The ABC of IBD: “B” is for blood test

In the previous post, I was going on and on about how important blood tests are. I use the term “blood test” as a blanket term, because really, there are plenty of different blood tests, from doing bacteria cultures to testing your blood sugar level. Most of the time, you’ll get something called “Cbc and Auto Diff” (complete blood count and automated differential). It is a rather broad test that can screen for diseases, see if certain conditions like anemiaRead more

The ABC of IBD: “A” is for Anemia

Many people with IBD have a hard time conveying that their disease is more than just “a bathroom disease” (whatever that may mean). While digestion and its products certainly do play a big part, they are a fraction of everything that happens to you in the grand scheme of things. So, my newest project is to go through the alphabet and explain symptoms, medications, procedures- things that have to do with IBD. I’ll give you a brief definition and tellRead more