Crohn's Disease

crohn's disease

What is Crohn's Disease?

Have you or a family member been recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease? Do you suspect you may have symptoms of Crohn’s disease? At Generations Family Practice we aim to provide education and support for those living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract. The specific areas of inflammation within the digestive tract vary in different people.
The inflammation caused by Crohn's disease often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue. Crohn's disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.

While there's no known cure for Crohn's disease, therapies can greatly reduce its signs and symptoms and even bring about long-term remission. With treatment, many people with Crohn's disease are able to function well. (Source: Mayo Clinic)

Symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal cramps and pain
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Urgent need to move bowels

How is Crohn's Disease Diagnosed and Treated?

Depending on your symptoms and medical history, your physician will work with you to determine the appropriate tests and treatment. It is important to first rule out other possible causes for your symptoms. 

There is currently no cure for Crohn's disease. Through drug therapy and sometimes surgery, we work to reduce the inflammation that causes your signs and symptoms. We also work to improve your long-term prognosis by limiting complications and, in some cases, achieving long-term remission.

Getting Help

Our very own Carinne Woodworth, PA, lives with Crohn's. Read her story here.

You can learn more about Crohn's disease through the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.

Our Generations Family Practice team is ready to help you improve your quality of life while living with Crohn's disease. Call us today at (919) 852-3444 to schedule an appointment.