Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects about three million people in the United States. It disrupts digestion, causing painful bloating and abdominal pain, and leads to diarrhea and/or constipation. Board-certified gastroenterologist Asif M. Qadri, MD, of Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates in Watkinsville, Georgia, provides diagnoses and support for IBD. Call the office today to book an appointment or request one online at any time.
IBD is a collection of conditions that cause your digestive tract to be chronically inflamed. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are the most common forms of IBD.
Crohn’s disease causes inflammation throughout your digestive tract, but it affects your large and small intestines most often. Ulcerative colitis usually affects your large intestine, and in some cases, the chronic inflammation causes ulcers in your colon and rectum.
Other complications of IBD are colon cancer, blood clots, and diffuse inflammation throughout your body.
Many painful and disruptive digestive symptoms can stem from IBD. These include:
IBD symptoms vary in severity. You may experience time during which your symptoms flare up as well as periods of remission when you feel fine.
Why some people develop IBD is not understood, but there is likely a link to issues involving their immune systems. When your immune system goes haywire, it may attack your digestive tract and cause inflammation.
Risk factors for developing inflammatory bowel disease include:
Limiting your exposure to these risk factors can help limit your chances of developing IBD.
Dr. Qadri performs a thorough physical exam and medical history. He’ll review your symptoms and check for signs of inflammation. He’ll also rule out other conditions that could cause your symptoms. Testing he may order includes:
Once Dr. Qadri determines that you have IBD, he develops a customized treatment plan to help manage your symptoms and minimize flare-ups.
Treatment for IBD is customized to your symptoms, the severity of your condition, and your exact diagnosis.
Therapies may include anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics, immune system suppressors, and medications to manage your symptoms. Dr. Qadri may also suggest dietary changes and supplements to ensure you get all the nutrients you need.
If you have symptoms of IBD, call Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates, or schedule an appointment online.