By Glenn D Madokoro, MD
August 15, 2016
Category: Gastroenterologist
Tags: Crohn's Disease  

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes pain, severe diarrhea, and other serious symptoms. Glenn D. Madokoro, M.D., your Newport Beach, CA gastroenterologist, shares some signs that may indicate that you have Crohn's disease.Chrohn's Disease

Signs of Crohn's disease

Signs of Crohn's disease can vary in severity, but often include:

  • Pain and Cramps: Since Crohn's disease causes ulcers and inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, it's not surprising that abdominal pain and cramps are common signs of the disease. It's much harder for food to move through the digestive tract when the lining is inflamed or contains ulcers. Mild to severe pain can occur during the digestion process due to these factors.
  • Diarrhea: Diarrhea often occurs with abdominal pain and cramps.
  • Bloody Stools: If you glance at the toilet bowl after a bowel movement, you may notice that your stools are bloody. Both red and dark blood may be a sign that you have Crohn's disease.
  • Appetite Issues: You may not feel like eating if you have Crohn's disease, which can lead to weight loss. Weight loss may also occur because inflammation may make it harder for your body to absorb nutrients from food.
  • Mouth Ulcers: Frequent mouth sores can be a sign of the disease.
  • Fever: Inflammations and infections in the digestive tract may trigger fevers.
  • Fatigue: You may feel more tired than usual and feel that you don't just have enough energy if you have Crohn's disease.
  • Perianal Problems: Inflammation can cause fistulas to occur around your anus. Fistulas are tunnels that develop under your skin.

How can a gastroenterologist help me?

Your Newport Beach ,CA gastroenterologist can prescribe medications that help reduce inflammation and suppress the substances produced by your immune system that cause the inflammation. Your doctor may also recommend other medications and therapies to relieve your symptoms, including pain medication, vitamin B12 shots, nutritional supplements and nutrition therapy. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to remove damaged areas of your digestive tract.

Contact Your Newport Beach, CA Gastroenterologist

Prompt treatment can help you avoid serious complications due to Crohn's disease. If you suspect that you have the disease, call Glenn D. Madokoro, M.D., your Newport Beach, CA, gastroenterologist, at (949) 548-8800 to schedule an appointment.