It’s not uncommon to experience abdominal pain every now and again. But if your pain doesn’t seem to improve and you’re also experiencing other symptoms, such as fatigue or changes in bowel habits, then there may be something more going on, such as colitis. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Capitol Gastro, with offices in Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, and Dripping Springs, Texas, specialize in many common gastrointestinal disorders, including colitis, and can provide the most appropriate treatment to relieve your symptoms. Call the office most convenient to you today or book an appointment online.
Colitis is a general medical term that indicates chronic inflammation of the lining of your digestive system. The inflammation may occur in your small or large intestine and may develop from an infection, injury, or chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
Colitis symptoms vary and may include:
You may also experience symptoms not related to your digestive system, such as joint pain or depression.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact the team at Capitol Gastro for an evaluation.
There are many types of colitis. Some of the most common include:
Your specialist at Capitol Gastro conducts a comprehensive examination to determine the type of colitis causing your symptoms to ensure you get the most effective treatment.
Ulcerative colitis refers to inflammation and swelling that occur in your large intestine. It’s a type of inflammatory bowel disease that may ultimately lead to the development of ulcers in the tissue. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease, but the team at Capitol Gastro can provide treatment to help you manage the condition and prevent flare-ups and damage to your digestive tissue.
Your specialist at Capitol Gastro conducts a comprehensive examination when you come to the office with complaints of abdominal pain and bowel changes. In addition to a physical exam and review of your symptoms and medical history, your specialist may recommend various tests to confirm or rule out other causes of your symptom, such as:
These tests may also help determine the underlying cause of your inflammation.
Your specialist at Capitol Gastro develops a personalized treatment plan to manage your colitis based on the underlying cause and your symptoms. Treatment may include:
Your specialist closely monitors your response to treatment and makes adjustments as needed.
For expert colitis care, call Capitol Gastro today or request an appointment online.