Tight control prevents flare-ups by using less drugs and more intuition
Doctors are pushing tight control because it lessens the necessity of steroids and harmful drugs by preventing flare-ups using the body’s own biology. Careful monitoring of the patients progression and predictions keep the patient and doctor in “tight control” and can help the patient recover quicker, prevent future flare-ups, and hopefully bring the patient into remission. As with any new treatment technique, there are drawbacks, and your doctor will go over those with you. Constant monitoring of fecal calprotectin and C-reactive protein levels along with regular endoscopies can be expensive even with insurance. Check in with your physician to see if they offer any discounts or any types of payment plans if testing becomes too much of a financial burden.