When should I call the doctor?
You should call your healthcare provider if you experience:
- Blood in stool.
- Extreme weight loss.
- Inability to pass gas.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Severe abdominal pain.
- Signs of a flare-up.
- Uncontrollable diarrhea.
- Weakness or fatigue that may be signs of anemia.
What questions should I ask my doctor?
If you have Crohn’s disease, you may want to ask your healthcare provider:
- Why did I get Crohn’s disease?
- What form of Crohn’s disease do I have?
- What’s the best treatment for this disease type?
- How can I prevent flare-ups?
- If I have a genetic form, what steps can my family members take to lower their risk of Crohn’s disease?
- Should I make any dietary changes?
- What medications should I avoid?
- Should I take supplements?
- Should I get tested for anemia?
- Do I need to cut out alcohol?
- Should I look out for signs of complications?
A note from Cleveland Clinic
Crohn’s disease flare-ups are unpredictable and can disrupt your daily life. Talk to your healthcare provider about the steps you can take to keep the disease in check. With the right treatment and lifestyle changes, you can manage symptoms, avoid complications and live an active life.