Crohn’s Disease Treatment in New Lenox, IL
If you are looking for the best gastroenterologist near you, then you have found your doctor at SouthWest Gastroenterology! Dr Zahid Afzal MD and staff are open 5 days a week and are located at 678 Cedar Crossings Drive New Lenox, IL 60451. We specialize in getting you relief and results from Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s Disease is a rare disease that affects less than 200,000 people a year. This inflammatory bowel disease (IDB) causes inflammation to your digestive tract which can become significantly painful and have difficult to treat symptoms. Individuals who have Crohn’s Disease can experience several different symptoms. Some of those symptoms are a pain in the abdomen and lower abdomen, joints, and rectum. This pain can be from mild to severe. Other symptoms include bowel obstruction, diarrhea, vomiting, flatulence, nausea, bloating, and blood in the stool. Some common symptoms can also include cramping, mouth ulcers, weight loss, depression, and anal fissures. Finding the right doctor to help you with this uncommon and difficult to treat disease can leave you feeling frustrated, angry, and feelings of hopelessness. Here at SouthWest Gastroenterology, we can help you navigate this disease and find the best treatment plan for you! Dr. Zahid Afzal, MD and our caring and well-informed staff are devoted to getting you the results and treatment you need to feel more comfortable and, on the road to having a healthy digestive system.
There are various forms of treatment for Crohn’s Disease; however, there is no cure. There is no one treatment that provides the same relief of symptoms for everyone. This is what makes treating Crohn’s Disease so tricky. One option for the treatment of Crohn’s Disease is through anti-inflammatory medications. These are often the initial step taken in the treatment of IBD and Crohn’s. Some anti-inflammatory drug options are; Corticosteroids. Corticosteroids help tame the inflammation in your body. These medications are used for short term interventions for about 3 to 4 months and can be used with other forms of interventions such as immune system suppressors. Oral 5-aminosalicylates have also been used in the past. However, recent studies have shown only minimal benefit in combating symptoms. These drugs also contain sulfa, which is a highly allergic medication.
As previously mentioned, immune system suppressors are also common in treating Crohn’s Disease. These medications also help in reducing the inflammation in your body by targeting the immune system. Your immune system is what produces the substances in your body to cause the inflammation.
Antibiotics can also be helpful in the treatment of Crohn’s Disease. Antibiotics do this by reducing intestinal bacteria that is harmful and may affect to the intestinal immune system which then can lead to more inflammation. Some commonly used antibiotics that are prescribed for the treatment of Crohn’s Disease are metronidazole (Flagyl) and ciprofloxacin (Cipro).
Some over the counter drugs can also be useful in the treatment of Crohn’s Disease. It is wise to speak to your doctor before introducing an over the counter medication to make sure it does not counteract or cause harm due to another medication you may be taking. Some over the counter drugs can include; anti-diarrheal such as a fiber supplement, pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, iron supplements, vitamin b-12, calcium, and vitamin D supplements.
Diet and exercise can also be helpful in treating your Crohn’s Disease. Speaking with a nutritionist to discuss a specialty diet can help with reducing the inflammation. This intervention is useful with the use of other interventions in combination.
And lastly, surgery is an option for the treatment of Crohn’s Disease. This is the last resort in the treatment, after significant attempts at lifestyle changes such as your diet, medication management, and over the counter medications. Despite Crohn’s disease not having a cure, nearly half of the patients who are diagnosed with the disease go on to need surgery to help manage pain and symptoms. A typical procedure is a bowel resection which is the surgical removal of part of the intestine. Other surgeries can also be performed to drain abscesses in your body or close fistulas.
Despite the lack of an immediate cure for Crohn’s disease, there is still hope in finding interventions that help you continue to live a life that is fulfilling and void of significant symptoms. Please, don’t hesitate to reach out to our facility here in New Lenox, IL with any questions or concerns you may have. We are open five days a week and are located at 678 Cedar Crossings Drive New Lenox, IL 60451. We specialize in getting you relief and results from Crohn’s Disease.