Your IBD Consultation
Questions to ask your IBD consultant
may have many questions about your IBD and its impact on your life,
but not know where to find the answers. For example, you may be
worried about how the condition will impact on your working life,
whether you will need surgery, where you can turn for additional
information and support and how to explain your IBD to other people.
No matter what questions you may have, your IBD consultant will be
prepared to help answer them, and it is better to ask than to
continue wondering. Many people find it helpful to write down their
questions and bring them along to the IBD consultation. An example
list of questions is provided below to help you get started.
To download and print a copy of the questions,
click here. There is a space at the bottom
to write in your own questions.
How will my IBD affect me and my life (eg, work, social
Will my IBD get worse or better over time?
What complications might occur as a result of my IBD and are
there any signs I should watch for?
What are my treatment options, how effective are they and what
are their potential benefits, drawbacks and side effects?
If I do not wish to undergo surgery for my IBD, are there other
successful treatment options?
Will treatment for my IBD interfere with existing medications
that I am taking for other ailments?
What should I do when I have a flare-up of symptoms or problems
with my treatment?
How often should I return for a follow-up appointment? Should I
see any other specialists in the meantime, such as a dietician,
nutritionist or IBD nurse?
Is there anything more I can do to help take good care of
Are there any sources of information or support available to me
if I have additional questions later?