World IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Day on May 19 shines a spotlight on two chronic and incurable conditions – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – which are sometimes referred to as “invisible diseases”.
An unusual type of transplant is offering hope to millions of people with ulcerative colitis. A stool transplant – or faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) – was shown to be successful in treating patients with the condition during a research study at the University of Adelaide.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases which occur when the intestines become inflamed. If you suffer from the condition, which produces a range of unpleasant symptoms including diarrhoea, stomach pain, cramping and bloating, bleeding ulcers, weight loss and anaemia, the latest research findings may make interesting reading.
Bowel incontinence means being unable to control the urge to open your bowels, which can result in soiling (encopresis), embarrassment and a severe impact on quality of life. Find out about treatment options for bowel incontinence.
A colostomy is a surgical procedure that diverts a part of your large intestine out through an opening in your abdominal wall. This creates a stoma to which a colostomy bag is attached for collecting poo. Colostomies can be temporary or long-term.
If you notice blood when you open your bowels, don’t ignore it, but equally, try not to panic as it can have many causes, many of them harmless.
What is it like to have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)? Unless you have the condition yourself or are close to someone who does, it’s not always easy to understand. Some doctors refer to it as an “invisible illness” because it often goes undiagnosed and is widely misunderstood.
Detecting bowel cancer early can hugely increase your chance of survival. Nine out of ten cancers can be successfully treated if they are caught in the early stages before they have spread. Rapid detection of bowel cancer really does save lives.