I don’t know anyone who actually likes getting pricked by a needle, but with some chronic diseases it is something you need to get comfortable with fast. I was the kid in elementary school who would almost pass out everytime I got the flu shot. Fast forward to 2009 when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s… Read More Humira – A Miracle Drug?
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What about you? My name is Troy Parsons, I’m 23 years old and a 4th year BSc student majoring in Geology at The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I run a blog highlighting health, nutrition and fitness related to Crohn’s disease called FlaredupFitness.com. I was diagnosed with…
Opening up about my disease is something I find extremely difficult to talk about, but I’ve been doing my best to work on it. Crohn’s Disease does not only affect you physically but mentally as well. It breaks you down mentally, kills your motivations and causes emotional stress and depression from fighting this chronic disease… Read More What inspires me and keeps me going
Medication Related Side Effects To treat inflammation within the intestinal tract immunosuppressant medications are often prescribed. They help combat the body’s response to attacking itself by suppressing the immune system. Currently I am on Humira, which is a biologic immunosuppressant, TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) blocker that I have to inject subcutaneously (into my stomach or upper leg) every week. I have been on… Read More Crohn’s Related Complications and How to Deal With Them (Part 2)
The subject I want to touch on today is the complications and side effects of Crohn’s disease. For me, I get many different major and minor issues caused by my disease. Recognizing that everyone living with Crohn’s is different, this is an overview of what affects me and strategies I use to deal with them.… Read More Crohn’s Related Complications and How to Deal With Them (Part 1)
Currently, and for the past few years, my Crohn’s symptoms are different than most other people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). I have several sections of strictures in my small intestine (ileum) where the section of small bowel has been damaged by inflammation so many times that it has become hard, rubbery scar tissue. Healthy… Read More 5 days in hospital, one grape
Since my diagnosis, I have spent countless hours in hospital beds and emergency waiting rooms. In 2013, I was admitted 11 separate times for bowel obstructions. This is just one of my many accounts. I wrote this on my phone in October of 2014 while awaiting a hospital bed. It is currently 3:17 AM and I… Read More Blog Update #1