How to live with IBD
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which includes Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Crohn`s Disease is a very individual condition and vary widely. While some people go into remission and remain well for a long time, others have frequent flare-ups. Living with a long term illness like IBD can affect you both physically and emotionally.
When you first get diagnosed with IBD, it can be helpful to try to accept that you have a medical condition and that you may need to make adjustments in your life. Despite the impact that IBD can have on everyday living, many people with the illness lead very active and feel in control of their lives.
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 make 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 that you’re 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 in 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.
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