2016-06-24 13:56:16 UTC

IBD 105: Newly Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease

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Newly Diagnosed

 

 

 

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

 

  • How often do I need to see a gastroenterologist?
  • How often do I need to undergo testing?
  • What are my risks for colon cancer?
  • Are there symptoms that should cause worry? If so, what are they?
  • If you don’t know something at any point, ask for more (or clearer) information!

For some, hearing that they have Crohn’s disease is a relief, a reason for symptoms and a light at the end of the tunnel. For others, it can be scary and daunting. Many will have a mix of feelings. All of this is completely normal.

No matter what you may be feeling upon hearing you have Crohn’s disease, it is of great value to know that you are not alone and that many places have support groups, both in-person and online, for people all ages with Crohn’s disease that can be very helpful. Talk to your doctor about support groups at the hospital or do your own research to get involved with the Crohn’s disease (and inflammatory bowel disease [IBD]) community.


If you are overwhelmed by your new diagnosis, don’t wait to reach out to a mental health expert to talk through the changes. Relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation or mindfulness, may be very helpful.


Working together with your health-care team, you can make a treatment plan just for you, to help control your symptoms and put you in charge of your Crohn’s disease.

 

 

 

 

© AGA, September 2017

©AGA, July 2016

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