What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease is a chronic ailment that can cause inflammation and scarring in the digestive tract. While unpleasant and potentially dangerous, there are treatments available. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, we recommend coming in right away. The sooner you begin treatment, the better your chances are at achieving relief.

As a top gastroenterologist in Los Angeles, Dr. Tabib has helped countless patients find relief. He works closely with each patient. Keeping you central, he creates treatment plants designed specifically for your unique condition. The human body is incredibly complex. And Dr. Tabib understands that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for these conditions.

Crohn’s Disease Overview

The disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This includes a range of internal conditions. Some are mild, while others have a significant impact on your life. IBD can lead to:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Unwanted weight loss
  • Malnutrition

In mild cases, these results are merely unpleasant. However, if severe enough, they can be a danger to your overall health. Crohn’s disease usually affects the end portion of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This disease can also affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall. The only way to know if through medical tests. Dr. Tabib provides comprehensive testing to help you understand your condition.

What Are the Signs of Crohn’s Disease?

To determine if you have this condition, you should be seen by an expert. After running tests and an examination, Dr. Tabib can determine a diagnosis. However, there are some signs to watch out for at home. If you are experiencing any of these, we recommend coming in for an exam. Some of them are not only symptoms of Crohn’s disease but of other severe disorders as well.

Below are some indications of Crohn’s Disease

  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Urgent need to move bowels
  • Abdominal cramps and pain
  • Stress
  • Sensation of incomplete evacuation
  • Constipation (possibly leading to bowel obstruction)

Primary symptoms sometimes associated with IBD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a general category of internal disorders. While they each have their unique aspects, they do share some common symptoms. You may be suffering from an IBD if you experience:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Loss of normal menstrual cycle

Even if you have symptoms, only testing by a professional can diagnose this disease. You will ultimately save yourself time and money by having a professional diagnosis. Often, trying to treat these conditions at home without a diagnosis has little effect. You may spend time and money only to make the condition worse.

Every step of the way, Dr. Tabib keeps his patients fully informed. You will never be in the dark about your condition or treatment options. Knowing is quite often at least half the battle.

Who Is Affected by Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s disease affects about 780,000 Americans. Young adults between the ages of 15-35 are more likely to be diagnosed. The underlying causes of Crohn’s disease are not well understood. But, current research suggests that several factors could be the cause. These include:

  • Genetics (and hereditary causes)
  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Environmental factors

For most of the causes, simple lifestyle changes can prove effective. However, medical treatment may still be needed.


The first step in treating this condition is a professional diagnosis. This is achieved through medical techniques such as imaging and lab tests.

Labs and tests:

  • Blood Tests
  • Stool Tests

How to Treat Crohn’s Disease

Although Crohn’s disease cannot be cured, medications may slow the progression. Diet, bowel rest, and increasing soluble fiber intake may suppress symptoms. Prescriptions such as Aminosalicylates, antibiotics, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, and biologic drugs are crucial for the long-term control of disease progression.

Complementary Alternative Medicine may be beneficial to treat symptoms. Curcumin, probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, and aloe vera juice can be helpful. Supplements, herbal remedies, and traditional medicines are not researched or regulated in the same way as pharmaceutical drugs are. Please be wary of any curative claim that a manufacturer states.

How to Treat Crohn’s Disease

Although Crohn’s disease does not have a permanent cure, medications may slow the progression. Still, future medical research may provide a better solution. For now, there are several ways to lessen symptoms. These include:

  • Diet changes
  • Bowel rest
  • Increasing soluble fiber

Prescriptions can also help patients, depending on their situation. Some examples include:

  • Aminosalicylates
  • Antibiotics
  • Corticosteroids
  • Immunomodulators
  • Biologic drugs

These all can be crucial for the long-term control of disease progression.

Complementary lifestyle additions may be beneficial to treat symptoms. Some such supplements include the ones below.

  • Curcumin
  • Probiotics
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Aloe vera juice

However, be careful before trying to treat any condition with unproven cures. Supplements, herbal remedies, and traditional medicines are not researched. Nor are they regulated in the same way as pharmaceutical drugs are. Please be wary of any curative claim that a manufacturer states. Avoiding professional treatment may only worsen the problem.

Crohn’s Disease Surgery Options

Surgery cannot cure this disease, but it can help restore normal bowel function. Dr. Tabib provides a range of surgical options. During your appointment, he will let you know of any options that may help with your condition.

Recovery depends on the type of surgery performed. Before surgery, patients may experience up to 12 bowel movements a day. After a few months, most will be down to 6 to 8 bowel movements per day. Talk to Dr. Tabib about your specific needs that relate to diet and daily physical activities.

Contact Us Today

Today, gastroenterology conditions can be treated effectively. You do not need to live with discomfort daily. Take the first step toward a life of comfort and peace by scheduling a consultation today. Though many conditions might not have a cure, there is hope. Modern medicine allows for ways to keep your symptoms under control. Often, patients report complete relief from all symptoms.

We provide everyone a treatment plan to meet your unique needs and improve your quality of life. Dr. Tabib understands that each patient is unique and centers his treatment around this idea. Contact our center to schedule a consultation with Los Angeles’ preferred Gastroenterologist.

Get your

Siamak Tabib, M.D., Inc.
8631 W 3rd St Suite 1015E,
Los Angeles, CA 90048

(310) 683-4911

    Voted Best Gastroenterologist in Los Angeles


    awards logos