10 Tips for People Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Learn about IBD and its signs and symptoms. If you don’t understand issues about your disease, make a list and be sure to ask your health care providers the next time you see them.
- Remember that everyone with IBD is different. There is no “typical case.”
- Find someone who you can talk to about your condition and who will provide a sympathetic ear.
- Eat a well balanced diet, take a daily multivitamin and other vitamin supplements if necessary.
- Don’t do more than you can physically manage but don’t do less than your potential just because you have IBD.
- Ask your health care providers what your medications are for, what side effects there might be and how long you should expect to use them.
- Once you have decided on a treatment make sure that you follow through; if medications have been prescribed, take them regularly as prescribed.
- Some medications need to be continued even when you are well; their purpose is to keep you well.
- Do not smoke, especially if your diagnosis is Crohn’s disease-smoking is known to worsen Crohn’s disease.
- If you have colitis you may need regular colonoscopies to screen for cancer-ask your health care providers if this applies to you.
You can also download a PDF version of the Tips here: 10 Tips for People Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)