Ibd Sufferers: You Can End the Struggle

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Ibd Sufferers: You Can End the Struggle

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis eight years ago, and I was told that I would likely struggle with flare-ups for the rest of my life. I heard stories of other sufferers who had to eventually have their colons removed, and I became determined to not become part of this statistic. I was prescribed a daily medication that helps manage my condition, and although I don't like taking pills, I realize I need it to keep my colon healthy. I still experienced flares, so I began an elimination diet recommended by my doctor and found my "trigger" foods. I have now been flare-free for two years! I created this blog to help remind others with IBD that there is hope. You can end the constant struggle if you work with your doctor to try different methods of controlling your disease.

Lose The Fat: How To Get Ready For Your Coolsculpting Treatment

If you're tired of those fatty deposits that you just can't seem to get rid of, it's time for some coolsculpting. Coolsculpting uses freezing temperatures to blast away the stubborn fat that won't go away, no matter how much you exercise. Coolsculpting doesn't require surgery, which means there's no downtime to worry about. You can get back to your daily activities right after treatment. But, there are some things you need to do to prepare for treatment. Here are four tips that will help you prepare for coolsculpting. 

Avoid Skin Damage

If you've decided to try coolsculpting, you'll want to take care of your skin. Skin problems can interfere with your ability to undergo coolsculpting. To avoid delays, pay close attention to your skin for the week prior to your coolsculpting appointment. First, wear sunscreen whenever you're going to be outside. Second, watch for signs of injuries, including cuts and scrapes. If you get sunburned or injure your skin prior to your appointment, be sure to let the technicians know. You may need to reschedule your treatment. 

Discontinue Pain Killers

If you're going in for coolsculpting, make sure you discontinue your painkillers, including over-the-counter medications. Some painkillers increase your risk of bruising. If you take other medications, be sure to talk to your doctor about them. Medications that cause blood thinning can also increase your risk for post-treatment bruising. If you are on prescription medications, be sure to talk to your coolsculpting provider. They'll need to have a list of your medications. 

Prepare for Treatment Day

If you've scheduled your coolsculpting treatment, it's time to prepare for your appointment. You'll want to wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. You'll be provided disposable clothing to wear during the session, but you'll keep your own undergarments. Prior to treatment, the target areas will be coated with a freeze-gel. To ensure comfort, wear undergarments that aren't too tight or form fitting. The freeze-gel can stain. So, be sure to wear undergarments that you're not attached to. 

Understand the After-Effects 

If you've decided to undergo coolsculpting treatments, it's important for you to understand the after-effects. Following the procedure, you may experience some mild cramping and tenderness in the affected areas. You may also notice some tingling and numbness in those areas. These issues should resolve themselves in a matter of days. If you continue to experience the effects for several weeks after treatment, be sure to contact your doctor.