GOT STOMACH PAIN? Blackburn man's plea after bowel agony ordeal

Imran Yousaf is pleased high-profile figures are talking about colitis and other bowel conditions

Imran Yousaf is pleased high-profile figures are talking about colitis and other bowel conditions

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A SHOP owner has been inspired to speak out about his battle with colitis, in the hope of encouraging others not to suffer in silence.

Imran Yousaf, 24, developed agonising stomach pains last August. After two visits to his GP, he collapsed and was taken to hospital.

Medics found he had colitis - a long-term condition, where the large intestine and rectum become inflamed.

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The owner of Premier Late Shopper, in Shear Brow, Blackburn, decided to speak out about his condition after former model Bethany Townsend, who has Crohn's Disease (a similar type of bowel condition), posed in a bikini with her colostomy bag in full view.

The picture encouraged thousands of sufferers to post similar images of themselves online.

Mr Yousaf, of Howgill Close, Nelson said he had never heard of his condition before he was diagnosed.

Urging anyone who suffers unexplained stomach pain to get checked out, he said: “Before this I was a fit and healthy young man. I went to the gym everyday and I worked hard.

“When I started with the stomach pain, I just tried to ignore it, thinking that it would go away but eventually it just became too painful for me to stand. I was screaming in agony. Now, I haven’t worked in my shop for nearly 10 months.”

Colitis sufferers can develop small ulcers on the lining of their colon that can bleed and produce pus if left untreated. In severe cases it can lead to part of the intestine being removed and replaced with a colostomy bag.

It is estimated that around one in every 420 people living in the UK has ulcerative colitis; around 146,000 people.

The condition can develop at any age, but is most often diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 25.

Mr Yousaf praised Miss Townsend’s efforts to raise awareness of the condition.

He said: “I am glad that more people are talking about it and I think she (Bethany) has done a brilliant thing.

“It has made me feel more relaxed about the future that I will face because I know that will be me one day. Darren Fletcher, who plays for Manchester United, has also said that he suffers from colitis and it makes it so much easier to explain my condition to people when they’ve heard that high-profile people have it too.

“At first, I was so embarrassed and shy about it.

“I didn’t even want to tell my family about it but now, I’m on medication, I am feeling a bit better and I’m happy that the world seems to be more open to talking about the condition.

“I just want to urge people to look out for the symptoms and to get checked out straight away.”

For more information about the condition visit www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/.

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10:00am Wed 16 Jul 14

Lancashire Resident says...

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. Lancashire Resident
  • Score: 35

10:00am Wed 16 Jul 14

Lancashire Resident says...

Losing weight may help.
Losing weight may help. Lancashire Resident
  • Score: 32

1:39pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Blackburn Girl says...

Lancashire Resident wrote:
Losing weight may help.
You are an idiot. These inflammatory bowel conditions are managed with high dose steroids which cause obesity as well as very serious metabolic side effects. Perhaps you will be happy if his bowel finally gives up and he has to fed intravenously. Maybe he will be thin enough for you then. Moron. My uttermost respect goes out Imran. Being young and facing your own mortality is bad enough but to put yourself out there to spread the word for other youngsters is inspirational. Best wishes.
[quote][p][bold]Lancashire Resident[/bold] wrote: Losing weight may help.[/p][/quote]You are an idiot. These inflammatory bowel conditions are managed with high dose steroids which cause obesity as well as very serious metabolic side effects. Perhaps you will be happy if his bowel finally gives up and he has to fed intravenously. Maybe he will be thin enough for you then. Moron. My uttermost respect goes out Imran. Being young and facing your own mortality is bad enough but to put yourself out there to spread the word for other youngsters is inspirational. Best wishes. Blackburn Girl
  • Score: 11

4:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

TONY WALES says...

Blackburn Girl wrote:
Lancashire Resident wrote:
Losing weight may help.
You are an idiot. These inflammatory bowel conditions are managed with high dose steroids which cause obesity as well as very serious metabolic side effects. Perhaps you will be happy if his bowel finally gives up and he has to fed intravenously. Maybe he will be thin enough for you then. Moron. My uttermost respect goes out Imran. Being young and facing your own mortality is bad enough but to put yourself out there to spread the word for other youngsters is inspirational. Best wishes.
Due to years of poor diet.

