Get Control Over My Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory condition that can affect any part of the GI tract, but most commonly affects the colon and/or small intestine. Although it is more common in men and women in their 20s and 30s, it can occur at any age, including late in life. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloody stools, and weight loss.
In recent years there have been significant advances in the medications and the approaches to treating Crohn’s Disease. The goals are to improve inflammation, improve symptoms, and allow people to take control of their life.
The diagnostic procedures and tests that help us with the diagnosis and treatment plan include certain blood tests, stool analyses, radiological studies including a special MRI, and our standard upper and lower endoscopy/colonoscopy procedures. We also may recommend a pill camera study of the small intestine.
Depending on the results of the diagnostic work-up, there are always options for treatment. At times, it is best to begin with weaker medications and “step-up” in potency if no improvement is seen. But, at other times, it is best to begin with the stronger medications to bring the inflammation into control sooner. New medications are being approved nearly every year, with more in the pipeline. Stronger medication does not mean more side effects.
Diets and nutritional advice can also help symptoms and prevent weight loss. While there is no single diet recommended for all patients, our nutritionist is expert in helping patients keep their dietary needs in balance.
Our physicians and entire health care team can help with all of this. Our goal is to bring the cutting-edge knowledge and treatments to our patients, help our patients learn about all the options, and enable them to get control over their Crohn’s disease.