Work With Your Doctor to Manage Ulcerative Colitis
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Your doctor will also want to know your weight. If you're having a flare or a bout of diarrhea, you may want to weigh yourself more than once a day. If you notice a drop in your weight during those times, that could mean you're dehydrated, which is risky for your health. Even when your symptoms are under control, it’s a good idea to keep tabs on your weight in general, because UC makes it harder to absorb nutrients from the foods you eat.
Also, pay close attention to your urine. Is it darker than it used to be? Or do you not pee as much as you normally would? Those are other symptoms of dehydration.
Make sure to keep track of your health on good days and bad.
Consider a Clinical Trial
If you want to get personally involved in UC research, you can ask your doctor if there are clinical trials you could consider. These studies test new drugs to see if they're safe and if they work. They're often a way for people to try new medicine that isn't available to everyone. Your doctor can tell you what’s involved and if one of these trials might be a good fit for you.