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What to Do if Your Doctor Misses the Mark

If your doctor doesn't hit the mark in all areas, these tips can help improve your experience:

Learn about Crohn's and its treatment. Come to your doctor visit with a list of questions. Ask your most pressing questions first. Your doctor or a staff member might also answer questions by email. Let you doctor know if you don't understand something or need something repeated. No question is too basic.

Be honest. Keep notes of your symptoms and the treatments you've tried, including over-the-counter drugs and nutrition supplements. Tell your doctor how you feel, and admit if you miss a dose of a prescribed drug.

If you don't think your doctor is right for you, look for another one. Your insurance provider, regular doctor, friends, or the American College of Gastroenterology may be able to help you find one who specializes in treating Crohn's.