Inflammatory bowel disease includes inflammation along the entire digestive tract. This condition is most commonly identified as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease is caused by inflammation of the digestive tract lining. This inflammation typically spreads into the large and small intestine. Ulcerative colitis involves ulcers in the large intestine and rectum. These conditions cause severe pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. Without treatment from a gastroenterologist, your situation can become life-threatening.
Dr. Silver will first conduct a series of diagnostic tests, such as a colonoscopy, to determine the extent of your IBD. From there he can decide on the best route of care. The overarching goal is to reduce the inflammation of your digestive tract. This may involve changing your diet and taking anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, immune system suppressors, and nutritional supplements. In more severe cases surgery for inflammatory bowel disease is a temporary solution to help control inflammation.
If you want to help reduce the inflammation within your digestive tract, there are steps you can take prior to visiting with Dr. Silver. Start by addressing your diet. Even though diet is not the cause of IBD, certain foods can cause irritation and painful flare-ups. Limit fatty foods, fiber-filled foods, and dairy products as each of these categories are detrimental to those with inflammatory bowel disease. You can also help your condition by eating several small meals rather than three main meals. Drink plenty of water, and avoid caffeine and alcohol. Talk to Dr. Silver about taking vitamins and supplements to help replenish those minerals and nutrients lost to chronic diarrhea and your restricted diet. You can also alleviate IBD by quitting smoking and reducing stress.
At Dr. Silver's practice, we are in-network with Medicare, Blue Cross, and Blue Shield. Please contact our office if you have any questions.
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