You’re lacking a proper treatment plan
Experts agree that medical noncompliance can be dangerous, especially for those with Crohn’s. “First, we know this is a lifelong disease that is progressive in nature, which means that, if not properly cared for, the disease will get worse,” explains Ashish S. Patel, MD, gastroenterologist and director of the Southwestern Center for Pediatric IBD at Children’s Health. And that’s why it’s so important to watch for symptoms—here are 11 signs of Crohn’s you might be missing. “Additionally, the medications that are used for treatment are primarily in a class of drugs known as immunomodulators, and the haphazard use of these drugs can be dangerous to the body without proper medical monitoring.” If you’re not following a treatment plan of some kind, even if you’ve already addressed your condition with your primary health care specialist, seek alternative care ASAP.
You’re neglecting to meet with a specialist
Due to the chronic nature of this disease, and the fact that Crohn’s can affect each patient differently, Dr. Patel, says that regularly scheduled visits with your doctors are vital for the short-term and long-term care of this disease. “A gastroenterologist can guide the care of a patient with Crohn’s through regular visits, blood and stool studies, endoscopies and nutritional management,” he adds. You could talk to the specialist about new research on a simple change to your diet that could make a big difference.