Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Arlington Heights, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

If you regularly experience diarrhea and stomach pain, you should talk to the experienced gastroenterology team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The team offers expert diagnosis and customized treatment to manage your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or make an appointment online today.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Q & A

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?

IBD is a group of disorders that cause chronic inflammation in your digestive system.

For example, two of the most common types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease causes inflammation in the lining of your small intestine, although it can affect any part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis affects your large intestine and rectum.

The inflammation in your digestive tract causes a variety of disruptive symptoms and can lead to potentially dangerous complications when left untreated.

What are the Symptoms of IBD?

IBD causes many uncomfortable and disruptive digestive symptoms, including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Bloody stools
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Reduced appetite
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Fever

Your symptoms could be triggered by food, or you could find that some food can reduce your symptoms.

What Causes IBD?

Medical researchers haven’t identified a specific cause of IBD. However, IBD is often a consequence of a dysfunctional immune system.

When your immune system functions correctly, it fights off the bacteria and responds to environmental triggers that cause inflammation in your digestive tract. When your immune system doesn’t respond correctly, it leaves you vulnerable to illness and inflammation.

Some of the risk factors for IBD include your family medical history — if you have a family member with IBD, your chances of developing the condition are higher. 

Using tobacco and excessive use of alcohol and over-the-counter painkillers can also increase your risk of developing IBD.

How is IBD Treated?

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for IBD. However, the team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group offers customized treatment plans to manage your symptoms and restore your quality of life. Your program can include:

  • Lifestyle and diet changes
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Immune system suppressors
  • Antibiotics

In severe cases, if IBD damages part of your digestive tract, you’ll probably need surgery to repair or remove the damaged tissue.

Why is it Important to Get Treatment for IBD?

If you’re concerned about IBD, make an appointment at Illinois Gastroenterology Group. Getting treatment to manage your condition is critical to reducing your risk of complications like:

  • Bowel obstructions
  • Malnutrition
  • Ulcers
  • Fistulas
  • Anal fissures
  • Colon cancer
  • Liver damage
  • Blood clots

Call Illinois Gastroenterology Group or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis to identify the cause of your symptoms and to get the customized treatment you need to protect your health and quality of life.