Your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) symptoms may: come and go, change over time, or even disappear for a while.  They often go away once the inflammation is under control.  If symptoms return, it is called a flare.

However, many people find that with proper treatment and lifestyle changes, they can live normal lives.

Treatment is different for everyone, but may include a combination of the following:

Your healthcare provider will recommend regular testing and checkups to monitor your IBD.  If you still have symptoms between checkups, you should follow up with your healthcare provider to find out what is causing the symptoms and if your treatment needs to be adjusted or switched.

In addition to regular tests and treatment, you may face some challenges with everyday living.  As a result, you may have to change your routines or make special arrangements at school.  However, being prepared and finding support can help you manage your IBD.

Some tips for helping you cope with IBD include:

There will be times of difficulty and times of relief, but with good medical care and healthy coping skills, you can make the most of your situation.  Living with a chronic disease is a path in life, not an event.  Your goal now is to learn about the disease and to create a way of life that works for you.

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