Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I have symptoms, and I’m worried that I may have IBD.
  • I have inflammatory bowel disease, and this is a follow-up visit.
  • I have inflammatory bowel disease, and I’m sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I’m worried that I may have IBD.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on February 15, 2020

  1. Could my symptoms be a sign that I have inflammatory bowel disease?
  2. What causes inflammatory bowel disease? Are there different forms of the disease?
  3. How is inflammatory bowel disease diagnosed?
  4. If I have inflammatory bowel disease, can it be treated?
  5. Will I need to change my diet, or make other lifestyle changes?

I have inflammatory bowel disease, and this is a follow-up visit.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on February 15, 2020

  1. What do my test results show? What form of IBD do I have?
  2. What treatments do you recommend? What are the risks and benefits?
  3. Once I feel better, can I stop taking medication?
  4. Does diet affect inflammatory bowel disease? Should I make changes in what I eat?
  5. What should I do if I experience a severe flare-up?

I have inflammatory bowel disease, and I’m sick or having problems.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on February 15, 2020

  1. Could my problems be a sign that my inflammatory bowel disease is flaring up?
  2. Am I having a reaction to the medicine I take? Should I change medications?
  3. Could I have a condition that isn’t related to inflammatory bowel disease? Should I get additional tests?
  4. If medications don’t work for me, are there other treatments?
  5. Should I see a gastroenterologist or get a second opinion?