Anxiety and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Anxiety and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

What is the relationship between anxiety and depression and inflammatory bowel disease? A recent study published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and summarized by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation looked at the impact of anxiety and depression on patients with IBD. It found that IBD patients with anxiety and/or depression reported their symptoms to be more severe and to have higher levels of inflammation. This study got me thinking about my own relationship with anxiety and IBD.

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Seven Lessons I’ve Learned from Five Colonoscopies

Seven Lessons I’ve Learned from Five Colonoscopies

When my primary care doctor told me seven years ago that I might have Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis and would need to see a gastroenterologist, my first worry was that I’d need to have a colonoscopy. Now that I’ve had five colonoscopies, I can say that it does get easier. It’s not fun to know that you’ll need one every year or two for the rest of your life, and I still get anxious before them, but I’ve learned a few things along the way. 

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How to Prepare for a Doctor's Appointment

How to Prepare for a Doctor's Appointment

The New York Times published a A Doctor's Guide to a Good Appointment, which has some great advice for how to find a doctor and what to do before, during, and after an appointment. When you have a chronic illness, you quickly get used to having a lot of doctor's appointments, and I agree with a lot of the tips in this article.

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