5 Ways to Deal With Crohn’s at Work
Work can be stressful for many of us, whether or not we’re living with a health condition. But for the roughly 700,000 Americans with Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), work can be especially difficult.
When a Crohn’s flare-up hits, you may find that you need to run to the bathroom immediately no matter what you’re doing at the time. Other Crohn’s symptoms can include cramping, fever, and fatigue, depending on how active the disease is at the time; such problems may further complicate your working hours.
What’s more, you may face an additional challenge at work: your colleagues’ reactions. Crohn’s is not as common as other chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, and your coworkers may not be knowledgeable about it, says Tanvi Dhere, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. “Frequent trips to the restroom may be misinterpreted by some as a way to take extra breaks,” she says.