IBD Specialist

Digestive Disorders Associates and MDTEC

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Annapolis, MD

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a catchall term for a number of conditions that cause persistent and nagging inflammation in your bowels. The bottom line, no matter the disease, is that medical intervention is necessary to provide much-needed relief from the pain and discomfort these diseases bring with them. At Digestive Disorders Associates, the expert team of gastrointestinal specialists has a number of effective tools to help their patients in Annapolis, Chester, and Gambrills/Waugh Chapel, Maryland put an end to the inflammation. To learn more, call or request an appointment using the online scheduler.

IBD Q & A

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

Inflammation anywhere in your body can cause various levels of discomfort, but when it strikes your gastrointestinal tract, including your bowel, the pain and discomfort have a way of hijacking your entire health and wellness. Such is often the case when it comes to inflammatory bowel diseases, with the following types leading the charge:

 

Colitis

Quite simply, colitis refers to inflammation in the lining of your colon, which can be caused by inflammatory bowel diseases, as well as allergic reactions.

 

Diverticulitis

This condition occurs when small pouches form along the inside of your colon, which are called diverticula. When these pouches become inflamed or infected, it causes diverticulitis.

 

Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a condition that causes inflammation and sores along the inside of the lining of your colon and rectum.

 

Crohn’s disease

The hallmark of Crohn’s disease is chronic inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract that causes considerable pain and discomfort and can lead to serious complications if not managed correctly.


What are the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease?

The symptoms of IBD vary in duration and severity, but most of the diseases mentioned above are signaled by:

 

  • Pain, which can range from mild discomfort to excruciating cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Blood in your stool
  • Lack of appetite

 

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms and over-the-counter medications are having little to no effect, it’s time to have one of the specialists at Digestive Disorders Associates perform an evaluation.

 

What are the treatments for inflammatory bowel disease?

After your doctor conducts a thorough exam and reviews your symptoms and your medical history, they order further testing, which includes blood and stool samples, as well as advanced imaging to get a better look at what’s going on inside your bowels. This advanced imaging may include a colonoscopy or endoscopy procedure, which allows your doctor to see the inside of your bowel up close in order to find the source of your inflammation. 

With a diagnosis in hand, they’re able to come up with an appropriate treatment plan that relieves your discomfort. 

While it’s hard to say what your doctor may recommend for your situation, rest assured, the practice avails itself of the most up-to-date treatment protocols and technology to help you find relief, which includes:


  • Therapeutic infusions at the on-site fusion center
  • Anti-inflammatory medications, including corticosteroids
  • Immune suppressors to control inflammation
  • Antibiotics
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Surgery

 

If you suspect you have an IBD, call Digestive Disorders Associates or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.