More than a half-million Americans struggle with Crohn’s disease, spending their time worrying about unpredictable flare-ups that disrupt daily life. The experienced team at G.I. Medicine Associates, P.C. has helped many people get back to an active life with treatments that ease symptoms and keep their Crohn’s disease in remission. Don’t wait to seek help for your Crohn’s disease. Call the office in St. Clair Shores or Macomb, Michigan.
Crohn’s disease, also called inflammatory bowel disease, is a chronic condition that causes patches of inflammation in the tissues lining your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
The areas of inflammation are surrounded by healthy tissue. However, the inflammation can pervade deep into the intestinal wall, causing problems such as:
Though you can have Crohn’s in any part of your GI tract, from your mouth all the way through to the anus, the inflammation most often appears in the last part of your small intestine or the first part of your large intestine.
If you have Crohn’s disease, you have one or more of the following symptoms:
In addition to the typical symptoms listed above, 20-40% of people with inflammatory bowel disease develop other problems. As a result, you may experience:
Crohn’s disease usually cycles through periods of active disease, alternating with periods of remission and few symptoms. When a flare-up begins, patients usually have sudden diarrhea and lower abdominal cramps.
The team at G.I. Medicine Associates, P.C. creates customized care plans based on the extent of the inflammatory patches and the severity of your symptoms. Your treatment may include any of the following:
Several types of medications can improve your symptoms and help keep the disease in remission, including:
Biologic medications reduce inflammation and neutralize the immune system by targeting specific proteins. The team at G.I. Medicine Associates, P.C. administers biologics intravenously at their infusion services clinic.
While foods don’t cause Crohn’s, resting your bowels and changing your diet can reduce symptoms during a flare-up.
If your symptoms persist despite medications, your provider may recommend surgery to remove the patches of inflamed tissues. You can develop new patches of Crohn’s in the future. However, surgery eliminates your symptoms until new patches appear. You may also need surgery to repair complications like fistulas.
When you need help with Crohn’s disease, call G.I. Medicine Associates, P.C.