Does not know anything about healthy food?
Does not take any exercise?
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn Girl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancashire Resident[/bold] wrote: Losing weight may help.[/p][/quote]You are an idiot. These inflammatory bowel conditions are managed with high dose steroids which cause obesity as well as very serious metabolic side effects. Perhaps you will be happy if his bowel finally gives up and he has to fed intravenously. Maybe he will be thin enough for you then. Moron. My uttermost respect goes out Imran. Being young and facing your own mortality is bad enough but to put yourself out there to spread the word for other youngsters is inspirational. Best wishes.[/p][/quote]Due to years of poor diet. Does not know anything about healthy food? Does not take any exercise? TONY WALES
  • Score: 21

4:52pm Wed 16 Jul 14

onsidecobra says...

Well done Imran Yousaf for speaking out about this awful condition and not being ashamed of it. Hopefully more people will be aware of colitis and so seek medical attention.
Well done Imran Yousaf for speaking out about this awful condition and not being ashamed of it. Hopefully more people will be aware of colitis and so seek medical attention. onsidecobra
  • Score: 11

6:20pm Wed 16 Jul 14

sen c b l says...

Lancashire Resident wrote:
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Why have you received 20 or so thumbs up for quoting 4'k ole. ?
It seems there are further idiots that actually think like you for either not saying at all or to that 5h1t comment you posted later on, and that TONY WALES does get on my t1ts every now and then!
[quote][p][bold]Lancashire Resident[/bold] wrote: .[/p][/quote]Why have you received 20 or so thumbs up for quoting 4'k ole. ? It seems there are further idiots that actually think like you for either not saying at all or to that 5h1t comment you posted later on, and that TONY WALES does get on my t1ts every now and then! sen c b l
  • Score: -24

9:27pm Wed 16 Jul 14

adamdesk says...

good lad good lad good lad
good lad good lad good lad adamdesk
  • Score: -15

9:27pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Cimbri says...

When a full stop as a comment receives 23 thumbs up (so far), you get the impression that there is something going on here, that isn't normal. Or is that they 'said the most when they said nothing at all', like a line from an Alison Krauss song?
When a full stop as a comment receives 23 thumbs up (so far), you get the impression that there is something going on here, that isn't normal. Or is that they 'said the most when they said nothing at all', like a line from an Alison Krauss song? Cimbri
  • Score: -26

1:45am Thu 17 Jul 14

CyberWala says...

the ignorance shown by some idiots on here that his weight or lifestyle was a contributory factor pretty much explifies the clueless nature of such fools.

Ulcerative Colitis is a disease that the medical profession has not yet discovered the cause of. It is understood to do with the auto immune system but as yet no one knows what triggers the onset. If weight or lifestyle were factors then the Premier League footballer Darren Fletcher would never have had contracted it... nor would one of the greatest British olympians of all time Sir Steve Redgrave have the condition at an early age. Both these atheletes are perfect examples of top sportsmen in otherwise pink of health

When you get Colitis, you are hospitalised for weeks, the first thing they do when you are diagnosed is put you on intravenous sterioids..... that results in hefty weight gain and bloating. Once the intravenous drips are stopped..... you continue taking oral steriods for upto 3 to 6 months... which means more weight gain. Colitis is a chronic condiition with no cure. It is managed with medication.... and constant hospital admissions as the condition flares up without warning and the process starts all over again.

So before clever dicks make groundless deductions as to the cause of a person illness just based on a picture of the person suffering from the illness, may be they should do some basic research.
the ignorance shown by some idiots on here that his weight or lifestyle was a contributory factor pretty much explifies the clueless nature of such fools. Ulcerative Colitis is a disease that the medical profession has not yet discovered the cause of. It is understood to do with the auto immune system but as yet no one knows what triggers the onset. If weight or lifestyle were factors then the Premier League footballer Darren Fletcher would never have had contracted it... nor would one of the greatest British olympians of all time Sir Steve Redgrave have the condition at an early age. Both these atheletes are perfect examples of top sportsmen in otherwise pink of health When you get Colitis, you are hospitalised for weeks, the first thing they do when you are diagnosed is put you on intravenous sterioids..... that results in hefty weight gain and bloating. Once the intravenous drips are stopped..... you continue taking oral steriods for upto 3 to 6 months... which means more weight gain. Colitis is a chronic condiition with no cure. It is managed with medication.... and constant hospital admissions as the condition flares up without warning and the process starts all over again. So before clever dicks make groundless deductions as to the cause of a person illness just based on a picture of the person suffering from the illness, may be they should do some basic research. CyberWala
  • Score: 22

8:34am Thu 17 Jul 14

TONY WALES says...

sen c b l wrote:
Lancashire Resident wrote:
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Why have you received 20 or so thumbs up for quoting 4'k ole. ?
It seems there are further idiots that actually think like you for either not saying at all or to that 5h1t comment you posted later on, and that TONY WALES does get on my t1ts every now and then!
Slowly slowly catchee monkey........
bait the hook......... and wait until one takes the hook?

