Fecal Matter Transplants: Link Round-Up

Fecal Matter Transplants: Link Round-Up

I’ve been curious about fecal matter transplants (FMT) since I first read about them a few years ago. As the name suggests, a fecal transplant is a procedure where stool from a healthy person is transferred to a sick person. It has been used as a treatment for Clostridium difficile (c. diff), a bacteria that can take over your intestine, and is increasingly being studied for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.

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From Infusions to Pills: An Update

From Infusions to Pills: An Update

At the beginning of the year, I wrote about some strange, possibly colitis-related things that happened to me in December. I had an infected abscess that could turn into a Crohn’s-related fistula, some digestive symptoms, and a swollen ankle. I also saw a new gastroenterologist, who ordered tests of my Entyvio levels and antibody levels and a flexible sigmoidoscopy for January.

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How I Decided to Start a Biologic

How I Decided to Start a Biologic

I’ve always been scared to take medication. I’m the kind of person who reads all of the side effects and then imagines I have all of them. When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, my gastroenterologist prescribed Rowasa enemas and then Colazal. I was scared to take those, even though I’ve since learned that they are among the mildest medications used to treat IBD.

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Entyvio Connect, Revisited

Entyvio Connect, Revisited

One of the most popular posts on my blog is one from last year, A Guide to Using Entyvio Connect. I guess that isn’t surprising, since I wrote the post after experiencing much confusion and inconvenience trying to get Entyvio Connect to reimburse my health care provider for the cost of my Entyvio infusions. I’ve been meaning to update that post after having been through the process again this year, but I’ve been dreading it. I wish I had better news, but it was just as dizzying this year.

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A Guide to Using Entyvio Connect

A Guide to Using Entyvio Connect

I have spent many months trying to figure out how to get Entyvio Connect, a patient assistance program for individuals on Entyvio, to reimburse my health care provider for the cost of the medication for my infusion in January. It has involved many phone calls to my provider and to Entvyio Connect to get it all sorted out. But I finally did! Here is a guide to how it works.

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