Fletcher: I Support 20 or 30 Bowel Disease Sufferers Daily
West Bromwich Albion and former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has told BBC Radio 5 live Daily that he is in 'constant' personal contact with dozens of sufferers of Ulcerative Colitis, and phones or texts them regularly to offer personal support as they cope with the debilitating condition that almost ended his career.
Common symptoms of ulcerative colitis include:
• Abdominal pain
• Increased abdominal sounds
• Bloody stools
• Rectal pain
• Weight loss
He told Adrian Chiles: 'I'm pretty much in constant contact with between 20 or 30 people through text message and phone call and maybe their journey through operations and the different stages of it.'
Fletcher was diagnosed with the inflammatory bowel disease in 2011. His condition couldn't be controlled by drugs, but he has made a full recovery after undergoing reconstructive bowel surgery.
Ulcerative Colitis causes ulcers in the large intestine, meaning sufferers need the toilet up to thirty times a day, and only have a few seconds to get there.
This clip is originally from 5 live Daily on Tuesday 16 May 2017.
Men, as a rule shy away from the doctor's surgery, but having said that this disease is a killer and symptoms similar to those described above should be acted upon immediately.