people who are in the same position. Believe me, I went through a phase where I was completely against taking conventional drugs and even stubbornly suffered for years without taking any pain medication – even in times where I really should have been hospitalized. When we’re desperate to get better, we do all kinds of things that would normally be considered crazy under any other circumstance. Often times, we do this against the advice of our doctors, and sometimes those decisions cost us dearly.