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Should I talk to my friends and family about my Crohn's disease?

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Yes, it can help. Let them know it can cause pain and diarrhea. That will help them understand why you need to use the bathroom so often or other things like why you may not feel up to socializing.

When people know what you're going through, you can turn to them for support and reassurance. They can also be there for you during flare ups when you need help with things like grocery shopping, child care, or getting to a doctor’s appointment.

From: When You're New to Crohn's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease," "Find a Specialist or Treatment Center," "Living With Crohn's Disease," and "Managing Flares and Other IBD Symptoms."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 8, 2019

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease," "Find a Specialist or Treatment Center," "Living With Crohn's Disease," and "Managing Flares and Other IBD Symptoms."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 8, 2019

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