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vaccination in IBD Part 2- in particular

After having started with vacciating in general in the last article, obviously the particular must follow. And it does. So which vaccinations are the important ones ? And which are important now (fall) while others might be important at any time of the year ? For now of course: influenza vaccine is important, pneumococci vaccine as well.That`s what it starts with. And I would almost suggest only the ones who are vaccined or who have an appointment for vaccination already or … at least promise (IBD-patient word of honour!) to make an appointment for vaccination are allowed to read on….

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Vaccination in IBD part 1: in general…

Last year at this time when I started to write articles for this blog, vaccinating was – from my perspective – not a big issue at all. Big issue in the sense that it wasn`t generally present.
That has changed a lot. And considering the discussion from the last months on the issue of vaccinating I once again recognize how different the perception of certain issues and situations for different people are. You discuss vaccination very well and from a whole different perspective when you are healthy. When you have a chronical illness like IBD, ulcerative colitis or Crohn`s disease with evrything that´s comming with it, … you naturally have a quite different perspective on that issue.

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IBD – from suspect to diagnosis

How do we establish the diagnosis of IBD, Crohn`s disease or ulcerative colitis ? What do we need to know, what are we looking for ? Are there typical symptoms or special laboratory abnormalities that indicate IBD, maybe even more specific indicate ulcerative colitis or Crohn`s disease ? That´s what you can read here today on I.M. INFORMATION MATTERS.

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something everybody knows ? – …Calprotectin

Many of you have heard about Calprotectin already and know about it, I am sure. And some might think there is nothing more to say about it. But not everybody. Calprotectin will accompany you through the whole course of IBD. So why not know, what it is about ? Why not developing a sense of: how am I doing with my IBD – and how is the Calprotectin ?
When it is low everything is alright – of course ! When it is very high – not good at all, of course ! But there are quite some situations in between. And not every slight to moderate increase has to result a flare. Instead there is a chance to react to it and in case of elevation ask yourself: how about my selfcare ? too much going on during the last weeks ? Or not having payed enough attention to “right” nutrition ? And then of course: take countermeasure if neccessary. Your knowledge is your chance. Again and again: you as a patient have a lot of opportunities to influence the course of disease. So why not try to take advantage of the simple diagnostics ?

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