Statistics published by the CDC estimate that about three million Americans struggle with a condition called IBD or inflammatory bowel disease. It creates painful or strained bowel movements and often causes embarrassing side effects, including the urgent need to use the bathroom at the most inopportune times. Know the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease so that you can discuss this condition, along with possible treatments, with Dr. Melvin Bullock at his office in Roswell, GA.
Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease, also called IBD, is an intestinal disorder caused by inflammation of the lining of the intestines and colon. The two main types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. IBD is most commonly diagnosed in adults over the age of 20 and patients over the age of 45 are at the highest risk of symptoms. There’s no known cause for IBD, but it may be aggravated by any of the following:
- A food allergy, poor diet, or nutritional deficiency.
- A dysfunction related to the immune system.
- Stress or environmental factors.
- Heredity (may run in families).
- NSAID medications that can irritate the stomach and intestines.
Symptoms of IBD
Patients urgently want relief from inflammatory bowel disease because of the unpredictable symptoms it causes. They can significantly disrupt a patient’s work, ability to recreate, and general confidence when facing the day. Those symptoms include:
- Urgent diarrhea
- Blood in the stool
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Problems sleeping and fatigue
- Stomach bloating
Calming IBD Symptoms
It may not be possible to cure inflammatory bowel disease, but there are steps that can calm symptoms and flare-ups. Your Roswell gastroenterologist can treat the condition by prescribing anti-inflammatory medications. Antibiotic therapy and immune system suppressants may also help. If the problem is related to a food allergy or dietary issue, your doctor can consult you on better nutritional options. It’s also helpful to get proper sleep and physical exercise on a daily basis. It may take time for the symptoms to subside after treatment. Surgery is an option, but only in very serious cases.
See Your Doctor for Treatment Options
Inflammatory bowel disease could lead to additional gastric problems if it isn’t treated or managed. Call (770) 442-5882 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bullock at his office in Roswell, GA.