7 Common Digestive Diseases and Treatments

If you are like most people, you don’t like talking about your digestive problems.  But you don’t have to suffer in silence. Gastroenterology specialists today can provide significant relief for most, if not all, digestive disorders. Here is a list of 7 common digestive diseases and their treatments: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Caused by chronic… Read more »

IBD And The Flu

About IBD Inflammatory bowel disease refers to a group of diseases that affect the small intestine and/or the colon. The diseases differ somewhat in their severity and manifestation, but they are all autoimmune diseases or diseases in which the body attacks its own tissue as foreign. Some forms include: Ulcerative colitis Crohn’s disease Diversion colitis… Read more »

What Is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is one of the conditions belonging to the group known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  Crohn’s disease affects approximately half a million Americans and is a condition that causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.  The doctor who first described this eponymous disease in 1932, Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, worked with two colleagues on… Read more »

Opioid Use In IBD Patients

A recent study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that opioid use in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) was associated with higher mortality and greater rates of opioid abuse. This information highlights the importance of close monitoring and compliance with the established medication regimen to prevent flare-ups. IBD encompasses a group of bowel disorders in which the bowel becomes chronically inflamed, resulting… Read more »

Deductible Met? Schedule Your Colonoscopy Screening Today

As the end of the year approaches, many people have met their insurance deductible so that full insurance coverage kicks in for elective procedures. This makes it a great time to schedule medical care that is not immediately necessary. What Medical Procedures Should I Schedule After Hitting Deductible? Seeking medical care for conditions that are… Read more »

How Do I Know If I Have IBD? (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to a number of conditions characterized by inflammation of the large and/or small intestines, with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) representing the most common forms. Left untreated, IBD can lead to severe complications, as well as substantial pain and discomfort. Below, we will look at some of the symptoms of… Read more »

Life With IBD: 4 Tips For Managing Symptoms

For most, stomach troubles are an occasional issue that causes short-term discomfort when a virus or bacterial infection is involved.  But, for over 1.5 million others, their digestive struggles are far more severe.  In fact, for those who are living with the condition known as inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, painful flare-ups of the disease can be… Read more »

Celiac Vs Crohn’s: Differences And Similarities

We all experience stomach pains from time to time and normally pay little mind to it. It could have been caused by something you ate, how much you ate, a night of drinking, nervousness, or countless other reasons. However, if you feel like you have a persisting problem that leaves you running to the bathroom… Read more »

3 Types Of Screenings Performed By Gastroenterologists

When you are struggling with digestive difficulties or have reached an age when recommended screenings such as colonoscopies should begin, it’s time to include a gastroenterologist in your health care team. The training of a gastroenterologist is very specific and unique, including training in specialized gastrointestinal procedures.  This allows them to provide high quality, comprehensive… Read more »

1.6 Million Americans Have This, Are You One of Them?

If you suffer from frequent abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fatigue, and weight loss, you may be one of the 1.6 million Americans suffering from a group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is characterized by chronic inflammation and damage to the digestive tract, compromising its function. The disorder mainly includes Crohn’s disease… Read more »

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Pregnancy

Any chronic disease can make pregnancy a more challenging experience, and the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) – Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis – are no exception. But current management practices for IBD usually makes pregnancy with IBD a safe experience for both mother and child. With careful supervision from a qualified physician, a healthy pregnancy… Read more »

What Is Crohn’s Disease?

What is Crohn’s Disease? If you or someone you know has Crohn’s disease, you probably have a good idea of how it makes you feel. The symptoms are very hard to miss – they include stomach pain, diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, fever, and fatigue. But it might not be all that clear… Read more »

Nutritional Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in children occurs as a result of genetic and environmental factors. IBD is a condition that causes chronic inflammation of the intestines. For reasons that are not yet clearly understood, the child’s immune system becomes abnormally active against his or her own intestines. The most common symptoms of IBD include diarrhea (often with blood and mucus), abdominal pain,… Read more »

Managing Symptoms with an Effective Diverticulitis Diet

From pain in the lower abdomen and fever to vomiting and constipation or diarrhea, managing the symptoms of diverticulitis with diet is possible. While antibiotics are necessary in many cases and rarely even surgery, eating a specific diverticulitis diet can ease the discomfort and serious symptoms associated with this inflammation of the diverticula in the… Read more »

Crohn’s Disease Diet: What to Eat During a Flare-Up

For those with Crohn’s disease, diet restrictions and monitoring are a part of daily life. Within the GI Alliance, we understand the importance of keeping your digestive system healthy and happy to keep symptoms at bay. No matter how cautious, Crohn’s disease patients will still face digestive “flare-ups” from time to time. When these flare-ups… Read more »

What Is My Microbiome?

Every time you turn on the TV, it seems like there’s a new commercial for something that contains “friendly bacteria” good for “gut health.” You scour the Internet to find out what makes bacteria friendly and come across the term “microbiome.” Micro wha? All of us have a microbiome, and it’s key to good health.… Read more »

IBD and Pregnancy: Tina Anderson’s Story

Editor’s note: TDDC brings you this first-person story from Tina Anderson, a patient of Dr. Rajeev Jain. Tina shares her story to show that with proper planning and care coordination, women with inflammatory bowel disease can have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Learn more here. May 11, 2003. It was a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon. The… Read more »