Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term used to describe a group of disorders which affect the digestive tract. The condition is caused by the body’s own immune system attacking itself, causing inflammation, intestinal damage, and abdominal pain. Though there are many symptoms for IBD, arthritis is one of the most common symptoms experienced outside of the intestines.
At her practice in Beverly Hills, rheumatologist Dr. Baker can identify, diagnose, and treat patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker, please call (310) 274-7770 or fill out the online contact form today.
Types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Regardless of which specific form of IBD a patient suffers from, the cause of the disease is the same: the body’s own tissue being targeted by the body immune response. After some time, patients can begin suffering from diarrhea and other digestive issues if no treatment is provided.
Arthritis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
However, unlike rheumatoid arthritis, which erodes and permanently damages joints, arthritis from IBD has no long-term negative effects on the body. Instead of having their joints worn down, patients suffering from IBD arthritis will have swollen, inflamed, and painful joints. During periods of little to no inflammation, a patient’s joint will still remain in working order, and will have suffered no permanent damage from the symptoms of IBD.
Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Arthritis
Treatment for IBD depends on a patient’s form of IBD (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease). Typically, however, treatment takes the following forms:
Various medications and drugs can help reduce the symptoms and severity of a patient’s IBD, but they can also result in numerous side effects and complications. Short-term medications include corticosteroids.
Immune System Suppressors
Instead of treating the inflammation itself (as is the case with anti-inflammatory medications), immune system suppressors target a patient’s immune system. These types of treatment suppress the immune system’s response, thereby reducing inflammation in the process.
Please call (310) 274-7770 to learn more about the different forms of immune system suppressors used by Dr. Baker.
To learn more about inflammatory bowel arthritis, visit health.harvard.edu
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I thought I was suffering from IBD, but now my symptoms have stopped and I haven’t received any treatment. Has my IBD gone away?
Q: Besides arthritis, what are some other complications created by IBD?
- Bowel obstruction
- Anal fissures
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Baker Today!
If you’re suffering from arthritis caused by IBD, please schedule a consultation with Beverly Hills rheumatologist Dr. Baker today. With proper diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Baker can provide patients with a life free of the pain associated with inflammatory bowel arthritis. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker, please contact her online or call (310) 274-7770 today.
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