https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ85ikfzezs Many Crohn's disease patients suffer the symptoms of the condition years before they receive their diagnosis and they can begin treatment. Find out more about the tools used to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease. In this WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore video, the segment of the show The Woman's Hour is dedicated to Crohn's disease. Dr. Matilda Hagan explains that Crohn's disease is difficult to diagnose because its common symptoms--diarrhea and stomach pains--are present in so many other diseases. To reach a diagnosis, patients must undergo a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. The doctor also stresses that although there is no cure there are effective treatments and that patients will need to tailor their diet to avoid foods which may trigger flares. Read our seven tips to help you manage your Crohn's flares better. IBD News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.