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How can bringing a buddy to doctor visits help you manage Crohn's disease?

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You might want to bring someone with you to your doctor visits, someone who can listen well and take notes. Always ask questions when you’re not sure about something.

Since you’ll need to follow all medical instructions, ask for them in writing if it helps you remember.

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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