Inflammatory Bowel Disease
There are over 1 million people currently living in the U.S. with inflammatory IBD Enrollment Form bowel disease. There are many medications and treatments available to help you obtain significant symptom relief. Here at Noble Health Services, we have a caring and knowledgeable team who is devoted to helping you as you work along with your doctor to find your best treatment option.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic (long term) illness that belongs to a group of illnesses called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which cause inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. While the causes and cure for this condition are yet to be known, there are many treatments and medications that are very effective in decreasing the complications of Crohn’s. All portions of the digestive tract can be affected, with the end of the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine being the most commonly affected areas. It is possible for large portions of the digestive system to be healthy, while others are affected by the disease. Fortunately, current medication regimens have been able to bring about long-term remission in many patients.
There are five types of Crohn’s Disease:
Ileocolitis is the most common form of Crohn’s disease and affects the end of the small intestine and the large intestine.
Ileitis affects solely the ileum. It is very similar to ileocolitis. Severe cases may cause inflammatory abscess in the bottom right of the abdomen.
Gastroduodenal Crohn’s disease
Gastroduodenal Crohn’s disease affects the stomach and the beginning of the small intestine.
Jejunoileitis cause inflamed patchy areas in the upper half of the small intestine.
Crohn’s (granulomatous) colitis
Crohn’s (granulomatous) colitis strictly affects the colon. Pain in the joints and skin lesions are possible to show in this form of Crohn’s disease, more so than the others listed above.
Incidence: The cause of Crohn’s Disease is currently unknown.
- Affects 1.6 million Americans
- Most are diagnosed before the age of 35
Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic disease of the colon (large intestine) that causes inflammation and ulcers (tiny sores) that create pus and mucous. The ulcers develop due to the body mistaking food and other natural digestive substances for foreign entities causing it to constantly attack. The difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s is that Crohn’s can affect any part of the gastrointestinal track and ulcerative colitis is limited to strictly the colon, as well as only its lining, instead of several layers. Many of the symptoms that are found with ulcerative colitis mirror the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
- 907,000 people in the United States are affected
- Researchers have not determined an inheritance pattern
Symptoms related to inflammation of the GI tract:
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Rectal bleeding
- Cramps and pain in the abdominal region
- Feeling the inability to completely void bladder
General symptoms that may also be associated with IBD:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight Loss
- Night sweats
- Amenorrhea – abnormal absence of menstruation