IBD stands for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
What is IBD
  • Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two most common types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
  • They are autoimmune disorders with no known cause; the body mistakenly attacks healthy bodily tissues throughout the digestive tract (from the mouth to the anus) causing inflammation and pain.
  • There are currently over 260,000 people in the UK affected by IBD, with approximately 8,000 of those affected living in Northern Ireland.
  • Symptoms can be extremely distressing and debilitating for many, with the most common symptoms being abdominal pain, urgency to use to the toilet, weight loss, loss of appetite, and inflammation of the eyes, skin and joints.
  • There is no known cure at present, however there are a wide range of treatments available to help manage the conditions; surgery can be required in severe cases to improve quality of life.
  • The diagnosis of these conditions can be extremely hard to deal with both physically and mentally for the sufferer and their surrounding network. We are here to talk and offer support, advice and hope.
Chron’s Disease
  • Causes inflammation anywhere along the digestive tract, and often spreads deep into affected tissues
  • Can occur in patches throughout
  • Can involve different area’s of the digestive tract in each person
Ulcerative Colitis
  • Similar symptoms to Crohn’s disease
  • Usually only affects the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum
  • Occurs in continuous stretches through the colon
Symptoms Of IBD
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Malnutrition
  • Diarrhoea
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anaemia
  • Insomnia
  • Ulcers through the digestive system from mouth to anus
  • Arthritis
  • Fistulas
  • Stomach pain & cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Hair loss
  • Weight loss
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Narrowing of the bowel
  • Reduced appetite
  • Inflammation of eyes & skin
Treatment
  • There is currently no cure
  • Medications can be used to help make the condition more manageable for the sufferer
  • Pain relief is often prescribed
  • When medical treatments fail, the sufferer often requires surgery to remove the affected areas