How should gastrointestinal symptoms in Fabry disease be monitored?
Doctors who focus on gastrointestinal (GI) issues are called gastroenterologists or GI doctors. Fabry focused healthcare providers and GI doctor work together to learn more about a specific person's GI issues and come up with the best treatment plan. Important things to know when putting together a treatment plan include:
- specific GI symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, constipation, pain)
- timing (time of day and how close to times of eating food or drinking)
- frequency (how often they occur)
- severity (how mild or severe they are over time)
Some doctors use charts or questionnaires to record this information, others ask for the information during discussions in person. It is important to note that other common health problems like ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux, poor nutrition, celiac disease, malabsorption, pancreatitis, and vitamin deficiencies can also cause GI symptoms and should be tested for to rule out these disorders which would be unrelated to Fabry disease. These would be treated differently.
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