Living with ulcerative colitis can be quite the challenge. During flare-ups, many can suffer from abdominal pain, fever, weight loss, and chronic, and bloody diarrhea. The IBD Center of Excellence offers a team of renowned gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons who specialize in the comprehensive management of inflammatory bowel disease and conditions such as ulcerative colitis. To learn more about IBD, ulcerative colitis or to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, contact us at (888) 421-4172.

Here are seven tips our doctors recommend to help you cope with the chronic illness.

Tip #1: Find an exercise regimen that works for you.

High-impact exercise such as running may be out of the question, but it’s important to get some physical activity. Try a slow walk or yoga. Find a workout program that will help you de-stress.

Tip #2 Get rest

Sleep is key for anyone with a chronic illness to help his or her body deal with the disease. If your symptoms are making it difficult to sleep through the night, speak with your doctor because they may be able to prescribe something to help you rest more easily.

Tip #3 Talk about it

Let your friends, family, and colleagues know about your condition—the amount of detail you want to provide is, of course, up to you. It will help you deal with your day-to-day activities without fear that someone will not understand when you are not feeling well.

Tip #4 Offer and accept support.

Feeling sick can bring you down, but reaching out to others can truly make the difference. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America offers discussion forums, as well as a chance to meet people and volunteer at local chapters and events.

You may also want to volunteer your time to causes you are passionate about or offer your support to someone who is newly diagnosed. It may give you just the boost that you need.

Tip #5 Be prepared

Prepare for those inopportune times. It’s a good idea to keep a change of clothes and toileting supplies in your car. At least you’ll feel more secure that you have the items you need to manage your condition – especially in the event of a long road trip.

Tip #6 Know your surroundings

When you arrive at an unfamiliar or new location, locate the nearest bathroom. This will prevent any panic in the event that you need a restroom.

Tip #7 Check out bathroom locator apps

That’s right! There are smartphone bathroom apps that help you locate the nearest bathroom. One app, called SitOrSquat, which is available for iPhone and Blackberry. Another app is Bathroom Finder (aka Toilet Finder and WC Finder), which is available for iPhone, Blackberry, and Android. Keep in mind, these apps are still a work in progress but are worth a try.

Contact an IBD Specialist in Beverly Hills

At the IBD Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills, we deliver a compassionate, patient-centered approach for the management of inflammatory bowel disease related conditions such as ulcerative colitis. For more information on IBD, ulcerative colitis, or to schedule a consultation with an IBD specialist, please call (888) 421-4172 or fill out our contact form.