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Talking to Your Doctor

It's not always easy talking to a doctor about your symptoms, especially when it comes to something like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's. But being open and honest with your whole care team, including your gastroenterologist, may be just what you need to take charge of your disease.

3 tips for your next visit

1. Make a list of questions

Before your visit, take a few minutes to write down some questions about your symptoms and how you want to manage your disease. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel.

2. Bring a friend or family member

Feel more comfortable with a loved one in the room? That's not a problem. You can always bring some backup by having a trusted friend or family member be part of the conversation.

3. Trust yourself

It's important to listen to your body and be your own strongest advocate. If it's time to make a change, be upfront with your doctor about wanting to try something different.

Find a GI doctor near you

Gastroenterologists, or GIs, are a special kind of doctor who focuses on the digestive system and diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

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The content on this page has been written and approved by Takeda. LAST UPDATED/REVIEWED ON DECEMBER 2022