Amy Dowden hospitalised after ‘sudden flare-up’ of Crohn’s disease

Sharing to Instagram on November, 30, Sara and Tom, who’ve each been eradicated from the BBC dancing competitors, detailed how they acquired an perception into what life with Crohn’s was like, after Amy skilled an “unexpected” flare-up. This led to the skilled dancer lacking out on the Strictly reside present on Saturday evening while she recovered. The complete of Tom Fletcher’s household then stepped in to assist, as Amy stayed with the household, together with Tom’s spouse Giovanni Fletcher, after she got here out of hospital.

Within the Instagram submit, Tom defined how he had “heroically” carried Amy out into the ambulance while carrying a fetching pair of crocs, and Sara who had donated her an additional pair of trousers, while reassuring anxious followers that the Fletchers have been “taking care of her”.

The skilled dancer was identified with the situation on the age of 19, however had been experiencing signs and bouts of sickness for the reason that age of 11.

Now on the age of 31, the star has spoken out about her prognosis journey, and the signs she is all the time looking out for, incase of a flare-up.

Talking to UK primarily based charity Crohn’s and Colitis Amy mentioned: “It was such a relief to finally receive a diagnosis.

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“I just have to look out for the signs, which for me start with swollen eyes. Then I call my doctor. I have learnt to listen to my body, and to notice when things start getting out of tune.

“I know when I need to rest, and when I have to eat simply and drink lots of water. I have always been driven to win, so Crohn’s was never going to hold me back.”

According to the NHS, a “flare-up” is when people with Crohn’s expertise sudden and fixed disagreeable signs.

The primary signs of Crohn’s disease embrace:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach aches and cramps
  • Blood in your poo
  • Tiredness (fatigue)
  • Weight loss.


Amy additionally experiences swelling and redness, normally across the eyes, as a aspect impact from the irritation of the digestive system.

Speaking about his former dance accomplice Tom described Amy as “one of the strongest individuals [he’d] ever met”.

He went on to say: “Being together with her throughout a Crohn’s flare-up this weekend was a fairly scary expertise to say the least! So glad @saradaviescc and I have been together with her to do what we may till the ambulance arrived.”

When individuals experience a flare-up of symptoms, it is crucial that they receive treatment to help reduce and control symptoms.

The main treatments used by the NHS include medication to reduce inflammation, medication to stop inflammation from returning, and surgery to remove part of the digestive system.

For Amy, she finds success in managing her condition through a series of daily medication as well as a strict diet.

However in a previous interview, she described how sometimes medication, especially steroids can cause undesirable side effects such as bloating.

She said: “Although it makes me feel better, it creates water retention, making my hips, thighs and bottom bloat and my face puffy.

“I want to look my best on the dance floor, but when you get photographed in an unflattering light and people make spiteful comments about your size, it can be very hurtful.”

In addition to medication, Crohn’s and Colitis UK suggests that good nutrition is essential as it reduces your appetite while increasing your body’s energy needs. Additionally, common Crohn’s symptoms like diarrhoea can reduce your body’s ability to absorb protein, fat, carbohydrates, as well as water, vitamins, and minerals.

The charity continues to state that those who experience frequent flare-ups often find that soft, bland foods cause less discomfort in comparison to spicy and high-fibre foods.

Amy credits Strictly Come Dancing for helping her cope with her condition, despite becoming “more ill” in recent years. She added: “Strictly has been more than a dance show to me, it got me through the darkest times of my illness. For me it was a big inspiration to keep me dancing.

“Dancing has pulled me through my Crohn’s but it’s a battle. I live in fear that what I love the most could be taken away. And I’ve been more ill this year than I have been in a long time.”

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