Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) can have a big impact on someone’s daily life, affecting everything from their work and social life to their diets and routines.
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are a types of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and affect one in every 123 people in the UK, increasing to 1 in every 67 for people aged over 70. These conditions affect the digestive system with ulcerative colitis affecting the large intestine or colon and Crohn’s occurring anywhere in the digestive tract.
Both conditions can cause diarrhoea as well as stomach pains and cramps and managing these physical symptoms can have affects on someone’s quality of life.
Many people living with these conditions may worry about how to manage their symptoms when they are outside of the comfort of their own home such as at work, school or out with their friends. When out in public, people with IBD may need to locate public bathrooms while they are out or make a meal plan ahead of time before eating out with friends.
These conditions can also have an affect on a person’s mental health if they feel unsupported or misunderstood by their friends and family. For people who are close to someone who is living with Crohn’s or colitis, be open and supportive of any help they may need when experiencing a flare up or unpredictable symptoms.
For those living with IBD who are in romantic relationships, they may worry about being intimate with their partner as their symptoms can occur at any time, or have trouble being able to keep up with physical activity when they are experiencing abdominal pain.
MAC Clinical Research understand the difficulties associated with living with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis and are looking for people living with these conditions who are aged 18-75 and 18-80 respectively.
Clinical trials allow researchers to investigate potential new treatments for conditions such as Crohn’s and colitis, to hopefully improve quality of life for those whose current treatments aren’t working, but we cannot do this without the help of volunteers. By taking part in one of our clinical trials, you may be able to help yourself and generations to come, and play your part in medical history.
To find out more about MAC’s clinical trial for Crohn’s disease visit our website here.
To find out more about MAC’s clinical trial for ulcerative colitis visit our website here.