One of the most important things to do when you have been diagnosed with colitis is to listen to your body, though what is meant by this? Simply, always be aware of how you are feeling and how your bowel is functioning, and understand how to recognise the signals that your health's default mode is changing when either in remission or at the approach of or during a relapse.
When in remission, is the bowel functioning as per normal without any deviations to these patterns and how would you assess any abdominal discomfort? When having a relapse, is the period in question becoming too long, are the trips to the toilet becoming ever greater, and is the pain at its usual intensity or greater? When the default mode is breached, however slightly, this could indicate a potential developing problem.
As everyone who has been diagnosed with colitis is fully aware, the chances of a relapse hitting them sometime in the future is most likely to be 100%. Unfortunately, there is never any certainty of knowing when it will appear. The problem is all too often it can occur out of nowhere when it is least expected. If a colitis relapse could be timed with a degree of accuracy then life would be that little bit easier. Until such a day arrives, colitis sufferers have to continue to live their lives as normally as possible, yet always at the back of their mind there is the thought that a relapse might appear from nowhere.
It is therefore essential for a sufferer to be aware of their default health mode and be able to recognise any changes that occur immediately. If this is undertaken, then time is not lost by not taking the required medication to assist the body in defending itself from the colitis symptoms. And in addition, it is imperative to have developed a specific method to ensure that when a relapse does occur, its progress can be measured effectively. If there is deviation from the established plan, then you will know to take further action with wasting time.
By adopting these simple procedures, the sufferer can avoid the unnecessary situation whereby they leave themselves open to the mercy of colitis and all the potential suffering that it brings. Whilst there is no cure for colitis, there are methods to reduce the impact that it has on a sufferer's daily life when both in remission and when a relapse occurs. And this is only possible if the person starts to listen to their body.
It is thus exceedingly important for a sufferer's future wellbeing to anticipate and be aware of their own state of health in order to manage this difficult disease. There is some personal responsibility required in addition to the advice and help offered by a doctor or hospital consultant and they will find that fellow sufferers who have taken these actions are better able to reduce the impact that colitis symptoms have both in times of remission and relapses. Discovering these exact steps can make a huge difference in making colitis much more manageable.