In part two of my four-part series about Crohn’s disease, I discuss the journey to a Crohn's or colitis diagnosis. Crohn’s and colitis are both diseases that are not as simple to diagnose as other chronic illnesses. With Crohn’s or colitis, there's no test that comes up positive for a treatment plan to begin. No, this disease cannot do anything "easily." There is such a large number of signs and symptoms, and combinations of symptoms, that finding a diagnosis is not as simple as a yes or no answer. The first 'go-to' for getting your diagnosis is to see your primary care physician and say what's going on. Your doctor will note your symptoms and other information you provide, and hopefully suggest a plan. I know bathroom talk is never pleasant, but it could save you future pain or risk of the disease spreading or getting worse with time. Your primary doctor will usually recommend a referral for a consultation with a gastroenterologist if you have stomach issues. Then, after meeting with the GI, you'll likely go through a colonoscopy, endoscopy, or both procedures so doctors can view your inflammation and take biopsies of what is seen. Blood work is usually ordered, such as a CBC (complete blood count), to look for anemia and infections; liver or kidney panels can be ordered, and typically at least one stool sample is requested. A colonoscopy, coming up from the bottom, or an endoscopy, going down from the top, are scope procedures in which a tube is inserted into the body through the anus (up from the bottom) or mouth (down from the top) to look around. These are done under general anesthesia to help avoid any discomfort or embarrassment, and sometimes fasting is required as well as a bowel prep solution to drink (lots of it, too).