Are they worth getting on?
[quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancashire Resident[/bold] wrote: .[/p][/quote]Why have you received 20 or so thumbs up for quoting 4'k ole. ? It seems there are further idiots that actually think like you for either not saying at all or to that 5h1t comment you posted later on, and that TONY WALES does get on my t1ts every now and then![/p][/quote]Slowly slowly catchee monkey........ bait the hook......... and wait until one takes the hook? Are they worth getting on? TONY WALES
  • Score: 13

11:24am Thu 17 Jul 14

englishmuslim says...

TONY WALES wrote:
sen c b l wrote:
Lancashire Resident wrote:
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Why have you received 20 or so thumbs up for quoting 4'k ole. ?
It seems there are further idiots that actually think like you for either not saying at all or to that 5h1t comment you posted later on, and that TONY WALES does get on my t1ts every now and then!
Slowly slowly catchee monkey........
bait the hook......... and wait until one takes the hook?

Are they worth getting on?
Shut up you sheep $hagging tit
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancashire Resident[/bold] wrote: .[/p][/quote]Why have you received 20 or so thumbs up for quoting 4'k ole. ? It seems there are further idiots that actually think like you for either not saying at all or to that 5h1t comment you posted later on, and that TONY WALES does get on my t1ts every now and then![/p][/quote]Slowly slowly catchee monkey........ bait the hook......... and wait until one takes the hook? Are they worth getting on?[/p][/quote]Shut up you sheep $hagging tit englishmuslim
  • Score: -16

1:01pm Thu 17 Jul 14

sen c b l says...

TONY WALES wrote:
sen c b l wrote:
Lancashire Resident wrote:
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Why have you received 20 or so thumbs up for quoting 4'k ole. ?
It seems there are further idiots that actually think like you for either not saying at all or to that 5h1t comment you posted later on, and that TONY WALES does get on my t1ts every now and then!
Slowly slowly catchee monkey........
bait the hook......... and wait until one takes the hook?

Are they worth getting on?
Rag and bone man, Steptoe has woken.
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancashire Resident[/bold] wrote: .[/p][/quote]Why have you received 20 or so thumbs up for quoting 4'k ole. ? It seems there are further idiots that actually think like you for either not saying at all or to that 5h1t comment you posted later on, and that TONY WALES does get on my t1ts every now and then![/p][/quote]Slowly slowly catchee monkey........ bait the hook......... and wait until one takes the hook? Are they worth getting on?[/p][/quote]Rag and bone man, Steptoe has woken. sen c b l
  • Score: -15

10:51am Wed 23 Jul 14

Lancashire123 says...

Blackburn Girl wrote:
Lancashire Resident wrote:
Losing weight may help.
You are an idiot. These inflammatory bowel conditions are managed with high dose steroids which cause obesity as well as very serious metabolic side effects. Perhaps you will be happy if his bowel finally gives up and he has to fed intravenously. Maybe he will be thin enough for you then. Moron. My uttermost respect goes out Imran. Being young and facing your own mortality is bad enough but to put yourself out there to spread the word for other youngsters is inspirational. Best wishes.
Still, a healthy diet plus exercise doesn't harm anyone. I'm not a doctor but by looking at this guy, he seriously should consider losing weight.
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn Girl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancashire Resident[/bold] wrote: Losing weight may help.[/p][/quote]You are an idiot. These inflammatory bowel conditions are managed with high dose steroids which cause obesity as well as very serious metabolic side effects. Perhaps you will be happy if his bowel finally gives up and he has to fed intravenously. Maybe he will be thin enough for you then. Moron. My uttermost respect goes out Imran. Being young and facing your own mortality is bad enough but to put yourself out there to spread the word for other youngsters is inspirational. Best wishes.[/p][/quote]Still, a healthy diet plus exercise doesn't harm anyone. I'm not a doctor but by looking at this guy, he seriously should consider losing weight. Lancashire123
  • Score: 0

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