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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with Crohn's disease?

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Is the appointment with a primary care doctor, or a specialist such as a gastroenterologist?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What medications are you taking (if any) for Crohn's disease? (Optional)

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Most important questions to ask about Crohn's Disease

Top 10 Questions about Crohn's Disease

  1. What is Crohn's disease and what causes it?
  2. What parts of my digestive system is my Crohn's disease affecting and how severely?
  3. Are there any symptoms of Crohn's disease that should alert me to call you?
  4. What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?
  5. What are my treatment options for Crohn's disease?
  6. When is surgery indicated to treat Crohn's disease and what are the options?
  7. What lifestyle changes, such as dietary changes, exercise, and stopping smoking, will help improve my symptoms and prevent flares?
  8. What medications can treat Crohn's disease and how long do they take to start working?
  9. Am I a good candidate for early use of biologic medications for Crohn's disease?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for Crohn's disease?
  1. What is Crohn's disease and what causes it?
  2. What parts of my digestive system is my Crohn's disease affecting and how severely?
  3. Is Crohn's disease curable or controllable?
  4. How will Crohn's disease affect my daily life and long-term health?
  5. Are there any symptoms of Crohn's disease that should alert me to call you?
  6. Are there certain things that trigger Crohn's flare-ups that I should try to avoid?
  7. Are my family members at risk for Crohn's disease and what information should I provide to them?
  8. What types of healthcare providers, such as a gastroenterologist or dietitian, do I need to see and how often do I need to see them?
  9. Will my Crohn's disease get worse over time and how quickly is mine likely to progress?
  10. How will I know if my Crohn's disease is getting worse and what should I do?
  11. What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?
  12. Could another medical condition be causing my symptoms?
  13. How is Crohn's disease diagnosed and what kinds of tests do I need?
  14. Can my primary care doctor diagnose Crohn's disease or will I need to see a specialist, such as a gastroenterologist?
  15. Does Crohn's disease get worse over time?
  16. How does Crohn's disease affect your life and long-term health?
  17. What are my treatment options for Crohn's disease?
  18. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my Crohn's disease?
  19. What tests, such as imaging exams, colonoscopy, and lab tests, do I need to manage my Crohn's disease?
  20. When is surgery indicated to treat Crohn's disease and what are the options?
  21. Will my Crohn's disease recur after surgery and how long can surgery delay a recurrence?
  22. What lifestyle changes, such as dietary changes, exercise, and stopping smoking, will help improve my symptoms and prevent flares?
  23. What support groups or therapists are available to help me deal with social inhibitions, emotional issues, and intimacy problems?
  24. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  25. What medications can treat Crohn's disease and how long do they take to start working?
  26. Am I a good candidate for early use of biologic medications for Crohn's disease?
  27. What over-the-counter medications can I use, including vitamins, nutrition supplements, pain relievers, anti-diarrheals, laxatives, and stool softeners?
  28. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  29. How long will I need to use medication for Crohn's disease?
  30. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for Crohn's disease?

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Top 10 Questions about Crohn's Disease

  1. What is Crohn's disease and what causes it?
  2. What parts of my digestive system is my Crohn's disease affecting and how severely?
  3. Are there any symptoms of Crohn's disease that should alert me to call you?
  4. What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?
  5. What are my treatment options for Crohn's disease?
  6. When is surgery indicated to treat Crohn's disease and what are the options?
  7. What lifestyle changes, such as dietary changes, exercise, and stopping smoking, will help improve my symptoms and prevent flares?
  8. What medications can treat Crohn's disease and how long do they take to start working?
  9. Am I a good candidate for early use of biologic medications for Crohn's disease?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for Crohn's disease?

Medical Reviewer: Pat Bass III, MD, MPH. Last Annual Review Date: March 9, 2016 Copyright: © Copyright 2016 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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