Signs Your IBD Is Getting Worse

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Inflammatory bowel disease is a condition of the digestive system, and mostly involves the intestinal tracts. It could be the small intestine, the large intestine, and patients may have symptoms from inflammation of the intestine.

The good thing is some people have a mild disease. So that's the best, where you start them on a medication, they have all these symptoms, and then you make a diagnosis. You start the treatment, and they feel better. That's the best case scenario.

But sometimes, with these conditions, sometimes it could be severe. And patients, they don't feel better despite the medications we give them.

So if patients keep on having symptoms of abdominal pain, or diarrhea, or blood in the stool, or bloody diarrhea, or just losing weight, the inability to gain weight despite eating, those are things that we worry about.

And that we have to go back to the drawing board and think of what else we need to do.

And the goal is to make them feel normal down the road. Maybe in six months, in a year.

I think we always have to keep a positive outlook. Always stay positive. Be optimistic that there's things that we can do to make them feel better, and to help the treatment of this condition. [MUSIC PLAYING]