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Whether you’re wondering what’s up with your gut or have already been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, we can guide you toward options to help you feel better and find support. We're here for you.

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Experiencing gut symptoms? Don’t know where to start? We’ll help you sort it out.

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Diagnosed

Living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis? We’re here to help you understand treatment options, find the best doctors, and get support.

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IBD HELP Center

What’s going on?

You may be experiencing diarrhea, stomach pain, or extreme fatigue. It’s important to figure out what’s causing your symptoms. These symptoms can sometimes be caused by a condition called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

IBD 101

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both are chronic inflammatory conditions that impact the digestive tract. The main difference? People with colitis have inflammation that is typically limited to the large intestine, while people with Crohn’s can have inflammation anywhere along the digestive tract.

Get extra help

If you haven’t talked with a doctor yet—or if you were told “it’s just stress” but you’re not convinced—a gastroenterologist who specializes in IBD can help.

Is it really IBD?

Symptoms alone won’t tell you if you have IBD. To get the right diagnosis (and treatment), you’ll need to see a gastroenterologist. You may also need a variety of tests, including blood tests, a colonoscopy, and/or imaging tests (like X-rays). If you’re diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or IBD, visit the “diagnosed” section of this site for more guidance.

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How to navigate:

Every person’s experience is unique. Follow the path above or click on any section to explore that topic.

IBD HELP Center

Anxious about what
an IBD diagnosis means?

It’s natural to wonder what a future with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis—also known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—might look like. We have the facts, resources, support groups, and online communities to help you on your journey.

How is IBD treated?

Every IBD patient is unique—which means there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment. Most people who are newly diagnosed start with medication. You might need to try more than one medication before finding the one that’s right for you.

How are you feeling?

We hope you’re doing great! But flares are also common, so if you don’t feel your best, talk with your doctor soon. Making changes to your treatment regimen may help.

Second opinions
change lives

If your Crohn’s or colitis is being treated by an internist or family care doctor, you may benefit from adding a gastroenterologist to your team. Don’t see eye to eye with your gastroenterologist? A second opinion is always a good idea, especially if you have concerns about your treatment or are considering surgery.

Don’t go it alone

Living with IBD can be overwhelming, scary, and even embarrassing at times. Getting the right emotional support can make all the difference, as can connecting with others who are in the same boat.

Diet, nutrition, and
complementary therapies

Taking your medication as prescribed is just one part of feeling your best. What you eat matters too, though there’s no single "Crohn’s or colitis diet" that works for everyone. Complementary therapies, such as mind/body techniques and dietary supplements, might also be worthy add-ons to your regimen.

Finding the right
treatment can take time

If you’re still experiencing symptoms despite following the treatment plan developed with your doctor, or if your current treatment has stopped working, talk to your doctor. Many different medications and other therapies are available for you to consider. You may also want to consider the benefits of joining a clinical trial.

Considering
surgery?

Living with a chronic illness may mean exploring different treatments. Surgery can be scary, but sometimes it’s the best way to alleviate IBD symptoms and greatly improve your quality of life.

Let’s keep in touch!

Join us! Sign up to read the latest on our IBDVisible blog, stay informed on the latest research and treatments, and get updates from your local chapter. We’ll also send you our Foundation Research Update publication when you sign up.

 

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The Foundation's Building Disease Awareness and Familiarity Initiative is generously supported by our Gold sponsors, Janssen Biotech, Inc. and Takeda, Inc., and FCB Health., and our Bronze sponsor, Bristol Meyers Squibb. Additional support is provided through the Foundation’s annual giving program and other donors.

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