A WOMAN lived on Haribo sweets and bran flakes for a year because they were the only things that wouldn’t make her vomit.
Sianny Thomas, 36, relied on the gummy sweets and cereal while suffering from digestive issues only to later realise she was living with Crohn’s disease.
She was diagnosed during a stint in hospital after noticing a series of dramatic changes to her health.
The office manager, who also performs stand up comedy, lost three stone while her hair and nails became dull, and dark circles formed under her eyes.
Sianny said: “If Iâd been diagnosed earlier I neednât have had such strong medication, nor developed a bad relationship with food.”
As part of an appeal with Crohn’s & Colitis Uk, she wants to urge others to learn the signs so they can get help faster, Stoke-on-Trent Live reported.
She said: “If you have diarrhoea, stomach pain or blood in your poo, even if your symptoms come and go, use the symptom checker on the Crohnâs & Colitis UK website to see if it could be Crohnâs or colitis, then send the results to your GP so you both have everything you need to get the right diagnosis and the right treatment as early as possible.”
Crohn’s disease is an ongoing and life-long condition once diagnosed and there is no cure for the disease.
It is a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system.
The inflammation is the body’s reaction to injury or irritation, and can cause redness, swelling and pain.
It is often described as a chronic condition and although sufferers will have periods of good health, there are flare-ups where symptoms are more active.
Crohn’s is one of the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease – the other is a condition known as Ulcerative Colitis.
Common symptoms include recurring diarrhoea, abdominal pain and cramping – usually worse after eating and extreme tiredness.
Unintended weight loss and blood and mucus in your stools are also common symptoms.
People may only experience one of the above symptoms and some experience severe symptoms or mild problems.
It is one of the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease – the other is a condition known as Ulcerative Colitis.
It can be caused by the genes a person has inherited, an abnormal reaction of the immune system and is probably triggered by something in the environment.
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