Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Oak Lawn, Oakbrook Terrace & Palos Heights, IL

As many as 45 million people in the United States suffer from pain and other chronic symptoms of irritable bowel disease. At the Oakbrook Terrace, Palos Heights, and Oak Lawn, Illinois, offices of Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the board-certified team of gastroenterology specialists offers on-site diagnostic testing and treatments for irritable bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The staff also works closely with you to make dietary changes to prevent pain and protect your digestive health. If you have chronic diarrhea or blood in your stool, schedule an evaluation at Illinois Gastroenterology Group today by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online now.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Q & A

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes several inflammatory disorders that affect your digestive tract. The diseases associated with IBD may be the result of dysfunction in your immune system, although what actually causes the diseases isn’t well understood.

Two of the most common types of irritable bowel disease include:

  • Ulcerative Colitis: Ulcerative colitis causes chronic inflammation and ulcers to develop on the inner lining of your large intestine and rectum.
  • Crohn's Disease: Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the lining of your digestive tract and can spread into the deepest tissue layers.

In some cases, the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can become debilitating and, without proper treatment, can lead to life-threatening health complications.

What are the Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease?

Symptoms of irritable bowel disease depend on the location and severity of inflammation. Some of the most common symptoms of IBD include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Changes in appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss

If left untreated, irritable bowel disease can lead to serious health complications, such as an increased risk for colon cancer, ulcers, and bowel obstructions.

How is Irritable Bowel Disease Diagnosed?

To confirm a diagnosis of irritable bowel disease and rule out other issues that may be causing your symptoms, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider may request blood tests and use endoscopic procedures to evaluate the overall health of your digestive tract.

The Illinois Gastroenterology Group offers on-site procedures like colonoscopy and upper endoscopy, which allow your doctor to get a better look at the digestive tract without surgery. You may also need imaging tests, like a CT scan or X-rays, to evaluate your digestive structures.

How is Irritable Bowel Disease Treated?

The Illinois Gastroenterology Group medical team customizes treatment plans to reduce inflammation and ease pain and other IBD symptoms. In many cases, anti-inflammatory medicines are useful for preventing inflammation. You may also need medicines to suppress your immune system and prevent it from producing chemicals that can cause inflammation.

Your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider also works with you on your diet to ensure you get the right nutrition while avoiding foods that may trigger inflammation.

If you have symptoms of irritable bowel disease, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Illinois Gastroenterology Group by calling the office nearest you or by using the online booking feature.