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Discussing Crohn's and Colitis with Dr. Whitehead

November 6, 2017
If you’re one of the many people who suffers from an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease and colitis, you will want to tune into this important discussion with Greg Carpenter, Co-Host of the 101.9 Morning Show and Dr. Diana Whitehead, GBMC Gastroenterologist. Dr. Whitehead explains the treatment options and services available at GBMC and answers Facebook questions about these common conditions.

Dr. Whitehead explains that Crohn’s disease is chronic inflammation and can affect the body anywhere from the mouth, esophagus and down the GI tract to the anus. Colitis is inflammation that affects the rectum to the large bowel, which is commonly known as the colon. These conditions are an autoimmune response in which the body actually attacks its own tissue cells, causing the chronic inflammation.

How do you know if you have an inflammatory bowel disease? Dr. Whitehead says that symptoms of bowel irritability can include crampy abdominal pain, bloody stools, diarrhea, and 10 to 15 bowel movements in one day. Fatigue, night sweats, and weight loss can also be symptoms of undiagnosed Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

During this segment, Dr. Whitehead answers the common questions people have about these conditions and explains more about:
  • Symptoms of inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • How Crohn’s disease and colitis are diagnosed using a colonoscopy and endoscopic biopsy, and the importance of undergoing this simple procedure.
  • How inflammatory bowel diseases are treated. Dr. Whitehead talks about the exciting new medications that are being introduced as well as new, targeted therapies being used to suppress the immune response to improve symptoms.
  • Natural ways to treat the diseases and lower inflammation in the body and how healing the gut through natural therapies and diet can complement more conventional medical therapies to lower inflammation.
  • How doctors help manage these conditions during pregnancy.
  • Important resources and support services available to patients living with inflammatory bowel disease.
Dr. Whitehead adds that there isn’t a true cure to these chronic conditions, but adds that different treatments can manage inflammatory bowel diseases for the long term. “Our goal is to put you into remission. We are focused on making your good days outweigh your bad days. We can’t take the condition away, but we can certainly make you feel better with our interventions.”
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