What are Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a collection of disorders involving chronic inflammation (pain and swelling) of the digestive tract: mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines. Any inflammation in the digestive tract interferes with the normal process of food digestion, absorption of nutrients, and excretion of waste products.

The types of inflammatory bowel disease are:

  • Crohn's disease – this condition is characterized by swelling of the digestive tract lining. It also involves inflammation in the deeper levels of the tract.
  • Ulcerative colitis – this type of IBD entails inflammation and ulcers along the superficial lining of the colon and rectum.
  • Microscopic colitis – this type of inflammatory bowel disease causes swellings on the intestines that can only be detected using a microscope.

Symptoms of Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease differ depending on the severity of inflammation and the part it affects. The symptoms may be mild or severe, and you may have periods of active illness, then periods of remission. The most common IBD symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Blood in the stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Gas and bloating
  • Weight loss
  • Upset stomach
  • Fatigue
  • Ulcers
Symptoms of Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease? | Idaho Digestive Health Institute

What are the Risk Factors for Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Scientists are still trying to determine the cause of inflammatory bowel disease. Three factors are dominant in the research: genetics, immune system response, and environmental triggers.

What Treatments are Recommended for Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and How Do They Help?

A doctor can confirm the diagnosis of IBD after carrying out lab studies and procedures that may include: 

The tests and procedures will help you control inflammation so that you don't have remission.

How Can Gastroenterologist Dr. Woolf Help Patients With Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

If your IBD symptoms persist, your doctor may refer you to a gastroenterologist for further help. The gastroenterologist can help you with your IBD and its related concerns. The expert will ask you several questions then propose the proper treatment. If you suspect any IBD symptoms in your body, don't hesitate to contact Idaho Digestive Health Institute to schedule a consultation with Caldwell, Idaho's top digestive expert, Dr. Woolf.

How Can Gastroenterologist Dr. Woolf Help Patients With Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Why Go To Idaho Digestive Health Institute And See Dr. Woolf For This Procedure?

Dr. Woolf has the extended training necessary for the push enteroscopy procedure. In Caldwell, the Idaho Digestive Health Institute has knowledgeable and compassionate staff who will take the best care of you before, during, and after your procedure. If you are ready to schedule your push enteroscopy, contact us today.