Crohn's disease can complicate everyday activities, but you can overcome most of the challenges. Use these strategies to smooth out issues at home, at work, and in your relationships.
Educate your family. Tell your family and friends what it's like to live with Crohn's. They may be confused about th
Ulcerative colitis (UC) has been a part of Jennifer Guarnaccia's life since she was 13. For the last 4 years, the 28-year-old mom has had on-and-off symptom flares. Her most common problems: stomach cramps, fatigue, mouth sores, and diarrhea. "Some days I feel great. But more than half the time it's
A network of supportive people can help you deal with a long-term illness such as ulcerative colitis (UC). But a simple thing like hanging out with friends may seem like a big challenge when you’re battling diarrhea and other symptoms. And what about intimacy? Fortunately, even when you aren't feeli
The key to control of your ulcerative colitis (UC) is a close partnership with your doctor. That's because of the long-lasting nature of UC. It’s a relapse-and-remitting condition, which means it comes and goes. You and your doctor need to communicate well through it all. "UC can be a long and compl
An important part of your ulcerative colitis (UC) treatment is to calm flares when they happen. But you should also work closely with your doctor to make flares become rare, says Leyla J. Ghazi. She's a gastroenterologist who specializes in inflammatory bowel disease at the University of Maryland Sc
When your ulcerative colitis (UC) symptoms go away for a time, your bathroom habits won't draw attention to you at work. It's when flares start that you may feel like all eyes are on you. You might suddenly have to stop what you're doing and run to the bathroom -- a lot. That can be inconvenient if
Crohn's disease can take a toll on your body image, confidence, and comfort. But it doesn't have to. “It is possible to have a good body image with Crohn’s disease," says Sara Ringer, "but it’s something you have to continually put effort into.” Ringer, who's in her early 30s, has gotten medical car
Diet does not cause Crohn's disease. But pay attention to what you eat, because it can help you control your symptoms. Cutting out some foods may help, especially during a flare. Still, you want to make sure you eat a variety of healthy foods.
"At this point, we don't have an ideal diet for Crohn's.
If your doctor has talked about using biologic drugs to treat your Crohn's disease, you want to learn as much as you can about them. This guide to biologics includes some questions to ask your doctor and yourself. Use it to help you choose the treatment that's right for you.
Unlike some Crohn's drug
Surgery for Crohn's disease can change your life. "Surgery gets rid of the diseased bowel," says surgeon Jon Vogel, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic. It can help you eat and drink without pain. You may also be able to stop taking Crohn's drugs, at least for a while. Almost 3 out of 4 people with Crohn's