Crohn’s Questions to Ask

Being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease may fill you with questions and concerns. Crohn’s disease can affect many aspects of your life and these effects can change overtime.

The best way to prepare for your life with Crohn’s disease is to learn as much as you can about your disease and begin a dialogue with your doctor.

The better informed you are, the more equipped you'll be to work with your doctor and other healthcare providers to manage your disease and lead the life you want to live.

In discussing your new diagnoses with your doctor, be sure to ask questions like these:

Understanding Your Condition

  • What causes Crohn’s?
  • What type of Crohn’s do I have?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of Crohn’s?
  • What can I do to monitor my condition?
  • How will I know if I’m having a flare up?
  • How will I know if my Crohn’s is in remission?

Effects on Lifestyle

  • How will Crohn’s affect my ability to work, travel, and exercise?
  • Should I modify my diet? If so, how?
  • How will Crohn's disease affect pregnancy?
  • How will other people react to my illness?

Exploring Treatment

  • How can I treat Crohn’s?
  • What are the risks versus benefits of the treatment?
  • If I am prescribed medication, what kind of side effects should I expect?
  • Will I require surgery? If so, what does that entail?
  • What other treatments are available?

Managing Your Disease

  • Can I prevent flare-ups of Crohn's disease?
  •  When should I see a doctor?
  •  What can I do at home to treat my symptoms?

You and your doctor are partners in your health. By establishing a productive relationship with your doctor, you will gain a better understanding of your condition and how to best manage it. If you’re looking for a doctor to help you conquer Crohn’s disease, you can Find a Doctor through our online resources.