Check with Your Care Team if You Have These Concerning Symptoms

Check with Your Care Team if You Have These Concerning Symptoms
When To See Your Health Care Team With Crohn's Disease With Crohn's disease and IBD, monitoring your symptoms, recognizing changes in your body, and knowing when to contact your care team are all essential parts of disease management. In this column, I am a little more opinionated than normally. Of course, I cannot tell you when to see your care team, but I can reflect on my experiences and suggest moments that I have, and would, contact my doctors. With Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the symptoms and the diseases themselves are very chaotic. Top to bottom, Crohn's patients can be affected everywhere. From the digestive tract to the extra-intestinal complications, Crohn's disease symptoms can change from mild to severe, gradually and suddenly. Knowing signs to look out for and when to contact your care team is important. I will note that if you feel you need to visit the emergency room, do not hesitate. I would much rather go to the ER and have them tell me that I am suffering pain from something minor-ish rather than not go and end up suffering from bowel perforations or obstructions. You know your body better than anyone, you know when your body and symptoms have changed, and you know when something just doesn't feel right and needs adjustments.
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