Janie - Colitis

Janie - Colitis

Update: 2021-11-25
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Colitis, autoimmune hepatitis, and psoriasis are three diseases Janie has been dealing with. It’s a rollercoaster on her body and mentally. She started with mild stomach pains at 21, where she found out she was lactose intolerant. As time’s gone on, her symptoms got worse, and not very glamorous. 

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), where more than 80,000 Australians live with either colitis or crohns. In short, the body causes inflammation and ulcers on the inner lining of the large intestine. The inflamed lining produces lots of intestinal lubricant or mucus, which can get pussy. The Inflammation makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients, causing a real need to go to the bathroom and diarrhoea.

Symptoms include abdominal cramps and pain, frequent, watery diarrhoea (may be bloody), severe urgency to have a bowel movement, fever during active stages of the disease, loss of appetite and weight loss, tiredness and fatigue and anaemia. 

If you think you have colitis, book an appointment with a health care specialist before self-diagnosing.

For some informative links:

Colitis: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.com.au/about-crohns-colitis

Autoimmune hepatitis: https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/diseases-of-the-liver/autoimmune-hepatitis/ 

Psoriasis: https://psoriasisaustralia.org.au/ 

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Janie - Colitis

Janie - Colitis

Janie Kerr