This section of the website contains information on different
aspects of every day life with IBD.
The majority of it has been produced by Crohns and Colitis UK, a
charitable organisation whose aim is to improve life for
everyone affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Their
website provides a wealth of information which is available to all
and we would recommend that you have a look at it.
If you have recently been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
or Crohn's Disease or if you have had the
condition for some time, you may have many questions. Knowing
more about your condition can help you to feel better informed
and able to take a more active part in decisions about your
treatment. We hope these booklets will give you and your family and
friends a better understanding of your condition and how
it is treated.
If you have IBD your doctor or IBD nurse is likely to prescribe
medication (drugs) as part of your treatment. We do not yet know
what causes IBD, so these drugs are not cures, but they can be very
effective in treating your symptoms.
Azathioprine & 6-Mercaptopurine
Infliximab & Humira
When travelling with IBD it helps to plan ahead. This leaflet
contains useful travel tips from people with IBD and important
information/advice from health care professionals. Please remember
however, that everyone with IBD is different. This leaflet is
intended as a guide only and further advice can be obtained from
your IBD Consultant or Nurse Specialists.
Travel & Immunisations
This site offers advice including vaccinations, medication,
managing diarrhoea and travel insurance aswell as other helpful
hints and tips for travelling with IBD. http://www.ibdpassport.com/
Most women with Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis can expect to have
a normal pregnancy and a healthy baby. But, if you have IBD and are
pregnant you may need to take extra care and perhaps change your
treatment. Find out more about how IBD or the drugs and surgery
used to treat it may sometimes affect a pregnancy. We also cover
medication use when breastfeeding and whether being pregnant or
having a baby might affect your IBD.
Planning for a baby when your partner has IBD can raise many
questions.These questions are answered in the Crohns and
Colitis UK information sheets:
Anyone with IBD is likely to need investigations at some
time. They are usually done to help identify the cause of
your symptoms and to plan treatment. Another reason that
investigations are required is to make sure that everything is
ok, blood tests when you come to clinic for example. The
following leaflet will give you more information about some of the
investigations you might need.
Endoscopy is a procedure that involves looking inside
the body with an Endoscope - this is a fine tube with a camera at
the end and a channel inside where tools can be passed to take
biopsies or stretch a narrowed area for example. Most people with
Inflammatory Bowel Disease will need an endoscopy at some time. The
ones you are most likely to need are either Sigmoidoscopy,
Colonoscopy or Gastroscopy.
Sigmoidoscopy looks at the rectum and left hand side of the
large bowel (the sigmoid colon). You may need an enema just before
the procedure to empty this area.
Colonoscopy looks at the rectum, the whole of the large bowel
(sigmoid, transverse and ascending colon) and also the terminal
ileum (end of the small bowel) in most cases. You will need to take
some medicine the day before the procedure to clean out the bowel.
Colonoscopies are usually carried out under sedation.
Gastroscopy looks at the oesophagus, stomach and part of the
duodenum. You will be given a choice of whether or not to have
sedation or a local anaesthetic throat spray.
Endoscopies in CDDFT are carried out in
the Endoscopy Unit's at Darlington, Bishop Auckland,
University Hospital North Durham or Shotley Bridge. Here are links
to videos you may find useful should you need to undergo an
If diet and lifestyle changes, drug therapy, or other treatments
don't relieve your IBD signs and symptoms, your doctor may
recommend surgery. This information sheet gives you more
information on the surgcical options available.
If you need more than 3 prescription items in 3 months or 14 in
12 months it may be worth buying a Prescription Pre-payment
The charge for a single prescribed medicine is £7.65,
whereas a three-month PPC will cost you £29.10 and a 12-month PPC
For more information visit http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/1127.aspx and our
drug information pages
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham