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Crohn's and Colitis are painful, debilitating and widely misunderstood.
Symptoms can include diarrhoea (often with blood), severe pain, extreme fatigue, and dramatic weight loss. At present there is no cure for Crohn’s and Colitis, but drugs and sometimes surgery can give long periods of relief from symptoms. This means 1 in 210 people are living with these unpredictable, life-long and potentially life-threatening conditions.
And they don’t just affect the gut. They can affect almost every part of your body and every aspect of your life: from digestion and joints to energy levels and mental health. They also affect many parts of life – from education and work to relationships. These conditions are hidden – so you won’t be able to see that someone is unwell. That’s why we run a campaign called ‘Not Every Disability is Visible’, which aims to change public perceptions of disability, by changing signs on accessible toilet doors.
We’re the UK’s leading charity for Crohn’s and Colitis. And we’re here for everyone affected by Crohn’s and Colitis. We’re working to improve diagnosis and treatment, and to fund research into a cure. We raise awareness and give people the hope, comfort and confidence to live freer, fuller lives.
We know it can be difficult to live with, or support someone living with these conditions. But you’re not alone. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information and can support you to live well with Crohn’s or Colitis.
Our helpline team can help by:
Providing information about Crohn’s and Colitis.
Listening and talking through your situation.
Helping you to find support from others in the Crohn’s and Colitis community.
Signposting you to specialist organisations.
Please be aware we’re not medically or legally trained. We cannot provide detailed financial or benefits advice or specialist emotional support.
Please contact us via telephone, email or LiveChat - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except English bank holidays).