Crohn’s Disease Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Elgin, IL, South Elgin, IL & Lake In The Hills, IL

Around 1.3% of adults in the United States were diagnosed with either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis in 2015, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The expert gastroenterologists of the Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, offer quality diagnosis and treatment of Crohn’s disease and can help you find much-needed relief from the unpredictable pain, discomfort, and fatigue that comes with this digestive condition. Protect your digestive health with the assistance of the Illinois Gastroenterology Group. Call for an appointment or schedule online today.

Crohn’s Disease Q & A

What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that results in inflammation of the digestive tract, leading to symptoms like weight loss, fatigue, malnutrition, abdominal pain, and severe diarrhea. 

The inflammation involved in Crohn’s disease can affect different areas of the digestive tract. The inflammation can also spread into deeper layers of the affected bowel tissue where it can become particularly painful and debilitating. In some more severe cases, Crohn’s disease can lead to life-threatening complications.

What are the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease symptoms vary from mild to severe and depend on where the digestive tract is inflamed. Symptoms typically develop gradually, but they can sometimes appear suddenly without warning.

Crohn’s disease symptoms include:

  • Blood in the stool
  • Mouth sores
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss

More severe cases of Crohn’s disease can involve inflammation of the skin, joints, and eyes, the bile ducts, and the liver.

What Causes Crohn’s Disease?

The cause of Crohn’s disease isn’t always definitive. Several things might play a role, including:

  • Immune system and genetics
  • Smoking
  • Certain medications
  • Infection (viral or bacterial)
  • Aging
  • Family history

Your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider can help you determine what could be causing or worsening your Crohn’s disease and the best ways to treat it. If Crohn’s disease isn’t treated properly, it can lead to ulcers, fistulas, bowel obstruction, and other serious health problems.

How is Crohn’s Disease Treated?

Most Crohn’s disease treatments revolve around reducing inflammation to relieve symptoms and prevent and minimize damage.

After sufficient testing like a blood test and/or colonoscopy, your provider will suggest certain treatments for your Crohn’s disease, including:

  • Corticosteroid (anti-inflammatory medications)
  • Immunosuppressant medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Other medications (anti-diarrheals and pain relievers)
  • Healthy lifestyle changes (stress management, nutritional counseling, and appropriate exercise)

To improve your digestive health and lower your inflammation and risk of complications, other procedures, medications, and treatments might be necessary.

In some cases, surgery like a bowel resection to remove the damaged portion of the intestine or a colectomy to remove diseased sections of your colon might be needed.

Start with a personal consultation. Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group today or click to book online.