What is Crohn's Disease?
By Digestive Medicine Associates
October 22, 2018
Category: GI Condition
Tags: Crohn's Disease  

What your gastroenterologists in Miami, Florida want you to know

Crohn’s disease can dramatically affect your life by causing inflammation of your digestive tract. The symptoms of Crohn’s disease are typically painful and can be debilitating. You don’t have to deal with Crohn’s disease alone. Your gastroenterologist can help. The gastroenterologists at Digestive Medicine Associates want to share the facts about Crohn’s disease and what can be done to alleviate your symptoms. They have several convenient office locations in Miami, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, and Kendall, Florida to help you.

Stomach PainNo one knows the exact cause of Crohn’s disease, but there are some definite contributors including an abnormal immune system which begins to attack normal cells in the digestive tract. Heredity may also play a part in developing Crohn’s disease.

There are several noticeable symptoms of Crohn’s disease, including:

  • Fever and fatigue
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss
  • Abdominal cramping and diarrhea
  • Blood in your stool

You may also notice symptoms in other parts of your body including:

  • Sores in your mouth
  • Eye and skin inflammation
  • Joint inflammation and pain

Crohn’s disease can cause many serious complications and should be treated by your gastroenterologist. If you think you may have Crohn’s disease, it’s vital to visit your gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. To diagnose Crohn’s disease, your gastroenterologist may suggest:

  • Blood tests to check for anemia
  • Fecal blood tests to look for blood in your stool
  • Imaging including a colonoscopy, MRI, or CT scan

If you are diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, there are several effective treatments to reduce symptoms including:

  • Corticosteroid medications to reduce inflammation
  • Immune system suppressing medications to reduce the cause of inflammation
  • Antibiotic medications to eliminate infection

Crohn’s disease can dramatically affect your ability to maintain adequate nutrition, so your gastroenterologist will also suggest vitamins and supplements to keep you healthy. For severe cases of Crohn’s disease, surgery may be indicated. Your gastroenterologist will discuss surgical options with you.

Your gastroenterologist can help you deal with Crohn’s disease. All it takes is a simple phone call to the gastroenterologists at Digestive Medicine Associates, with offices in Miami, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, and Kendall, Florida. Get some relief by calling today!

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