Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL

If you experience symptoms like chronic diarrhea or stomach aches, you may be suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, the team of board-certified gastroenterologists can help you get control of your symptoms and find a treatment that works for you. To speak with a specialist about your condition, call or book your appointment online today.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Q & A

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to a number of conditions that cause inflammation to the digestive tract. The most common types of IBD are:

  • Ulcerative Colitis: Ulcerative colitis is a condition that causes ulcers, sores, and inflammation in your digestive tract. It primarily affects the lining of the colon and the rectum. Ulcerative colitis can lead to serious health complications like severe bleeding, severe dehydration, and rapid swelling of the colon (toxic megacolon).
  • Crohn's Disease: Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the digestive tract. Crohn’s can affect different areas of the digestive tract, causing obstructions, tears, and ulcers. Crohn’s disease can lead to malnutrition and increase your risk of developing colon cancer.


What are the Symptoms of IBD?

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease experience a number of symptoms that range from mild to severe; symptoms of IBD usually develop gradually but can appear suddenly. Many patients with IBD experience remission, or periods without symptoms. Symptoms of IBD include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fever
  • Fatigue


If you experience concerning symptoms or changes to your bowel functions, the specialists at Illinois Gastroenterology Group can help you determine the cause of your condition. Although there is no cure for IBD, with proper treatment, you can experience long-term relief from your symptoms. 

How is Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treated?

Before you begin treatment, your doctor provides you with an accurate diagnosis of your condition. 

Because IBD shares symptoms with so many other digestive health problems, your doctor will go through a process of elimination to rule out other conditions like low iron anemia or infection. To diagnose your condition, your doctor may perform a number of tests, including:

  • Physical exam
  • Stool test
  • Blood test
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • X-ray
  • CT scan


Treatment for inflammatory bowel disease focuses on reducing inflammation of your digestive tract and providing long-term relief from your symptoms. Treatment for your condition may include:

  • Dietary modifications
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-diarrheal medication
  • Immune system suppressors


In some cases, surgery may be required to remove obstructions or repair damaged parts of the digestive tract.

To discuss inflammatory bowel disease with a digestive health specialist, call Illinois Gastroenterology Group by phone or online today.