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We found 9 providers with an interest in Crohn's disease and who accept Cigna 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 is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in San Diego, CA, Rancho Mirage, CA, and Chula Vista, CA. After attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Thomas's clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Thomas's professional 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's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Reddy include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Reddy attended Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati for medical school and subsequently trained at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6699 Alvarado Road; Suite 2301
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Joseph Reddy practices adult gastroenterology in San Diego, CA and El Cajon, CA. Dr. Reddy speaks Telugu. These areas are among his clinical interests: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Reddy is a graduate of Guntur Medical College. His training includes a residency program at OhioHealth - Grant Medical Center, Columbus. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reddy accepts. Dr. Reddy is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Mahmoud Lajin's specialty is adult gastroenterology. These areas are among Dr. Lajin's clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. He is conversant in Arabic. Dr. Lajin is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He 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 an adult gastroenterology specialist. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. Dr. Kamyar is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kamyar's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Chiba University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Kamyar has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Kamyar (or staff) speaks German and Japanese.

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

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

Dr. Cynthia Schaeffer, who practices in San Diego, CA and Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Dr. Schaeffer's professional affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. She obtained her medical school training at St. Louis University School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). Dr. Schaeffer is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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

Dr. Meng Hua specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in San Diego, CA. Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hua include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. She is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She attended Heidelberg University for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Hua a rating of 1.5 stars out of 5. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. 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 sees patients in La Mesa, CA. His medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine and a graduate of St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark's residency program. These areas are among Dr. Banaie's clinical interests: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Banaie has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is conversant in Persian. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Alexander Shpaner specializes in adult gastroenterology. His clinical interests include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Dr. Shpaner takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is conversant in Russian. Dr. Shpaner is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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