9. Look Out For Symptoms Because you have a chronic disease, getting the flu is much more serious than the average person. Even a common cold or cough will affect you much worse than others. Be aware of early symptoms (sneezing, sore throat, aching muscles, headaches, slight fever) and act on them as soon as possible to minimize the effects. You can get more advice from your doctor. Source: Prevention.com Here are eight IBD signs and symptoms you should be aware of.