Stress and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

For many people, myself included, stress can be a trigger for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) flare-ups. Highlighting this point, an article in Scientific American published earlier this month, illustrates how psychological stress can cause an inflammatory response and impaired food movement in the gut. The author, Josh Fischman, a senior editor at Scientific American, noted that, “scientists have traced two detailed molecular pathways from the brain to the gut that produce IBD flares.

Tina Aswani Omprakash: Own Your Crohn’s (E79)

Enjoy this interview with Tina Aswani Omprakash. When Crohn’s disease derailed her career and educational goals 17 years ago, she rose from the ashes and celebrated her graduation this summer from the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and gave the commencement address. 

Crohn’s disease and IgA nephropathy

I started this blog to share my journey with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), specifically Crohn’s disease, and how fitness and food have played a role in my quest for better health. While I’ve shared quite a bit over the years about my Crohn’s journey, I haven’t shared much about my more recent diagnosis of IgA nephropathy. So, I thought I would go ahead and dive in!

Update: GI Visit Follow Up

Last week, I finally had my follow-up visit from my colonoscopy in June. I had already received the full report and pathology findings from the biopsy in the mail, so the results weren’t a surprise—hence I didn’t mind waiting a few extra weeks for my follow-up appointment (they did offer to get me in sooner). Also, I feel good. I wasn’t expecting the appointment to reveal any earth-shattering findings, so I didn’t feel the need to rush in.

Courtney Walls (E77)

Listen online at Podbean. Enjoy this interview with Courtney Walls. She’s been an IBD warrior since 2006, and is passionate about sharing her story and experiences to help inspire others on their own journey.  She shares the ups and downs of life with IBD, showing that despite this illness, you can achieve your dreams. LinksContinue reading “Courtney Walls (E77)”

Meeting my new gastroenterologist

A few weeks ago, I finally met with my new gastroenterologist in the VA community care network. In stark contrast to my October visit with the gastroenterologist who blew me off, this one actually took me seriously and listened to everything I had to say, even though I’m feeling well and doing good overall right now.

IgAN and Crohn’s disease

I recently had a follow-up appointment with my nephrologist at the VA hospital here in Florida for IgA nephropathy. Overall things are good (yay!), but the long and the short of it is that I need to eat more food and drink less water. I’m so used to being told I’m dehydrated that this was definitely new advice for me!