Your IBD Consultation
What happens in the IBD consultation?
It is normal to feel apprehensive prior to your IBD consultation,
especially if your symptoms are severe or if you think your disease
may be getting worse. It may be reassuring to remember that your
physician is there as a partner in your care, and that he or she
will be able to explain every step in the disease management process
before it happens. Additionally, by having a clear idea of what
happens in a consultation and why, you will know what to expect and
alleviate your fears. Here is a list of the types of things your
gastroenterologist may do during a normal visit:
Look at your colon using an instrument called an endoscope,
which is a long, thin tube that is inserted through the anus.
This procedure is called a colonoscopy and it is used to check
for inflammation, bleeding or ulcers
What is my role in the consultation?
To gain maximum benefit from your consultation, come prepared with
questions you want to ask, raise any concerns and answer questions
openly and honestly. Remember, your gastroenterologist is there to
help you and the more information you can provide, the better you
can help that process.
Some people with IBD have said they feel depressed or out of
control, and it is helpful to focus on the things in their lives
they can control. Here are some ways you can play an active role in
the management of your IBD:
If you have problems taking your medication, eating healthily or
reducing your stress levels, think of ways to solve those
problems - for example, ask your doctor about taking your
medication in the mornings rather than the evenings if that
suits you better
These are just a few ideas: write down anything else you can think
of to do to help play an active role in the management of your IBD,
and take it with you to your consultation.
At times when your symptoms are really bad, and you feel like doing
very little, give yourself permission to do less than you would
normally and don't push yourself too hard. When you are unwell,
consider asking friends and family to help with the things you would
normally do yourself.