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Let Your Doctor Know How You're Feeling

Tell your doctor about any symptoms you have. They could be side effects of a drug or a sign of a medical problem caused by Crohn's. Your doctor may want to do tests or adjust your treatment to relieve them.

Take Care of Stress

Crohn's disease can affect every part of your life. Even a simple trip to the market can be stressful if there's a chance you might not be able to find a bathroom when you need one.

Stress does not cause Crohn's, but it can make you feel worse. People who are both depressed and anxious are more likely to have flares, research shows. If you feel you're not handling your condition as well as you'd like, get help from family, friends, or your doctor.

Taking part in a support group can also ease stress. You get a chance to talk to other people who know firsthand what you're going through. A mental health therapist who specializes in Crohn's disease or chronic illness can also help you find ways to lower stress and handle your condition better.

Other stress busters: regular exercise and techniques that help you relax, like yoga and meditation.