How your gastroenterologists in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall, and Pembroke Pines, FL, can help when you have Crohn’s disease
If you have Crohn’s disease, you already know how much it can affect your diet and your life. Your gastroenterologist is an expert at diagnosis and treatment of Crohn’s disease and can help you feel better.
The gastroenterologists at Digestive Medicine Associates offer comprehensive GI medicine services, including diagnosis, management, and treatment of Crohn’s disease. They have several convenient office locations in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, and Kendall, FL, to help you.
The cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, but it is believed to be caused by an abnormal immune system which attacks normal cells in the digestive tract, causing inflammation and pain. Heredity is also believed to be a factor in developing Crohn’s disease.
These are 5 main symptoms of Crohn’s disease:
- Reduced appetite
- Weight loss
- Severe abdominal cramps
- Blood in your stool
In addition to these symptoms, you may also experience:
- Mouth sores
- Inflammation of your skin and eyes
- Inflammation and pain in your joints
If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above, it’s time visit your GI doctor for some diagnostic tests. Your GI doctor may recommend:
- Blood tests to check for anemia
- Fecal blood tests to check for blood in your stool
- Imaging including a colonoscopy, MRI, or CT scan
If you have Crohn’s disease, your GI doctor can help. There are several treatment options your gastroenterologist may recommend, including:
- Corticosteroid medications to reduce inflammation
- Immune system suppressing medications to reduce inflammation
- Antibiotic medications to eliminate bacteria causing infection
- Surgery for severe cases which don’t respond to other treatment
Crohn’s disease is serious, and can cause malnutrition, inadequate absorption of nutrients, and gastrointestinal damage. It’s important to seek out the services of your gastroenterologist quickly. Early treatment means a better outcome for you.
To learn more about the signs, symptoms, management, and treatment of Crohn’s disease, call the gastroenterologists at Digestive Medicine Associates. You can reach them in any of their locations in Hialeah, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, and Kendall, FL, by calling (305) 822-4107, so call now.