Healthy Living

A Patient’s Perspective on Routine Crohn’s Check-ups

The false alarm

Then there’s the weigh in. Suddenly your fleeting moment of excitement at such an efficiency never seen before at this institution turns into a moment of nervous anxiety. For other patients, the weigh-in might be just another normal procedure. But for people living with inflammatory bowel, the weigh-in is a crucial point of every routine check-up. You nervously watch as the numbers creep up. Have you lost weight? This could mean that your disease is flaring, and you start to panic that your symptoms are going to get bad again. Gained weight instead? Now you’re upset that those steroids are giving you side effects. It’s such a delicate balance to find that perfect weight. The perfect weight almost seems like an elusive promise that will never be reached. Weighing-in is stressful!