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Patient voice: ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a long-term condition where the colon and rectum become inflamed leading to abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fever, fatigue and weight loss. In this blog, David talks to BJFM about how a stoma changed his quality of life.

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2000. The initial symptoms were flu-like, but slowly became more aggressive. I went to see my GP who thought it was food poisoning and prescribed a broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment. Within two months, however, the symptoms became so bad that I was hospitalised and that’s when tests showed I had ulcerative colitis. I was 33 years old and it was a frightening reality to be faced with. Throughout the following years, I received standard treatments – azathioprine, mesalazine and prednisolone – which for the most part kept me functioning and were able to mask


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