Living with Crohn’s disease can make each day a constant struggle, from wondering when your next flare-up might hit to battling random bouts of anxiety, fatigue, indigestion, and depression. If you’re unfamiliar with it, Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract that impacts as many as 700,000 Americans today.
Many people with Crohn’s and other invisible illnesses have found that sharing their experiences with others can be the best medicine for coping with the disease. Venting their frustrations can be relieving, and being asked questions can be just as helpful.
But sometimes, the questions that come from others can seem less than supportive. We asked people living with Crohn’s disease from our community Facebook page to reveal what questions left a bad taste in their mouth.
Michael Kasian is a features editor at Healthline who is focused on sharing the stories of others living with invisible illnesses, as he himself lives with Crohn’s.