Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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When you are diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, it’s common to feel uncertain and worried. Crohn’s disease can affect many aspects of your life in ways that can change over time.


The best way to prepare for your life with Crohn’s disease is to learn as much as you can about the disease. These questions will help you start a dialogue with your health care provider. The more informed you are about Crohn’s disease, the better equipped you will be to manage your disease and lead the life you want to live.
 

Understanding Crohn’s Disease

  • How will I know if my Crohn’s is in remission?
     

Lifestyle and Relationships

  • 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 family planning and pregnancy?

  • How will other people react to my illness?
     

Exploring Treatment

Managing Your Disease

  • How can I prevent flare-ups?

  • When should I see a doctor?

  • What can I do at home to ease my symptoms?
     

Stress Busting Tips

  • Take a pen and paper to your appointment so that you can write down terminology and any concerns to address with your doctor.

  • Ask your doctor or nurse how best to contact them in between appointments with follow up questions.

 

Related Resources

Here are a few downloads you can take with you to the doctor's office for further edification.

Brochure

Education & Support for Patients with IBD...

A brochure with resources and opportunities to further your knowledge of IBD and get involved in the IBD community.

Fact sheet

Managing Flares...

What to do when you are experiencing a flare.