Newly Diagnosed Information

Do you have a new Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis diagnosis?

You’re not alone. In fact, approximately 1.6 million Americans have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The two most common forms of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC). The most important things you can do right now are to make your health a priority and be a proactive patient. Below are some ways to get started:

Learn as much as possible about your condition.

Get started with Crohn’s or UC 101—basic disease information you can download and share with others. To download a fact sheet, just choose your condition:

Crohn’s Disease 101 Ulcerative Colitis 101
Crohn’s disease 101
Ulcerative colitis 101

Start tracking what you eat and how you feel.

Take notes with an app on your smartphone or on paper, and include your physical as well as emotional well-being. What matters is being consistent so you have a log that shows any patterns over time.

Join a support group or online community.

Being a part of a support group in your area and/or an online community is a good way to meet people who may be going through the same thing as you. It can be helpful to share ideas, feelings, and support.

Learn how to have a better relationship with your doctor

Get advice from a Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis expert, discover helpful tips on how to prepare for and follow up after appointments, find a gastroenterologist, and more. See You & Your Doctor.

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Advice From an Expert

Learn from Dr. Siegel about your symptoms, how to talk to your doctor, and more.

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Understand Your Inflammation

Learn how it can play a role in your symptoms.

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