Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Tillman Medical Group

Gastroenterologists & Internal Medicine located in Vidalia, LA

If you’re suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), C. R. Tillman, MD, and Kellen Jex, MD, at Tillman Medical Group in Vidalia, Louisiana, are expert gastroenterologists who provide diagnosis, treatment, and superior care for your condition. Call the office today, or book an appointment online for a consultation to help relieve your symptoms.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Q & A

What is inflammatory bowel disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a long-term condition that can keep coming back, affecting your digestive tract. It causes inflammation of the colon, small intestine, and stomach, and can cause severe pain, diarhea, and bleeding or anemia (low blood count).

The two types of IBD are:

Crohn’s disease

This type of IBD can cause inflammation anywhere in your digestive tract and can lead to severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue, and malnutrition. Untreated or more severe disease can sometimes lead to other complications such as fistulas (an abnormal connection between two parts of your digestive tract), or strictures.

Ulcerative colitis

This type of IBD causes inflammation and possibly ulcers in the lining of your colon and rectum and causing diarrhea containing blood or pus, cramping, and rectal bleeding.

Your doctor at Tillman Medical Group evaluates your condition and creates a personalized treatment plan to help you start feeling better.

What are the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease?

IBD’s symptoms range from mild to severe, depending on where the inflammation is in your digestive tract and if you’re having a flare-up.

Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea with possible blood
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Iron deficiency
  • Urgency to have a bowel movement

If you experience symptoms of IBD, it’s crucial that you see your doctor at Tillman Medical Group. If IBD is left untreated, more serious problems can come up.

What causes inflammatory bowel disease?

IBD is idiopathic, meaning that we do not fully understand what causes it. However, a combination of bacteria, antigens, and viruses can provoke your immune system, producing an inflammatory reaction in your intestinal tract. There is also a genetic component, meaning that risks for it can be passed through families.

Recent studies show that genetics and/or your surroundings could lead to the onset of IBD. Your body’s own tissue can also have an autoimmune reaction, leading to IBD.

Regardless of IBD’s cause, if you’re suffering from symptoms, seek medical care at Tillman Medical Group for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.

How is inflammatory bowel disease treated?

When treating IBD, your doctor’s goal is to reduce the inflammation in your bowels. In some cases, the treatment can keep the symptoms away only for a while. In other cases, it can turn into long-term remission.

Treatments include:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Immunosuppressant drugs
  • Antibiotics
  • Supplements
  • Nutritional support
  • Surgery

The team at Tillman Medical Group offers the highest level of care for IBD, no matter the severity of your condition.

To get your IBD under control and to reduce the chance of more serious problems developing, call the office today or click the online booking tool to experience Tillman Medical Group’s attentive treatment and care.