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:
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.
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