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We found 8 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Anthem Blue Cross EPO near La Mesa, CA.

Dr. Carlton Wayne Thomas Jr., MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Carlton Thomas sees patients in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Thomas include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Thomas attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Mayo Clinic for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Ananthram Pottipati Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2301
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Ananthram Reddy's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reddy include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati. He trained at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for residency. Dr. Reddy is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Heartburn, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mahmoud Lajin, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 330
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Mahmoud Lajin sees patients in La Mesa, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Arabic. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Lajin is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Lajin studied medicine at Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lajin completed a residency program at Beaumont Hospitals. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lajin takes. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Rokay G Kamyar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5119 Garfield Street
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Rokay Kamyar's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Before performing his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Dr. Kamyar attended Chiba University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kamyar include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Kamyar takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Kamyar (or staff) is conversant in German and Japanese. Dr. Kamyar is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Liver Biopsy, Crohn's ... (Read more)

Dr. Alexander Shpaner, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Alexander Shpaner is an adult gastroenterology specialist. Dr. Shpaner's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Shpaner include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shpaner's office for an appointment. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Dr. Shpaner is conversant in Russian.

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All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colon Polypectomy, Crohn's ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Meng Hua's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Hua has received a 1.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Hua attended Heidelberg University for medical school. Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hua is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Hemorrhoids, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Other
292 Euclid Avenue; Suite 115
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer works as a gastroenterologist. Her education and training includes medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). These areas are among Dr. Schaeffer's clinical interests: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. Ali Banaie, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
8860 Center Drive; Suite 420
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Ali Banaie's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Banaie graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Banaie takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Diverticular Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn's Disease, Liver ... (Read more)

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What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune illness that results in chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It is one of a similar group of conditions called inflammatory bowel disease. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s are abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crohn’s can be difficult to distinguish from another type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. The symptoms are almost identical, but the way they affect the digestive tract is different. While technically Crohn’s can be present anywhere in the digestive tract, it is most commonly found in the small intestine. In contrast, ulcerative colitis is only found in the colon. Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the intestine, while ulcerative colitis affects only the lining. Finally, the inflammation caused by Crohn’s is patchy, but the inflammation due to ulcerative colitis is continuous.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea, sometimes alternating with constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • A sense of urgency about going to the bathroom
  • Feeling like you keep needing use the bathroom, even after you have already done so
  • General symptoms of illness, such as fever, weight loss, and fatigue

The symptoms of Crohn’s tend to cycle. They may be very strong for periods of time, called ‘flares,’ and they may go away for periods of time, known as remission.

There are several treatment options for Crohn’s, and what works for one person may not work for another. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatments can help make symptoms less severe and more manageable. Options include:
  • Medications, including immunosuppressants, biologics, antibiotics, and aminosalicylates
  • Special diets, both bland to avoid triggering flares and high in nutrition to prevent deficiencies
  • Surgery to remove sections of severely diseased intestine, which can reduce symptoms for a period of time

Living with Crohn’s disease can be challenging. However, with the right treatment, it is possible to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your active life.