Biologics and Beyond: Jessica’s Treatment Journey
Crohn's and colitis cause persistent inflammation in the digestive tract. Both conditions can result in painful symptoms, like abdominal cramps, diarrhea, bloody stool, constipation, and an urgent need to have a bowel movement.
When it comes to treatment, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Finding the right treatment – the one that works best for you – can take some detective work. And your treatment plan may change over time as you or your symptoms change.
Jessica was diagnosed at 50 years old and has been living with her condition for a few years now. Receiving her diagnosis was a challenge in itself – she was initially misdiagnosed. Lately she has been experiencing symptoms more frequently and she is investigating other treatment options, hoping for more relief. The unrelenting fatigue, pain, and inflammation are especially difficult to deal with.
Below you can learn more about how Jessica’s day-to-day is impacted.
Finding a Treatment
Jessica was in remission for a period of time, but now is experiencing symptoms more than 20 days a month. Over the years, her treatments have included anti-inflammatories and biologics. For Jessica, finding a treatment that works is a trial-and-error process. One reason: a treatment’s effectiveness can change over time, so it may be necessary to switch up protocols. Jessica is open to hearing about the latest options that may help decrease her symptoms and the frustrations that affect her quality of life.
Impact on Jessica’s Life
There is no knowing when a flare may disrupt daily life. Jessica often feels sad when she has to miss out on spending time with family and friends. Or frustrated when she cannot do the things she loves to do. At times, it can be tough to make plans – and stick to them.
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Area of Body Affected
This is not just a “bathroom” disease. Over time, Jessica has felt that other parts of her body are being impacted. Vision problems, skin rashes – even dental issues – are some of the things she has noticed.
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Jessica sometimes has trouble finding a balance between living her life and managing her symptoms. Because of the unpredictability of the disease, every day is different and she cannot always anticipate when a flare is coming on. She is learning to listen to her body and that it is okay to hit the pause button to take care of herself.