Posts Tagged ‘Diseases’


It is only natural when diagnosed with colitis or during a period of severe symptoms that the sufferer worries about their health and what the future will hold for them. It is usual for most sufferers to enjoy longer periods of health in comparison to the time endured at the mercy of colitis symptoms. Yet this fact does not prevent real concern and worry over their present and future health.

There requires acknowledgment and appreciation that the severity of colitis symptoms varies greatly between sufferers. Approximately ten percent of those diagnosed have to endure what are virtually ever present symptoms which do vary in their intensity. Thinking that the symptoms will never disappear when first diagnosed is in the vast majority of cases untrue. For most sufferers there will be periods that symptoms are present yet these will be outnumbered by the amount of time spent enjoying full health.

There is a misplaced fear that everyone knows when someone is suffering symptoms and they will be viewed as different. Again this is not the case. When a relapse is occurring, the person should in fact withdraw from daily life, both their work and social life, in order to give themselves every chance to gain health again as soon as possible. If the daily routine is continued without any regard to the symptoms, this will undoubtedly have the effect of delaying the recovery and can even worsen the degree of suffering.

When diagnosed with colitis and periodically thereafter, there will be a requirement for a hospital consultant to monitor the extent of the ulceration of the large colon and this will require forms of x-ray to be undertaken. It is important to understand that the severity of what is witnessed with such tests will not necessarily correspond to how severe the subjective symptoms are. If there is a lot of ulceration present though the person is currently enjoying good health, that does not suggest symptoms are about to appear. The test will show the extent of the affected area of the colon yet as the symptoms are in remission, good health should be enjoyed. The information gathered will be of use as and when the next relapse occurs and then appropriate medication can be used to concentrate on the known area and extent of the ulceration.

Unfortunately a few sufferers do experience perforation of the bowel where a split forms in the colon and toxic waste can then spread into the bloodstream and cause infection. This only happens in a very small number of cases and only when severe symptoms have occurred over a period of time and the sufferer has not responded to the treatments for such complications. Any fear caused through expecting this to happen is misplaced as it is a fallacy to believe for all colitis sufferers that it will only be a matter of time before surgery is required and the bowel has to be cut out. The actual chances of this occurring are very small indeed yet by worrying and being fearful of this may just ignite sleeping colitis symptoms.

Whilst the disease can be very challenging at times, the sufferer, in the vast majority of cases, should enjoy long periods of good health. Colitis symptoms will appear when relapses happen yet by following the instructions given by doctors and hospital consultants and by discovering the knowledge and experience of those fellow sufferers, a person should be able to adapt their life accordingly and ease many of the often misplaced fears that have built up over time.

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Perhaps you know someone who has epilepsy. Perhaps you yourself have it. The writer of this article has suffered with epilepsy for over seventeen years, more than half her life. She would like to share with you her take on epilepsy.

It is life changing in so much as the sufferer must live life under new rules, rules different from that of family members and friends. He or she may have to give up like driving, alcohol consumption, or climbing stairs where alone. But before you assume that I am an all negative disabled complainer hear me out. It is not my personal goal to complain but to educate.

So in an attempt to educate, I will explain what a seizure can look like not from the eyes of a potential bystander, not from the eyes of a doctor reading an EEG, but from inside the very being of a person while having a seizure. For me the moment of seizure is often a moment of not knowing. I do not know I am having a seizure, even if I’m wondering around, seemingly looking right at people and making senseless noises. So you see, during a seizure the person with epilepsy may not be suffering at all.

It is when they wake up with the realization that they just had a seizure that a feeling of helplessness may set in. When you realize you do not know what you were doing right before the seizure, nor how long it lasted that frustration may set in. Thoughts like, I hope I did not fall and bang my head, or did I bite my this time float through the broken mind while a desire to just go no like nothing happened sea-saws with the idea that you should most likely take a nap.

Working adds a boat load of extra concerns for someone who is prone to seizures. If you need to get to work but do not drive you either walk, bicycle, rely on public transportation or friends and family. If for what ever reason, illness weather etc. your transportation can not be relied on getting to work can be quite a challenge. There is always the question about disclosing your disability and to who exactly. Do you tell your boss but not your coworkers? Your coworkers and not your boss? When? Why? How do you bring it up without the possibility of them becoming either over protective of you, afraid of you or afraid you will not do a good job working?

With all that has been said here I have hardly touched the surface of what it is like to life with epilepsy. All people with seizures have different takes on things. Please know I’m not trying to generalize for all. If you are interested in this article rest assured there is plenty more to come on this subject. I will be starting

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