Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), like Crohn’s disease, may only affect a little more than 1% of the United States population, but for those affected, the symptoms can be life-altering. The experienced team at Colorado Gastroenterology, with offices in Denver, Aurora, and Golden, specialize in Crohn’s disease and can provide treatment to help ease your pain and improve your quality of life. Call the office today.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes severe, deep tissue inflammation. Unlike ulcerative colitis, a form of IBD that only affects the colon, Crohn’s disease can affect any part of your digestive tract, from your mouth to your anus, and, most commonly, the small intestines.
Researchers are still trying to identify the underlying cause of Crohn’s disease, but theorize that your genetics and environment may play a role in its development. Once believed that diet and stress caused Crohn’s disease, it’s now known that these two factors aggravate the condition.
Your Crohn’s disease symptoms may vary in both type and severity. Common symptoms include:
You may go months or years without any symptoms, and then they may come on gradually or suddenly. If you’re experiencing any bowel changes, you should contact the team at Colorado Gastroenterology for an evaluation.
Your specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology conducts a comprehensive examination when you come in with concerns about abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits. Due to the variation in symptoms, your specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology may need to run a number of tests to rule out other causes of your symptoms, such as:
Currently, there is no single test that can diagnose Crohn’s disease.
No one treatment works for everyone with Crohn’s disease, and your specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology works one-on-one with you to create an effective treatment plan.
Some of your treatment options may include:
When you’re experiencing a Crohn’s disease flare-up, you may need to “rest” your digestive system. Your specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology may recommend tube feeding with a special nutrition formula to help maintain nutrition and promote healing.
In some cases, surgery may be needed to remove the damaged tissue.
Crohn’s disease can lead to debilitating pain, but the team at Colorado Gastroenterology can work closely with you to devise a plan to help you manage the disease. Call the office nearest you today.