IBD: Crohn's Disease

Preparing for your GI Appointment

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Good communication with your doctor is an important part of effective management of a gastrointestinal disorder such as IBD. Before your appointment, take the time to keep a symptom journal that can help you and your doctor see patterns in your activities and identify specific triggers for your symptoms. Include the following information in your journal or CDHF App!

  • Write down the symptoms that are bothering you and for how long you have had them.
  • Write down key personal and medical information, including any recent changes or stressful events in your life.
  • Make a list of the triggers (food, stress, activity) that seem to make your symptoms worse.
  • Make a list of medications you are taking, including the conditions you take them for. Also, note if any of your medications seem to affect your symptoms.
  • Talk to your family members and find out if any relatives have been diagnosed with IBD or another digestive disorder.

Also, create a list of questions to ask your doctor during your appointment. Specifically, you may want to ask your doctor questions such as:

  • What do you think is causing my symptoms?
  • Are there other possible causes for my condition?
  • What diagnostic tests do I need?
  • Do these tests require any special preparation?
  • What treatment approach do you recommend trying first?
  • If the first treatment doesn’t work, what will we try next?
  • Are there any side effects associated with these treatments?

Preparing for your GI Appointment

Good communication with your doctor is an important part of effective management of a gastrointestinal disorder such as IBD. Before your appointment, take the time to keep a symptom journal that can help you and your doctor see patterns in your activities and identify specific triggers for your symptoms. Include the following information in your journal or CDHF App!

  • Write down the symptoms that are bothering you and for how long you have had them.
  • Write down key personal and medical information, including any recent changes or stressful events in your life.
  • Make a list of the triggers (food, stress, activity) that seem to make your symptoms worse.
  • Make a list of medications you are taking, including the conditions you take them for. Also, note if any of your medications seem to affect your symptoms.
  • Talk to your family members and find out if any relatives have been diagnosed with IBD or another digestive disorder.

Also, create a list of questions to ask your doctor during your appointment. Specifically, you may want to ask your doctor questions such as:

  • What do you think is causing my symptoms?
  • Are there other possible causes for my condition?
  • What diagnostic tests do I need?
  • Do these tests require any special preparation?
  • What treatment approach do you recommend trying first?
  • If the first treatment doesn’t work, what will we try next?
  • Are there any side effects associated with these treatments?