Ulcerative colitis (aka enemy no.1)

Health

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, (which along with Crohn’s disease, is one of the most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)), in June 2014, just before my liver transplant. The disease involves the formation of small little ulcers in the colon (large intestine), which disrupts the whole function of the colon. Common symptoms include crippling abdominal pain, diarrhoea, weight loss and passing blood, which can then lead to exhaustion and anaemia. I’ve experienced all of these over the past 2 and a half years, leading to a spell in hospital in July 2016, followed by an iron infusion in September.

Colitis is a HORRIBLE, exhausting, debilitating, embarrassing disease which took over my life for close to a year. Mesalazine (granules and enemas), azathioprine, prednisolone (wonder drug but too many side effects to mention), no medicines really worked. I started infusions of infliximab in August 2016, and along with a complete change in diet, I now have my colitis under control. More about that in a future blog.