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Crohn’s, colitis can have major impact on work

Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases often mean that a person misses work due to symptoms and flares. A new study shows that these diseases lead to an average of 17-18 missed work days per year.

People with the inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, miss an average of 17-18 days of work per year because of these conditions, however most never tell their bosses the real reason for these absences, a major new study has revealed.

The study, Gut Responses – Irish Crohn’s and Colitis Workplace Experiences, involved over 600 people living with one or both of these conditions.

Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis cause inflammation and ulcerations of the small and large intestines. There is currently no cure for either condition and treatment usually involves drug therapy, and if this fails, surgery.

Both conditions can cause moderate to severe reactions, such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, reduced appetite and weight loss. Other symptoms can include joint pain, eye inflammation and skin problems.

These illnesses can start in childhood and there is currently no cure. According to the Irish Society of Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (ISCC), both conditions are serious but under-recognised diseases. Those affected have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer and of dying prematurely.

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