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10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Inflammatory Bowel Disease

After a diagnosis with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you'll have plenty of questions. You may not remember them all, so WebMD has prepared 10 questions for you to print out and take to your next doctor appointment.

1. Could any condition other than IBD be causing my symptoms?
2. Do I have ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease?
3. What parts of my digestive system are affected at this point?
4. What medications do you recommend?
5. How soon should I expect relief?
6. What side effects from the medicines should I watch out for? What should I do if I notice them?
7. What should I do if my symptoms return? Which symptoms should I consider an emergency?
8. Should I change my diet or take nutritional supplements?
9. Do I need to make any other lifestyle changes?
10. When should we have a follow-up appointment?

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on August 27, 2013

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