I recently got diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) where your small bowel becomes inflamed. Research hasn’t figured out what exactly causes the disease yet but most people think it may be an autoimmune response whereby the body stops recognising the natural bacteria in the gut and attacks it instead. I feel like IBD is a condition people can be slightly uncomfortable speaking about due to the fact that it deals with your bowels and poo. If I’m honest, when I first got my diagnosis I felt uncomfortable talking about it.
So let me walk you through what has happened up until now. In January 2018 I found that when I went to the loo I had bright red blood in my stools. This wasn’t just a one time thing either, it kept happening, and knowing that wasn’t a good sign I decided to make an appointment with my GP. My GP referred me to the hospital, specifically the bowel clinic, for a colonoscopy and I was booked in for March.
Only… I stopped bleeding. As suddenly as it had started it had stopped. I cancelled my clinic appointment not wanting to waste anyone’s time. I mean, why go through a colonoscopy when I didn’t need it anymore, right?