If you have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease, one of the first things you probably asked your doctor was what could be done. Your doctor probably told you right away that the cure for Crohn's disease has not yet been found, but research is ongoing. There are many things you can do to help with your symptoms, but you will have to live with this chronic condition for the rest of your life, or until a cure can be found. Some patients opt to participate in clinical trials to speed up the process of finding not only the cure, but perhaps the cause as well.
Some of the most common clinical trials out there are ones for new medicines. Drug companies are coming up with new drugs that might help with symptoms, or ones that might even prove to be a cure. These need to be tried out on humans to gauge effectiveness, and also to find out about the side effects. You might be taking something that can help you, or you may find that you are feeling even more miserable. Many trials include half the patients taking the real drug, and others will be taking a placebo. Due to FDA regulations, you must be aware of the potential risks before you sign up.
Before you sign up for a trial, you should talk through the implications with your doctor. You may not be a good candidate for a trial, and if that is what your doctor says make sure you listen. However, your doctor might think you are a good match, and if this is the case, there are some questions you have to ask yourself and things you have to find out about the trials.
Will you be staying elsewhere or at home? What are the risks? Will you be compensated? Can your family do without you for the duration of the trial if need be? What are your options if something were to go wrong? Once you have all of the answers to these questions, you will have a better idea if you want to continue or not.
Before you make a final decision and have weighed all of your options, you might want to go online to read what others have said about clinical trails. Many have found great relief with some of the drugs they have tried, and have been happy to be included. They feel that they are doing something for themselves and for everyone else. Others have not had such positive experiences.
In the end, the final decision is yours, and you should not feel guilty if you do not want to do it. There are many good reasons not to do so. If you do choose to go through one or more clinical trials, you may be involved in something that might finally be considered the cure for Crohn's disease. Even if a cure is not found, you may have helped with a mediation that brings relief to many. That will always be a good feeling.
Source by Sharon Dobson