My battle with Crohn’s disease: Denton Burn man on how the condition left him in constant agony

Michael Anderson went under the knife to have a third of his bowel removed and now lives with an ileostomy bag

Five years ago Michael Anderson was virtually housebound and in constant agony as he battled Crohn’s Disease.

The 27-year-old says the debilitating bowel condition left him unable to sleep, go out with friends or even stand up straight.

Michael, from Denton Burn, was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2012, after experiencing terrible rashes down his legs and a swollen ankle.

He didn’t realise that these symptoms would be linked to his bowels, but then he researched online and saw links to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

“I’d never heard of Crohn’s Disease before and it was quite scary when the doctors told me that’s what it was,” said Michael.

He described the condition as “excruciating”, saying at its worst it left him going to the toilet 10 times a day.

described the condition as “excruciating”, saying at its worst it left him going to the toilet 10 times a day.

After trying natural treatments such as a liquid diet, and several kinds of medication, Michael underwent surgery last June to remove the inflammation.

“It’s been the best thing I ever did,” he said.

“I’ve had no symptoms – I’ve gone from being underweight at nine stones to being 13 stones and eating whatever I want.”

Michael is currently living with an ileostomy bag, which he found has made him even more confident. When he travelled to Tenerife last year, he wore his bag with pride.

He took part in a WALK IT event in Newcastle last weekend as he joined the fight against Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

He has also previously raised £1,200 for Crohn’s and Colitis UK by completing a skydive last year.

Michael said: “It could have affected my self-confidence, but thanks to social media I could see that there were inspirational people who didn’t let it affect their lives.”

To find your nearest WALK IT location and to sign up, visit www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/walkit

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