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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' specialty is adult gastroenterology. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Thomas trained at Mayo Clinic. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thomas include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thomas honors. Dr. Thomas speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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All Interests: Bile Duct Stones, Colitis, Gallstones, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Joseph Reddy is a gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include the following: diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. He is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Reddy accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Guntur Medical College for medical school, he completed his residency training at OhioHealth - Grant Medical Center, Columbus. In addition to English, Dr. Reddy speaks Telugu. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Ananthram Reddy is a gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include the following: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Reddy honors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Reddy graduated from Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati and then he performed his 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's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He speaks Arabic. Dr. Lajin's areas of expertise include ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He graduated from Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine and the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Lajin is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice 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. Rokay G Kamyar, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
5119 Garfield Street
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Rokay Kamyar practices adult gastroenterology. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. These areas are among Dr. Kamyar's clinical interests: ulcers, crohn's disease, and liver disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Kamyar obtained his medical school training at Chiba University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Kamyar (or staff) is conversant in German and Japanese.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. In addition to English, he speaks Russian. Clinical interests for Dr. Shpaner include colon polypectomy, hepatitis, and crohn's disease. He is professionally affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and a graduate of VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System's residency program. Dr. Shpaner is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shpaner's practice is open to 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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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
6719 Alvarado Road; Suite 206
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Meng Hua is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. She works in San Diego, CA. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 1.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Hua's clinical interests include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. She is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. She is accepting new patients. After attending Heidelberg University for medical school, Dr. Hua completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Hua (or staff) speaks Mandarin and German.

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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's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schaeffer include ulcers, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and crohn's disease. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Schaeffer honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. Dr. Schaeffer attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Schaeffer trained at a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU).

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

Dr. Ali Banaie practices adult gastroenterology in La Mesa, CA. His clinical interests include diverticular disease, ulcers, and crohn's disease. Dr. Banaie is affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Dr. Banaie welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at St. George's University School of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Banaie speaks Persian.

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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.