Crohn’s Disease Specialist

Digestive Disorders Associates and MDTEC

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Annapolis, MD

If you have bouts of diarrhea and abdominal pain that sometimes clear up then reappear, you may have Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory disease in your gastrointestinal tract. The experienced physicians at Digestive Disorders Associates in Annapolis, Chester, and Gambrills/Waugh Chapel, Maryland, specialize in treating Crohn’s disease, working with each patient to customize a plan that relieves their symptoms. To learn more about Crohn’s disease treatment, call the nearest Digestive Disorders Associates office or book your appointment online today.

Crohn's Disease Q & A

What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease causes patches of red, inflamed tissue in the lining of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Although it can occur anywhere in the GI tract, Crohn’s disease most often affects your small intestine and the beginning of your large intestine.

The inflammation that develops penetrates deep into the intestine wall, causing symptoms that go through cycles of active disease and remission.

 

What are the symptoms of Crohn’s disease?

When your Crohn’s disease is in an active phase, inflammation causes symptoms such as:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Blood in your stool
  • Weight loss
  • Drainage around your anus
  • Anal fissure (tear)

Crohn’s may also cause symptoms throughout your body, including:

  • Joint pain
  • Red, inflamed eyes
  • Red, tender bumps under your skin

When children develop Crohn’s disease, it can delay their growth and development.

 

How is Crohn’s disease treated?

Nothing is more important to the team at Digestive Disorders Associates than providing the care each patient needs to relieve their Crohn’s disease. Your doctor makes it a top priority to work with you, creating an individualized treatment plan that addresses your symptoms.

Your treatment may include the following:

 

Dietary guidance

Nothing is more personalized than your diet if you have Crohn’s because each patient has their own list of foods that aggravate their symptoms. Your doctor can recommend eating habits and foods to avoid that may alleviate your symptoms, but you’ll also need to identify your food triggers.

Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may give you a specific diet to follow, such as a low-fat or lactose-free diet. On the other hand, when you’re having a severe flare of symptoms, you may need to give your GI tract a rest and go on a liquid diet.

 

Medications

Your doctor at Digestive Disorders Associates may prescribe one of the many different types of medications available to help diminish the symptoms of Crohn's disease. These medications can help reduce the activity of your immune system, control inflammation, stop diarrhea, and relieve pain. One group of medications may help your Crohn’s go into remission.

 

Surgery

When nonsurgical treatments don’t help, surgery can relieve symptoms by removing parts of the intestine affected by Crohn’s inflammation, stopping bleeding, and removing intestinal obstructions.

Don’t continue to suffer from pain and diarrhea, call Digestive Disorders Associates in Annapolis, Chester, or Gambrills/Waugh Chapel, Maryland, or book an appointment online today.