Colitis Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL & South Elgin, IL

The complications of colitis are especially concerning, but you can protect and take care of your digestive health when you have the support and compassion of a qualified gastroenterologist. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, the friendly medical specialists work hard to determine what’s causing or worsening your colitis and the best ways to manage and treat it. The team helps you improve your daily life and wellness and take control of your colitis. Click or call to schedule online today.

Colitis Q & A

What is Colitis?

Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that inflames your colon. Colitis can affect the inner lining of your large intestine and can lead to ulcerative colitis, a condition involving inflammation, ulcers, and sores in the large intestine.

What are the Symptoms of Colitis?

Some of the symptoms of colitis include:

  • Diarrhea, often with pus or blood
  • Abdominal cramping and pain
  • Rectal pain
  • Small amount of blood with stool
  • Urgency to defecate
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

 

For most people, the symptoms of colitis come and go.

When Should I See a Doctor About My Colitis?

You should visit Illinois Gastroenterology Group if you experience a persistent change in your bowel habits or if you have other concerning symptoms like abdominal pain, blood in your stool, and diarrhea.

What Causes Colitis?

It isn’t clear what causes colitis. Diet and stress might play a role in aggravating the condition.

One possible cause is a malfunction of the immune system. When you have an abnormal immune response, this can cause your immune system to attack the cells in your digestive tract.

What are the Complications of Colitis?

Some of the complications of colitis include:

  • Hole in the large intestine (perforated colon)
  • Severe dehydration
  • Liver disease
  • Bone loss
  • Inflammation of your joints, skin, and eyes
  • Rapidly swelling colon

 

Some complications of colitis can be life-threatening. Colitis also increases your risk of colon cancer.

How is Colitis Diagnosed?

To diagnose colitis, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider will order blood tests, a stool sample, X-rays, a CT scan, an MRI, or other testing.

Your provider might suggest a colonoscopy, an exam that allows your provider to view the inside of your entire colon using a thin, lighted, flexible tube with an attached camera. Your provider can also take a small biopsy during your colonoscopy if needed.

How is Colitis Treated?

Your provider devises a personalized treatment plan that can include healthy lifestyle changes like nutritional counseling, stress management, weight loss, and appropriate exercise.

Your treatment plan could include certain medications like corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, immunomodulatory drugs to also fight inflammation, or biologics, an IV therapy that fights against the effects of autoimmune disorders.

In some cases, your provider might suggest surgery like a proctocolectomy to remove your entire colon and rectum. In most cases, you don’t need to wear a colostomy bag and your provider can construct a pouch from the end of your small intestine and directly attach it to your anus to allow you to expel waste relatively normally.

Your provider works with you to lower your inflammation, improve your digestive health and immune system, and lower your risks.

Find relief from your symptoms and call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or book through the online system.