Crohn’s disease is an incurable inflammatory bowel condition that causes a wide range of symptoms, most notably digestive problems and pain. If you have any symptoms of Crohn’s disease and live near Willoughby, Ohio, David Demangone, MD, can help. Dr. Demangone is a distinguished anesthesiologist and pain management specialist who provides expert chronic pain therapies, including ketamine infusions. Call the practice today to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
Crohn’s disease is one of several conditions that fall under the umbrella of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn’s disease causes chronic and often severe digestive system problems. It most often affects the small intestine and colon, but can develop in any area of your digestive tract from your mouth to your anus.
Crohn’s disease can also lead to other health problems, such as abscesses, fissures and fistulas, malabsorption that leads to malnutrition, skin problems such as sores and tender nodules, eye pain, kidney problems, and chronic inflammation.
Having Crohn’s disease also increases your risk of developing potentially life-threatening conditions like fatty liver disease, hepatitis, and colorectal cancer.
Crohn’s disease is a problem related to a dysfunction in your immune system, although the precise cause isn’t known. You’re more likely to develop Crohn’s if another family member has the disease.
Crohn’s disease can cause symptoms such as:
Changes in stool frequency and consistency are also typical of Crohn’s disease. Some patients experience long periods of being symptom-free but suffer severe flare-ups on occasions.
Crohn’s disease is incurable, but you can learn to manage the condition and reduce the severity of your symptoms.
To ensure you receive the right treatments, you need to undergo tests to make sure there’s no other reason for your symptoms and check for signs of Crohn’s disease in your digestive tract.
You might need to provide blood and stool samples for testing or undergo an MRI or CT scan to look at your internal organs in detail. One of the most useful diagnostic tools is the endoscope, a miniature camera on a flexible tube that sends back images from the inside of your body.
An upper endoscopy involves viewing your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum using a camera that goes down your throat. A colonoscopy involves a camera looking at the entire large bowel, while video capsule endoscopy (VCE) is a swallowable camera that looks at the entire length of your intestines.
The first stage of treating Crohn’s disease typically involves medication.
Anti-inflammatory medications, including steroids, can help ease pain and inflammation. Antibiotics might be necessary to eliminate infection in the intestines, and you might benefit from taking anti-diarrhea medication. There’s also a range of biologic medicines called TNF (tumor necrosis factor) inhibitors that can help reduce your symptoms.
A healthy diet and lifestyle management techniques can make a significant difference in your ability to live with Crohn’s disease. If you’re having a flare-up, Dr. Demangone can offer a course of ketamine infusion therapy to reduce the pain.
If you have Crohn’s disease and aren’t benefiting from your current treatment program, or you have symptoms of the disease, call David Demangone, MD, today, or book an appointment online.