National patient charity, Crohn’s and Colitis UK³, have joined other international groups to raise the awareness and understanding of these complex, life-long and potentially life-threatening conditions. Living with IBD can have a huge impact on every aspect of a person’s life, with serious physical and mental health implications.
“Helping increase understanding as part of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness week is important to me as there will be hundreds of local people in our community who suffer from these hidden, often misunderstood and dreadful conditions. In this special week it’s particularly vital that we try and reach out to more people who may be feeling isolated or coping badly with their health.”
Living with IBD can be daily struggle, some symptoms of the diseases can be embarrassing and that can lead to people suffering without adequate support or feeling isolated. As part of the Awareness Week, Crohn’s and Colitis UK are asking people to share their 7 days of IBD and other activity through digital and social media to highlight what it is like to live with IBD every day. To find out more about the awareness week and all the activities please visit: www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/awarenessweek
Crohn’s and Colitis UK - www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk
- Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).These chronic conditions can cause ulceration and inflammation in the colon (Ulcerative Colitis) or any part of the digestive system (Crohn’s Disease). Symptoms can include diarrhoea (often with blood), severe pain, extreme fatigue, and dramatic weight loss². This means 1 in 210 people are living with these unpredictable, life-long and potentially life-threatening conditions.
- Molodecky NA, Soon IS, Rabi DM et al. Increasing incidence and prevalence of the inflammatory bowel diseases with time, based on systematic review. Gastroenterology2012;142:46-54 / Royal College of Physicians, 08/2014 - National clinical audit of UK IBD
- The UK charity tackles the impacts by offering specialist information free of charge to anyone
and raising important funds for more medical research. The charity also offers a telephone
helpline for anyone who needs a safe place to talk about living with IBD.
Crohn’s and Colitis UK aims to improve life for everyone affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) - the main forms being Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Established in 1979 as a partnership between patients, their families and the health professionals caring for them, the charity’s services include four information and support services, a wide range of accredited publications and a nationwide network of groups. With 30,000 members the charity also campaigns for improved health and social provision for patients and awards medical research grants annually.
Lifelong chronic conditions, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, collectively known as IBD, can cause urgent and frequent diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, pain, profound fatigue and anaemia. In some patients, there is an associated inflammation of the joints, skin, liver or eyes. Malnutrition and weight loss are common, particularly in Crohn’s Disease.