PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 February 2019 Chris Murphy A new technique in treatment using a patients own modified cells could be the key to treating Crohns disease. Photo: NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ BRC Dan Lewis/VisMedia A Bexley woman is welcoming new research into the debilitating condition, Crohn’s disease. Rachel Sawyer has helped with the research. Photo: Rachel SawyerRachel Sawyer runs a Twitter feed on the illness which affects 620,000 people in the UK.A new technique in treatment using a patient’s own modified cells could be the key to treating Crohn’s.It has so far proven to be effective in experiments using human cells, with a clinical trial of the treatment expected to start in the next six months.One of those patients is Rachel, 50, a communications manager from Anerley.She was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2000 and treated at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.Although her condition is now under control, she … [Read more...] about Bexley woman helps with Crohn’s disease breakthrough
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CROHN'S disease can spark a number of debilitating symptoms – including weight loss. But when one patient shrunk in size, he became a bodybuilder. By Sophie Roberts/Published 29th January 2019 Manny Singh Tura saw his weight plummet when his bowel burst two years ago.The Leeds-based man tipped the scales at a dangerous 4.5st as he battled Crohn’s disease.After undertaking life-changing surgery, he decided to take up bodybuilding.The 27-year-old hunk now competes in competitions and has since broken a regional weightlifting record.Scroll down to see his incredible transformation. Related Articles Identical twins BOTH have gender reassignment surgery from female to male Tragic boy who ate toilet paper and dirt due to rare eating condition dies aged 11 Woman celebrates port wine stain birth mark with GENIUS tattoo Manny only weighed 7.5st when his bowel burst in December, 2016.He was rushed to surgery, where he had 30cm of his bowel removed.The Crohn’s patient was … [Read more...] about Crohn’s disease patient who weighed 4.5st transforms himself into a bodybuilder
A brave teenager who wrote a Christmas song while in hospital battling Crohn’s Disease is hoping to raise awareness of the condition and funds to help others. Amelia Grace, 18, from Lindfield, set herself a goal of recording the song ‘A Cliche Christmas’ when she was feeling better, and it is now available to watch on YouTube. Amelia said: “I have had such an amazing response, it is so great.“As an 18-year-old you expect to do 18-year-old things and it can be quite hard seeing my friends doing all of these things, but this has really helped me mentally.“I have always been into music and I would love to continue to write songs and raise awareness of this invisible illness.”Amelia was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2016 during her GCSEs. She was hospitalised for three weeks last summer after a severe flare which caused her to lose a shocking 10kg in a very short period of time. She needed blood transfusions, infusions and was facing … [Read more...] about Meet the brave Lindfield teenager who penned a Christmas song from her hospital bed to raise awareness of Crohn’s Disease
CROHN’S disease can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, but here we look more closely at the symptoms, causes and management of the condition. By Ariane Sohrabi-Shiraz/Published 5th December 2018 Crohn’s Disease and Colitis impact the lives of thousands of people across the country every day.This week, from December 1 to 7, is Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week – a week which aims to increase understanding of the conditions.These “invisible illnesses” are mainly diseases of the gut – but can affect every part of the body.There is no known cure for the conditions, and the stigma and misunderstanding around them means thousands are suffering in silence.Here we look more closely at the symptoms, causes and management of the conditions. Crohn’s disease symptoms: What are the causes, symptoms and management? (Pic: GETTY) What is Crohn’s disease?Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are chronic conditions, but the … [Read more...] about Crohn’s disease symptoms: What are the causes, symptoms and management?
WHEN she was at school, Lauren Reed was plagued by sharp, stabbing pains in her tummy. At 14, she started to feel tired all the time before noticing splashes of bright red blood in the loo after doing a number two. Mum, Tracy, took her to their family doctor. Investigations were done, but at first, specialists couldn’t find anything wrong. But seven years later, the 21-year-old said she's been left with a "Barbie bumhole", after doctors were forced to remove her rectum to treat severe bowel disease. "They seemed to think I was attention-seeking, even asking me to take pictures of the toilet bowl, after using it, to prove I really was losing blood," Lauren told The Sun. "Over the next couple of years, my symptoms gradually worsened, until I needed to open my bowels up to 15 times daily. Worst of all, I got an awful feeling of urgency whenever I needed to go. "If I couldn’t get to the loo straight away, I couldn’t hold it and might have an accident." Increasingly … [Read more...] about Waitress, 21, left with ‘Barbie bumhole’ after rectum is REMOVED when tummy ache turns out to be Crohn’s disease