with a gastroenterologist


Team up with a gastroenterologist to put Crohn’s in check and keep it there

In your fight against Crohn’s disease, it’s good to have your gastroenterologist in your corner. Together, you can create a treatment plan that helps get you on the path toward your treatment goals.

Assess your condition with your gastro

To establish an effective treatment plan, you and your gastroenterologist will need to evaluate the severity of your Crohn’s. Here are some of the ways your gastroenterologist might accomplish that:

Collecting samples to send to a lab

  • Blood tests
  • Stool studies

Performing a type of endoscopy to look inside the body

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper endoscopy

Taking images or scans

  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • MRI scans

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all possible tests and procedures a gastroenterologist may recommend. Any recommended procedures and tests will be dependent on the gastroenterologist and their evaluation of their specific patient’s situation.

Endoscopy – A procedure where a flexible tube-like instrument with a light and lens for viewing is used to look at the inside of the digestive tract by entering through the mouth or anus.

An endoscopy can help diagnose Crohn's disease and monitor your disease, including potential complications.

Colonoscopy – An exam that uses a small camera entering through the anus to look at the colon and/or rectum and help diagnose and monitor the severity of Crohn’s disease.

Upper endoscopy – A type of endoscopy that uses a small camera entering through the mouth to look at the upper end of the gastrointestinal tract (mouth, esophagus, stomach, and small intestine) to help diagnose and monitor the severity of Crohn’s disease.

Don’t stay on the sidelines

You play an important role in this partnership. The testing your gastroenterologist performs only tells part of the story. Your personal experience with Crohn’s disease tells the rest of it. That’s why having a voice and speaking up during your gastroenterologist visit matters. 

Prepare ahead

Brushing up on Crohn’s disease terminology can make your next visit more productive. It’s easy to get started with our glossary.

Come with questions

Come to your next gastroenterologist appointment prepared and don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions about anything that doesn’t seem clear.

Don’t be ashamed to share

The more your gastroenterologist knows, the better. Don’t hold back, even if you feel uneasy at first.

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Many people living with Crohn’s disease keep experiencing flare-ups, but you can manage them by working proactively with your gastroenterologist.

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Treatment goals for Crohn's disease include symptom relief, avoiding prolonged use of steroids, and visible improvement of the intestinal lining as seen during endoscopy.

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Reducing intestinal lining damage is a treatment goal that can help your doctor assess how well your treatment is working. Talk to your doctor about how RINVOQ can help.

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Always take a friend, family member, or a partner with you for support to major appointments because you might be overwhelmed and not register everything they tell you.

—Danielle, moderate to severe Crohn’s disease patient

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