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Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Weston, MA

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a general term used to describe conditions involving inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. The most common types of IBD include:

  • Crohn's disease: Characterized by uncomfortable inflammation primarily in the digestive tract, Crohn's disease can affect any area of the gastrointestinal tract, especially in the lower part of the small intestine and the beginning of the colon
  • Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis involves inflammation of the colon, often accompanied by ulcers in the colon's lining; this condition is confined to the colon

Board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Vera Denmark commonly diagnoses and helps patients manage IBD. We may employ various methods to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), depending on the symptoms presented. Commonly, doctors opt for procedures, like endoscopy or colonoscopy, to identify IBD. In certain cases, additional imaging tests may be conducted, including x-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans.

If you think you might be experiencing this problem and are requiring treatment for IBD in Weston, MA, please contact Denmark Digestive Health to connect with our gastrointestinal experts.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, is treated through a combination of medication, lifestyle changes, and sometimes surgery, depending on the severity and specifics of the condition. Some of our treatment approaches include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Surgery
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs targeted at an overactive immune system
  • Anti-diarrheal medications
  • Dietary changes and avoiding certain foods that aggravate symptoms
  • Nutritional supplements, such as liquid supplements, calcium, Vitamin D, and iron supplements, in case the body is not absorbing enough nutrients
  • Stress management
  • Regular exercise
  • Routine checkups

It's important for individuals with IBD to work closely with our team to develop a treatment plan tailored to their specific conditions and symptoms. Treatment is typically aimed at reducing inflammation, controlling symptoms, and maintaining remission.

Symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can differ based on the specific type and severity of the disease. If you observe any persistent changes in your bowel habits or experience any combination of the following symptoms, we advise you to contact Denmark Digestive Health in Weston, MA to schedule a visit. Common symptoms of IBD include:

  • Significant, unexplained weight fluctuation
  • Persistent fever
  • Abdominal discomfort or pain
  • Frequent diarrhea
  • Presence of blood in stool
  • Skin rashes
  • Urgency in bowel movements
  • Pain, irritation, or discomfort in the anal or rectal area
  • Disruption of normal menstrual cycles
  • Difficulty with bowel movements (constipation)
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Joint pain or stiffness
  • Ongoing fatigue or exhaustion

Dr. Vera Denmark is a very patient Physician! She helped me come off the medication and change my diet to prevent me from having acid reflux disease! She is very thorough and thoughtful and always examined me very carefully!

Anonymous Healthgrades

Dr Denmark is welcoming and calming. She is a great listener and does an outstanding job of aligning with the patient to assess patient and symptoms. Dr Denmark explained her analysis of my situation in clear, easy to understand language, and wrote out a plan of action that included all of my concerns. She was able to diagnose a condition that I have had for years, that kept getting worse. No previous Dr was able to help me. I am now on the mend and so happy that I was lucky enough to find her.

J.W. Healthgrades

Dr. Denmark is the most compassionate/intuitive/brilliant medical professional I've ever had the privilege of getting an appointment for consultation. Walking in with fears and leaving with sound, practical advice has made me understand that with aging, you have to change your diet. The terrible stabbing pain ceased. She listened and with questions and answers, got right to the problem.She spent a lot of time with me. Thank you so much.

J. Healthgrades

Experienced and knowledgeable about GI issues. Dr. Denmark was quick and efficient with my exam and diagnosis. The surgical center was totally overbooked the day I went for my exam, but these things happen.

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Can lifestyle changes impact the progression of IBD?

Yes, lifestyle changes can play a significant role in managing IBD. Stress reduction, regular exercise, and a balanced diet tailored to individual needs can help reduce flare-ups and improve overall well-being. Avoiding smoking is also crucial, as it can exacerbate IBD symptoms, especially in Crohn's disease. Alcohol and caffeine can irritate the digestive system and may worsen IBD symptoms for some individuals. Limiting intake or finding personal tolerance levels can be beneficial. Getting enough quality sleep is another factor that impacts IBD flare-ups. Those with the disease should also avoid taking ibuprofen and naproxen because they can worsen IBD symptoms and increase the risk of flare-ups.

Are there any complications of IBD that patients should be aware of?

Yes, IBD can lead to several complications, including increased risk of colorectal cancer, strictures (narrowing of the intestines), fistulas (abnormal connections between different parts of the intestine), and nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption. Patients with IBD should be closely monitored by their healthcare providers for these complications, and preventive measures should be taken when possible. Early detection and management of complications are crucial for maintaining quality of life and overall health.

Can IBD go into remission?

Yes, IBD can go into remission with proper treatment. It can be induced through various medical therapies, including medication, dietary management, and sometimes surgery. The goal of treatment is often to achieve and maintain remission, which means the disease is inactive and symptoms are minimal or absent. However, remission does not mean the disease is cured. IBD is a chronic condition, and ongoing management may be necessary to maintain remission and prevent flare-ups.

How can IBD patients best communicate their needs to healthcare providers?

IBD patients should be open and honest with their healthcare providers about their symptoms, lifestyle, dietary habits, and any concerns they have. Keeping a symptom diary and being prepared with questions before appointments can help ensure productive conversations and personalized care plans.

While not a life-threatening condition in itself, IBD can lead to more serious complications if not properly managed and treated. Over time, untreated IBD can increase the risk of developing colon cancer or other potentially serious conditions. At Denmark Digestive Health, our expert team, led by Dr. Vera Denmark, provides various treatment options to manage symptoms and improve the quality of life for individuals with IBD. For assistance with IBD, consider contacting our practice in Weston, MA.

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