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The Vast and Varied Complications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Vast and Varied Complications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

In 2018, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada released a report on the impact of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Canada, the first wide-ranging look at IBD and its impact on Canada since 2012. Considering that Canada has one of the highest rates of IBD in the world, the report was invaluable. Unfortunately, few people in the general population actually know what IBD is, let alone Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. It’s estimated that approximately 270,000 Canadians live with IBD, and that number is only expected to rise. By 2030, the report suggests that the number of...
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Ostomy 101

Ostomy 101

The diagnosis of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis is a life-changing one. With a few short words, nothing is ever the same. Your dietary restrictions go through the roof, flare-ups can knock you out of commission for weeks at a time, and the symptoms can be painful and profoundly debilitating. There are some treatments, but no known cures. These can include medications and even surgery, of which one of the results is an ostomy. But what is an ostomy and how does it work? Ostomy surgery is a life-saving procedure whereby bodily waste is allowed to pass through “a...
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Impacts Canadians at High Rates

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Impacts...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be difficult to talk about. Many people with IBS are unlikely to advertise their status, and the silence can mask the prevalence of the condition. That’s why it’s helpful to have statistics. In truth, Canada has one of the highest rates of IBS in the world, affecting 18% of the national population (the global rate is closer to 11%). That puts a significant strain on the Canadian healthcare system. It can take up to four years to make a positive IBS diagnosis, and those tests are expensive. The annual medical bill for an IBS patient is,...
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‘Gutsy’ Short Documentary Sheds The Stigma About Crohn’s

‘Gutsy’ Short Documentary Sheds The Stigma About Crohn’s

“Honestly,” says Ryan Nesbitt, “Crohn’s is, like, the most inconsistent thing.” This sentiment comes at about the six-minute mark in Nesbitt’s short documentary, Gutsy. The short focuses on Nesbitt and Jessica Grossman’s experiences with Crohn’s disease, from their diagnoses in childhood to the present day. For those who live with Crohn’s disease, this sentiment will be very familiar. For the rest of the unaffected population, however, the details Nesbitt and Grossman share may come as a shock. It’s estimated that approximately 270,000 Canadians are living with...
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Is Crohn’s Disease Considered a Disability?

Is Crohn’s Disease Considered a Disability?

Crohn’s disease is a chronic disorder that causes pain and swelling in the gastrointestinal tract. One of the most common symptoms is diarrhea, forcing patients to make frequent trips to the restroom in order to avoid a potentially embarrassing mishap.    However, that’s not the only reason Crohn’s is considered a disability, nor does it capture the full scope of the disease. The abdominal pain associated with the disorder can be debilitating, and it can lead to other complications like abscesses, fistulas, rectal bleeding, and anemia. The inflammation can also disrupt...
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A Day In The Life With Crohn’s Disease

A Day In The Life With Crohn’s Disease

When dealing with Crohn’s disease, every treatment plan is different. There is no cure for the condition, nor is there a foolproof diet or lifestyle routine that will be effective in every case. Different people will have different reactions to different foods or medications, so people with the disease need to communicate with their doctors to find an approach that works for them.   Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take to lessen the impact of your symptoms in your day-to-day life. At the most basic level, it’s important to know how your body will react to...