Working With Crohn’s Disease and IBD

Working With Crohn’s Disease and IBD
If you suffer from Crohn's disease, you may or may not still be working a typical full-time job. Some IBD sufferers may have complications that prevent them from working the "normal" 9 to 5. For some, careers, educations, and personal life sit on the back burner while they manage their disease. When I began having Crohn's problems, I was in school, and I am lucky enough to have completed it before my Crohn's got worse. Months later, my Crohn's disease progressed and I began to have more troubles, such as bleeding, urgency, incontinence, and the "fun" that comes with getting a diagnosis. My diagnosis took two years, but during this time, I started a job. Then my perianal abscess and fistulotomy abruptly happened not long after. I had to walk away from the job to recover from one rectal surgery after another. That is when I moved. After I moved, I didn't go to work for another two years. Granted, I worked from home writing, but nothing else. Colonoscopy after colonoscopy, endoscopies and pill capsule endoscopies, scans, tests, more ailments like migraines and ovarian cysts, Crohn's-induced emergency room visits, anxiety, depression, and the fear of an "accident" happening ... it consumed my life and I was unable to work. I am still suffering from my Crohn's disease and trying to find a treatment plan that works for me. I still see doctors and have tests done, and I seem to gain new troubles weekly. But some things are finally coming under control, and I began a new job a few months ago. If you are lucky enough to be able to work with Crohn's disease or IBD, having a Crohn's-friendly work environment is an essential part of your IBD management. I th
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