What Is IBD?

What is IBD?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease or better known as IBD consists of two conditions Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is a lifelong condition where parts of the digestive system or gut become inflamed. Crohn’s is a very individualised condition and symptoms can vary from person to person. The exact cause of Crohn’s Disease is unknown. It occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue.

What are the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease?

  • Abdominal pain and diarrhoea
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Feeling generally unwell or feverish
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Anaemia

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative Colitis is a lifelong condition just like Crohn’s Disease, where the colon and rectum become inflamed. The colon is the large intestine also known as the bowel, and the rectum is near the end of the bowel where stools is stored.

What are the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis?

  • Recurring diarrhoea, which may contain blood, mucus or pus
  • Abdominal pain
  • Needing to empty your bowels frequently
  • You may also experience fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Factors that may play a role in both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis include:

  • Your genes and family history
  • Environmental factors
  • Tendency of your body to over-react to normal bacteria in the intestines.

If you are affected by any of the symptoms listed above and you want support or advice don’t hesitate to get in contact info@merseysideibdgroup.co.uk