When You're New to Crohn's Disease
Pay Attention to Your Body continued...
Ask your doctor about working with a registered dietitian (RD). She can review your food diary to decide if you're eating a balanced diet. She can also help you plan meals so you get all the nutrients you need and enjoy food that tastes great.
Notice how stress affects your symptoms, too. For many people, stress triggers flares. Exercise is a great way to burn off stress. Make relaxation a daily habit as well. Try breathing exercises, tai chi, yoga, or meditation.
Do you worry about leaving home because of Crohn's symptoms like diarrhea, pain, and cramping? That’s understandable, especially as you learn how your condition affects you. But don’t feel like you have to be stuck at home all the time. A little planning will help you get out and about, so you can do your daily routine as normally as possible.
Locate restrooms in public places like restaurants, shopping malls, highway rest areas, and anywhere you tend to go in your local area. This can help you keep a mental map of bathroom stops in mind when you're out and about.
Pack a travel kit that includes a spare set of underwear, toilet tissue, wipes, a couple of zip-top plastic bags, and deodorizer. You may never need it, but just knowing it’s there can give you peace of mind.
Ask a trusted friend to be on-call to come get you should you find yourself in a tough situation.