My Ulcerative Colitis Is in Remission

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in March 2018. Last month (June 2020), I described how I was free of any symptoms or clinical signs of the disease. Periodic blood tests measuring inflammatory markers (C-reactive protein and erythrocyte sedimentation rate) since my diagnosis have been within their normal reference ranges.

On July 15, 2020 (a little over a fortnight ago), I underwent a follow-up colonoscopy. Other than internal haemorrhoids, a problem I’ve known to have for nearly three decades, this colonoscopy was normal, i.e. no specific pathology was seen in my rectum or any other part of my colon.

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In Search for My Ideal Bicycle Saddle Bag: How the VOUEL SNAP.B Stacks Up

:small_red_triangle:The VOUEL SNAP.B Saddle Bag. Click here if you want to dive straight to what I have to say about the SNAP.B.

A saddle bag on a road bike can be a contentious topic, mainly due to aesthetic considerations. However, for me, the issue of how to best carry the essentials on my rides goes beyond superficial appearance.

I still vacillate between stuffing all my gear in my jersey pockets and carrying it in a saddle bag. Both options have their pros and cons. So, depending on my mood, I might carry everything in my jersey pockets or use a saddle bag.

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How I Cope With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

More than two years after being diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), I have finally found a way to keep my IBS symptoms at bay.

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How Bad Is My Ulcerative Colitis?

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in March 2018, i.e. 27 months ago. The mention of “ulcerative colitis” to the average layperson doesn’t usually elicit much of a reaction, presumably because they don’t know what the term means (nor do I expect them to). Therefore, I often refer to my ulcerative colitis (UC) as a “lifelong gut problem” when speaking to laypersons.

In contrast, when I tell healthcare professionals, especially medical doctors, I have UC, their reaction is very different—usually some combination of shock, empathy and concern—probably because of a presumption my UC is severe or life-threatening. By virtue of my line of work, I run into many healthcare professionals, which, in turn, means I often have to clarify any misconceptions of UC and describe how the disease actually affects me.

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Cycling Gave Me Urinary Problems and Erectile Dysfunction

Photo: Pbrundel - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Although ulcerative colitis is my most serious active medical problem, and irritable bowel syndrome generally my most vexing on a day-to-day basis, the most prominent health issue I had to deal with since the start of the current local COVID-19 lockdown (aka Movement Control Order, MCO) period related to my urinary and erectile function—this certainly came from left field!

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How I Was Diagnosed With Ulcerative Colitis: Bayesianism and Eliminative Abduction

When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.

—James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)

I was given a presumptive diagnosis of ulcerative colitis (UC) on March 9, 2018. In this article, I recount the symptoms and events that led to this diagnosis.

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How to Install Meta-Analysis Commands in Stata

Stata, a statistical software package by StataCorp, boasts an impressive suite of meta-analysis features. metan is the Stata module for fixed and random effects meta-analysis. metafunnel “plots funnel plots: graphical displays used to examine whether the results of a meta-analysis may have been affected by publication or other types of bias.” These two commands did not come with Stata 10 by default; users of this and a number of subsequent versions of Stata have to download and install these user-written meta-analysis commands themselves.

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