Crohn’s Disease Treatment in Oak Park, IL
At Diamond Gastroenterology, we provide Crohn’s disease treatment to any individual dealing with this disorder. For an appointment, please feel free to call us or schedule one through our website. We serve patients from Oak Park IL, and surrounding areas.
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Crohn’s disease is widespread, affecting over 700,000 people in the United States alone, with an equal rate of men and women affected. With that in mind, our board-certified gastroenterologists and medical professionals at Diamond Gastroenterology do not take Crohn’s disease lightly but are committed to providing the highest possible quality of treatment to our patients who deal with Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes inflammation and irritation throughout the digestive system or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. While there is no known cause of Crohn’s disease, experts believe several environmental, genetic, and hereditary factors contribute to or increase the risk of an individual contracting the illness. Some of these factors include autoimmune disorders, parents who suffer from IBD, smoking, and more.
Depending on where Crohn’s disease occurs within the digestive tract, there are several different types of Crohn’s disease, which are as follows:
– Gastroduodenal Crohn’s disease: this type of Crohn’s disease affects the stomach and the top or beginning of the small intestine, called the duodenum.
– Granulomatous colitis: this type of Crohn’s disease only affects the colon, also known as the large intestine.
– Ileitis: This type of Crohn’s disease only affects the ileum, which is the bottom or final part of the small intestine.
– Ileocolitis: this type of Crohn’s disease is the most common and affects the end of the small intestine, or ileum, and the colon, or large intestine.
– Jejunoileitis: this type of Crohn’s disease affects the upper half of the small intestine, called the jejunum.
Crohn’s disease can be diagnosed via blood tests, colonoscopies, computed tomography (CT) scans, stool tests, or upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopies and exams.
The symptoms of Crohn’s disease can range from mild to debilitating and can affect several different bodily processes and areas of the digestive tract. With that in mind, some of the symptoms of Crohn’s disease include the following:
– Abdominal pain and severe cramping
– Abnormal skin tags, typically found on or around the anus
– Anal fissures and rectal bleeding
– Anemia, or iron deficiency
– Bile duct and liver inflammation
– Blood, mucus, or pus in the stool
– Decreased appetite or feeling of fullness
– Delayed growth or sexual development when Crohn’s disease is found in children
– Chronic or severe diarrhea
– Flatulence or gas
– Frequent and urgent need for bowel movements or feeling as though your bowels are not empty after a bowel movement
– Inflammation of the eyes (uveitis), joints, and skin
– Irregular menstrual cycles
– Kidney stones
– Nausea and vomiting
– Night sweats
– Perianal fistula, which is an abscess in or around the anus or rectum
– Sores or ulcers that can occur anywhere from the mouth to anus
– Unexplained weight loss
If you are dealing with any of the above symptoms and are concerned that you may have Crohn’s disease, our board-certified gastroenterologist and medical professionals at Diamond Gastroenterology would gladly evaluate your symptoms and provide any necessary treatment to help you manage symptoms and start feeling better.
Since there is no cure for Crohn’s disease, Crohn’s disease treatment aims to control inflammation, correct nutritional deficiencies, and provide symptom relief. With that said, treatment for Crohn’s disease varies from person to person depending on the type and severity of the condition, any current or potential complications, the symptoms the patient is experiencing, and how well they have responded to certain treatments in the past. As such, some treatment options for Crohn’s disease could include any of the following:
– Antibiotics: to fight off infection and allow the GI tract to heal
– Anti-diarrheal medicine and fluid replacement: to help stop diarrhea and prevent dehydration
– Anti-inflammatory medication: to help relieve inflammation
– Biologics: to help regulate your immune system and suppress the immune response
– Bowel rest: to give your bowels the time and space to heal, often combined with intravenous (IV) nutrition
– Corticosteroid injections: to help relieve inflammation
– Immunomodulators: to help calm inflammation by suppressing an overactive immune response
– Surgery: if necessary, to remove part of the GI tract or correct intestinal perforations, blockages, or bleeding.
For more information, please call us. We serve patients from Oak Park IL, River Forest IL, Cicero IL, River Grove IL, Forest Park IL, Berwyn IL, Melrose Park IL, Elmwood Park IL, Chicago IL, La Grange IL, Broadview IL, and surrounding areas.