Living with IBD

IBD is a chronic illness meaning it is treatable but not curable.

Your care team at Scott & White is dedicated to help make living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis easier.

Questions to Ask Your Provider

  • Do I have another condition that could be causing my IBD symptoms?
  • Do I have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis?
  • What parts of my digestive system have been affected?
  • When should I expect relief from medications? Are there side effects?
  • If my symptoms return, what should I do? When is it considered an emergency?
  • How does this impact my diet?
  • Should I continue to take my vitamins?
  • What other lifestyle changes do I need to make?
  • How often should we have follow up appointments?

Tips for Coping with IBD

I’ll Be Determined is a website sponsored by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America that allows you to interactively understand managing your life with IBD.

Keep a journal. Keeping a journal is a good way to track symptoms you are experiencing, like when you are tired and/or fatigued, when you have to delay or cancel a social engagement because of a bowel problem, when you experience pain in your abdomen and/or joints, lack of appetite, fever, mouth sores, or any other concerns that come up between your appointments.

Eat healthy.  Eating healthy does not mean that it will be expensive. Eating healthy means that you should maintain a well-balanced healthy diet to provide your body all the nutrients your body needs. Visit Eat Healthy, Live Healthy to get started. Your physician or health care provider may recommend a diet for you and can talk to you about eating healthy.

Daily physical activity. Do you like to walk? Dance? Swim? You can still participate in your favorite activities by planning in advance. Locate all the restrooms, carry extra clothes and personal products.

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