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Can you manage Crohn's disease symptoms on your own?

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Healthy lifestyle changes can help. But you need to work with your doctor to treat your condition. She'll recommend what medicines to take and whether you might need surgery.

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology, “ACG Expert Tips on Living Well with IBD.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Diet and Nutrition,’ “Diet, Nutrition, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” “Everyday Living,” “Facts About Inflammatory Bowel Diseases,” “IBD and Depression,” “IBD Treatments: Finding Your Best Path,” “Living with Crohn’s and Colitis,” “Understanding IBD Medications and Side Effects.”

Donnellan, C. , published online May 2013. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology

Kulick, D. , published online on January 15, 2011. American Family Physicians

Strong, S. , published online 2015. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology, “ACG Expert Tips on Living Well with IBD.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Diet and Nutrition,’ “Diet, Nutrition, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” “Everyday Living,” “Facts About Inflammatory Bowel Diseases,” “IBD and Depression,” “IBD Treatments: Finding Your Best Path,” “Living with Crohn’s and Colitis,” “Understanding IBD Medications and Side Effects.”

Donnellan, C. , published online May 2013. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology

Kulick, D. , published online on January 15, 2011. American Family Physicians

Strong, S. , published online 2015. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 15, 2018

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