I suppose I should finally admit it.
I think I need a new medication for my Crohn’s disease.
True, you didn’t ask me about my Crohn’s disease. Or my medications, for that matter. But I am going to tell you about them anyway. I assume that if we were face-to-face or on the phone right now, you’d ask. Because you’re nice and all.
About a month ago, I went to see my gastroenterologist to get some test results. You remember. I thought I had ulcerative colitis; I found out I had Crohn’s; and insert identity crisis here. At that appointment, I also shared some new information with my doctor. I had begun keeping track of my IBD symptoms to see if there were any patterns. I’m trying to be more aware of the way my body works so that I can provide my doctors with the most possible information, and this was step one.
I actuallydid notice something interesting. (Boys, you might want to cover your eyes for this part.) My Crohn’s and my menstrual cycle are BFFs. This is common in women, but it’s like clockwork for me. Three days before my period arrives, my joints hurt something fierce and I become so exhausted that I can hardly function. One or two days before, I get GI-related Crohn’s symptoms. Then I get my period. When it goes away, my symptoms do, too.
At first, I thought that because the symptoms are linked with my cycle that I should just suck it up. But I’m getting sick and tired of sucking it up for over a week every month — that’s a lot of my life spent in pain!
When I saw the doctor, he suggested a little tweak to my medication to try to fix it for me. He told me that if it didn’t work, I should call him and he’d put me on a new medication — one I’ve been resisting. Well, two cycles later and the little tweak isn’t working. I think it’s time to call the doctor, huh?
Here’s to biting the bullet and taking care of myself.
So, that was a little bit too much information, huh? Got anything you want to share today? Or anything you’re biting the bullet about? Fill me in.