This is a good question, and the answer may not be what you think. You may say “Why would I still need to get blood tests when I am healthy?” While there is no one right answer for everyone, most people will greatly benefit from having a blood test every couple of months, or however often your doctor suggests.
Being in remission is where you want to be, it is wise to take some steps to make sure you stay there. A blood test every so often is a will keep an eye on what is happening in your body and make sure things are in balance. There are also indicators that can tell you or your doctor that things are not quite right in your body, if they are out of balance you can take steps to stay healthy and eliminate the problem before there is one.
One indicator that your doctor may use is testing for inflammation in your system. If inflammation is quite high it can be a sign that your health may need some attention. High inflammation for long periods that can often mean that your body has a flare up, or there is something that is irritating your body in some way. When you do have a flare up and your health is not very good, then a high inflammation level on your blood test won’t be much of a surprise to your doctor.
I usually get a blood test every 6-8 weeks, my GP has a system where someone on his staff will remind me of what tests I need which is good. I also get my vitamin B12 levels checked as I don’t absorb B12, I have had that part of my bowel removed when I had surgery. Getting other vitamins and minerals checked as well can also be of benefit, things like iron and vitamin D for example.
If you are low on some of these vital nutrients it can affect your body’s ability to cope with Crohn’s Disease and you can have a flare up easier. Your doctor/specialist/or other practitioner will know all the right things to test for to help keep you in the best health possible. Don’t think that missing your blood test doesn’t matter, as it could mean that you catch things early and are able to deal with it before it comes a problem.
You may wonder what I am talking about here, there are many traits that are helpful when you have Crohn’s Disease. The one I am talking about is persistence. This one trait served me very well in my hunt to find a way to help me control my Crohn’s naturally.
I searched for many years trying all kinds of therapies and diets to help Crohn’s, if I had not persisted for many years, I may still be stuck in the drug and medication cycle. Believe me there were many times that I would have liked to just give up, but I knew there had to be a way to control Crohn’s Disease naturally, so I kept going.
While Crohn’s Disease is not something that I would wish upon anybody, having it has made me a better person and for that I am grateful. It has given me a deeper understanding of life, what I want out of it and how better to achieve it.
Crohn’s Disease has made me look at myself in a way that I would never have done if I hadn’t been sick in the first place. It has made me not take life for granted, my health as well as my body. Most of the people I knew when I was quite sick in my late teens were abusing their bodies with alcohol and other such things. While I am not saying what they were doing is wrong, we all go through a stage when we are young drinking and partying and so forth.
I did not really have that luxury as much, as my body was already showing me signs that I needed to change the way I was doing things if I wanted to be healthy. Throughout my early and late teens I missed out on much socialising with my friends, I was always either too sick or didn’t have the energy to go. At the time this was not much fun, to stay sane I needed to figure out what life meant to me and what I wanted to get out of it.
I perfectly understand if this is where you are at, I used to be in the exact same position myself. I used to think that any natural therapies for Crohn’s Disease wouldn’t work and would be a waste of my time and money. Over time not having much success with western medicine made me take another look at natural therapies, to see if there really was any truth to gaining your health this way.
As you may or may not know, I tried many natural therapies for many years and had very little success. I kept trying because I knew there had to be another way to get healthy other than poisoning myself with drugs and having to put up with the long term side effects that can go with that.
After much trial and error I finally found something that worked for me. As I learned more about Crohn’s Disease and how to deal with it naturally, I could see where I went wrong in the past and why none of the therapies I was trying made any difference. Knowing what I know now, if I could go back in time to when I first got Crohn’s Disease to give myself some information, I could have avoided two bowel surgeries as well as whole lot of pain and suffering.
If you are thinking about getting pregnant and you, your partner, or both of you have Crohn’s Disease; a real concern for many new parents is will their children will also end up with it. The good news is that the chances of your child having Crohn’s are relativity low if one of the parents has the illness.
About 7% of children will have Crohn’s when one of the parents has it. When both of parents have Crohn’s Disease it seems that there is around a 40% chance that your child will have the illness. That is not even 50/50 when both parents are involved.
The sun doesn’t directly help Crohn’s Disease. You can’t go outside and get heaps of sun and have it make a difference in your health. What the sun can do is help your levels of vitamin D in your body which is very important in Crohn’s Disease.
Vitamin D is a vitamin that can have low levels when you have Crohn’s. This vitamin is something that your doctor should be checking every so often to make sure your levels are in the correct range. Vitamin D is very important for bone health, if you are taking steroids then it becomes even more important.
When you take steroids they rob calcium from your bones and it can affect your bone health. If you have low levels of both Vitamin D and calcium in your body, it is a double blow to your bone health.Look after your bones because when they start to become weaker and brittle it can put you at higher risk for bone diseases like Osteoporosis. Getting your bone health back once you have started to lose it can be done, but it can take quite a lot of work.