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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

The best way to prepare for your life with Crohn’s disease is to learn as much as you can about the disease. We can help you start a dialogue with your doctor so that you can work with your health care team to manage your condition.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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

  • What causes Crohn’s?

  • What are the signs and symptoms of Crohn’s?

  • What type of Crohn’s do I have?

  • 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?

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

  • How is Crohn’s treated?

  • What are the risks and benefits of treatment?

  • What kind of side effects should I expect from my medication?

  • Will I require surgery? If so, what does that entail?

  • What other treatments are available?

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.

Read on: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

The health and medical information on our website is not intended to take the place of advice or treatment from health care professionals. It is also not intended to substitute for the users’ relationships with their own health care/pharmaceutical providers.

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