Pain is a common sign and symptom of Crohn's and colitis. It is defined as an “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. ” But pain isn’t just unpleasant. Your pain is important, unique, and personal. Pain can negatively impact your quality of life including your psychological and social well-being, as well as your ability to engage in daily activities at work, school, and in your personal life.

But, there is hope. Gaining a better understanding of how we experience different types and sources of pain in IBD, you can work with your health care providers to create a tailored treatmant plan that may include a combination of medications, lifestyle choices, psychotherapy, and other coping strategies to improve your pain and help you thrive in spite of it.

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