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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' medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Thomas graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Thomas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Santee, CA, El Cajon, CA, and San Diego, CA. Dr. Reddy's areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Reddy is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati and residency at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

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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 practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Lajin speaks Arabic. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Before performing his residency at Beaumont Hospitals, Dr. Lajin attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Lajin welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. Rokay Kamyar is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kamyar takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Kamyar is a graduate of Chiba University School of Medicine and a graduate of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center's residency program. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Kamyar (or staff) speaks German and Japanese. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Kamyar's practice is open to new patients.

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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 a San Diego, CA physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Shpaner include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Shpaner is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and performed his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. In addition to English, Dr. Shpaner speaks Russian.

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

Dr. Meng Hua practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA. Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German. Dr. Hua's clinical interests include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Hua attended Heidelberg University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. She has a 1.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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 is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Dr. Schaeffer honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. She studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU) for her residency. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Schaeffer's 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 works as a gastroenterologist. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Banaie completed a residency program at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark. Clinical interests for Dr. Banaie include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Banaie speaks Persian. He 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, 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.