Ibd Sufferers: You Can End the Struggle

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Ibd Sufferers: You Can End the Struggle

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis eight years ago, and I was told that I would likely struggle with flare-ups for the rest of my life. I heard stories of other sufferers who had to eventually have their colons removed, and I became determined to not become part of this statistic. I was prescribed a daily medication that helps manage my condition, and although I don't like taking pills, I realize I need it to keep my colon healthy. I still experienced flares, so I began an elimination diet recommended by my doctor and found my "trigger" foods. I have now been flare-free for two years! I created this blog to help remind others with IBD that there is hope. You can end the constant struggle if you work with your doctor to try different methods of controlling your disease.

When You See Your Family Doctor For A Headache Issue

Most people experience headaches at various times in their life. It's not necessarily a concern if you have a mild headache. Typically, mild headaches will subside in a short amount of time, even without treatment. If the discomfort persists, you can always take some over-the-counter medication that will help. There can be times, however, that you should reach out for help with your headaches. Unless your headache is so serious that you're concerned a major health issue may be present, you won't need to visit the emergency room. Instead, you can set up an appointment with your family doctor. Here are some times to visit a physician for a headache issue.

Chronic Headaches

While it's normal to experience a headache from time to time, it's not normal if you feel this discomfort on a chronic basis. People suffer from chronic headaches for all sorts of reasons, and a doctor can be your first step in getting to a solution. For example, perhaps you have allergies that cause headaches, or maybe you have a neck issue that is creating this pain. Your doctor may recommend one or more types of testing, and may also prescribe medication that you can use to treat your discomfort.

No Help From Medication

Popping an over-the-counter pain pill can often be enough to eliminate a headache, but you may find yourself in a situation in which this type of medication isn't having an effect. Perhaps you need to take the maximum dosage for a couple of days to get your headache under control, or maybe you feel reluctant to take more than one pill because you're concerned about the long-term side effects that may be present. Whatever the case, you should see your family doctor if you're struggling to manage your headache pain with over-the-counter medication.


Your headache pain may be so chronic or severe that it's impacting your mental health. Some people who suffer from frequent headaches can begin to feel depressed, perhaps as a result of being in pain much of the time. While you can always see your family doctor if you're contending with a mental health condition such as depression, seeking help is especially important if you're suffering from headaches and depression. Your doctor will listen to you describe what you're going through, and then suggest one or more forms of testing or treatment that can help. Contact your family doctor's office to set up an appointment if you're facing one of these headache-related issues.